Walking around Lisbon | Portugal

Contrary to what you might think of its capricious topography, Lisbon is a city tailored to be explored on foot. Sure, maybe at some point you may have a slip and resort to some alternative mode, such as taking a walk by the legendary 28 tram that runs through the neighborhood of Alfama, but there is no better way to feel its pulse than walking.

Alfama trams

Alfama trams

Where to Start

Lisbon, especially its center, has a size manageable enough to venture to explore on foot, and the time required may vary depending on your interests and the time at your disposal, but can usually do along one morning. The best place to start exploring the Portuguese capital is the Rossio Square, the hub and a popular meeting place. With its fountain and statue in honor of Pedro IV and the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, it was the first place in Lisbon where the sidewalks were paved in black and white mosaic, one of the marks of the city.

Rossio Square

Rossio Square

On one side of the square, the Rua do Amparo, you will arrive at the Church of Santo Domingo, a notable Lisbon church of the thirteenth century that was severely damaged during the 1755 earthquake and in the later centuries was the victim of a terrible fire. Interestingly, the effects of both tragedies can be observed and the result is amazing. We recommend you follow along Rua das Portas de Santo Antão to run into the Restauradores Square where you can see the Obelisk commemorating Portugal’s independence from Spanish rule.

Restauradores Square

Restauradores Square

All roads lead to Rossio

Head down to Rua 1 de Dezembro to find the Rossio Central Station. This station connects with the metro and the suburban network, and up through the inside you can reach Chiado, where we recommend you wander through the streets of bohemian atmosphere. Chiado is adjacent to Barrio Alto, one of Lisbon’s most alternative parts, and where it is worth to do a night tour, dine and see a show of fado.

Bario Alto

Bario Alto

The best views of Lisbon

In Barrio Alto there is one of the attractions of Lisbon, the Santa Justa Lift that has a viewpoint that offers one of the best views of Lisbon, which includes panoramic views of the Tagus and the 25th of April Bridge. Once down, we suggest you follow the Rua de Santa Justa to cross the Rua Augusta, one of the most commercial streets in the city. This road takes you to Arch of Rua Augusta and other magical places of Lisbon, such as the Commerce Square, Lisbon’s most important and ancient city gate.

Arco da Rua Augusta

Arco da Rua Augusta

It is said that getting lost in a city is the best way to find yourself, and this statement is an absolute truth in a trip to Lisbon. Rather than follow a set route, you should walk as directed by instinct and sooner or later you’ll encounter a charming corner.

Lisbon photos by: m_travels, rangaku1976, Oneterry Aka Terry Kearney, seedosip, J-Fish

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