Lisbon is a beautiful city, with interesting neighborhoods and lots of local color. It’s one of Western Europe’s most affordable cosmopolitan cities and offers tourists lots of historical sites, grand architecture, great food and fado.
One of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods is Alfama, on the banks of the Tagus River. This hillside community, unlike the rest of Lisbon, was spared during the earthquake of 1755, preserving the medieval buildings. Alfama, today, is a tightly knit community in a maze of narrow, terraced alleyways leading up to the Castle of São Jorge. In Alfama you’ll hear the sounds of Fado, the haunting music of the people, telling the tales of the poor and life on the sea. Here’s where you’ll find the Fado Museum.
Baixa, the heart of the city’s shopping district, is a neighborhood filled with grand squares, wide boulevards, and pedestrian shopping areas. The many shops and cafes are housed in ornate and classical buildings, and the sidewalks are paved with beautiful mosaic stonework.