With a lively feel that never seems to go away, Lisbon is Portugal’s most multicultural city and is clearly in a social and economic boom! The vibrant and dynamic city has flourished as a rediscovered tourist destination, which caused a rebirth to the city which was once the World’s most powerful economic centre.
Shattered by the unstoppable destructive force of the 1755 earthquake, much of the city’s Old Town crumbled and had to be rebuilt. Much of its current buildings are dated from the 18th century onward because of that. The charm of older buildings side by side with newer constructions is quite evident in trendy Bairro Alto, for example, which is home of innumerable shops, restaurants and a vast bar scene.
Head down to Chiado and you will find elegant shops, historic cafés and a halfway point between the great scenery of the Carmo Church and the adjacent Santa Justa Lift. Keep heading towards the riverside – we recommend passing through the Old Bica area and you will find Cais do Sodré, the city’s former Red Light district which is now the city’s hottest late-night playground, bustling with great bars and Tagus-front restaurants.
The city has a lot of old and new to discover, and we haven’t even hit the tip of of the iceberg! Stay tuned for more tips on this “City of the 7 Hills”. Our next article is sure to tickle your fancy, as it’s devoted to one of our absolute favorite areas: the iconic Belém!