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LISBON - ALFAMA, BAIXA AND BAIRRO ALTO
DRINK A CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE AT LISBON’S CAFÉS
There are several cafés with a long tradition in the city. The Portuguese have always enjoyed a moment or two at a café, and the ones in Lisbon are quite well known for their history and excellence of service.
For instance, you have the CAFÉ NICOLA, in Rossio, with its Art Nouveau façade. In Chiado, on the way to Bairro Alto, you’ll find the CAFÉ BÉNARD, with a more classical decoration, and with their homemade confectionary specialities. Right next to it is the A BRASILEIRA CAFÉ, where you may sit next to the great poet Fernando Pessoa, sculpted in bronze as a mundane man having a little cup of coffee. It is not unusual that a tourist will sit next to him and break his concentration by asking to take a picture.
This street sees endless crowds of artists and regular people, intellectuals, eccentric people and street artists… all kinds of people in a very sophisticated place.
GO UP THE SANTA JUSTA LIFT
Drawn by a disciple of the world-famous French engineer Eiffel, this lift is a piece of wrought iron architecture. Despite being more than a hundred years old, it still travels up thirty meters from the Baixa to the Carmo. Its incorporation into the city is marvellously achieved, between two blocks, in a narrow street, and it blossoms above the buildings in all its Neo-Gothic fantasy style. From the top of the lift one can see a breathtaking view over the city, or relax with a cup of coffee on its terrace.
TRAM NR. 28 THROUGH THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF THE CITY
According to a Portuguese expression, to visit Lisbon and not ride “the 28” (electrical tram line) is the same thing as “going to Rome and not see the Pope”. This is the most well-known route through the historical centre of Lisbon. If you’re planning on a shorter trip, you can take the 28 from Chiado down to the Baixa, crossing the Rua Augusta, and then further up the hill, by the Sé and the Largo das Portas do Sol. From here you enter the labyrinth of Alfama, through narrow, one-way streets, it goes past São Vicente de Fora church up to the Graça View Point. You can alight from the tram at this point and walk down to the Baixa again, visiting the Castle first.
The tram goes further: it continues from Graça to Estrela, by the Cemitério dos Prazeres in Campo de Ourique, the Basílica da Estrela, the Lapa and São Bento boroughs, then Bairro Alto and back to the heart of the city, Chiado.
WALK
Have a cup of coffee at the A Brasileira terrace, and take a picture next to Fernando Pessoa’s statue. Before you leave this area, make sure you visit the São Carlos National Theatre, where the opera is held in Lisbon. As you come back to the Largo do Chiado, you can visit the Nossa Senhora do Loreto church, at the corner of Rua da Misericórdia. From there, you can go up Praça Luís de Camões and take a pictutre of the  monument to the great epic poet,Luís de Camões, which stands in the middle of this square. Go up to Rua Nova da Trindade and reach the Largo Trindade Coelho, a square in which you’ll find a famous statue of the news vendor. The São Roque church is a worthwhile visit, with its surprising interior of gold-leafed wooden sculptures, marble, and tile murals. The monument to the great epic poet,Luís de Camões,stands in the middle of this square, a work of the sculptor Victor Bastos, unveiled in 1867.
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