The Baixa is Lisbon’s downtown, and one of the most important sightseeing districts.
It contains everything, from historic squares to an eccentric wrought-iron street lift, to museums, to shops, historic cafés and restaurants.
Starting from the Terreiro do Paço facing the River Tejo, explore the Baixa grid along the eighteenth-century streets running up to the Rossio. To locate the attractions, use the map below.
1. Terreiro do Paço
With beautiful eighteenth century symmetrical buildings and arcades facing the River Tejo, the Terreiro do Paço is one of the most important squares in Lisbon. The large open space, mostly pedestrian, is a must-see destination for visitors to Lisbon. Read More
2. Lisbon Story Centre
Take a 60-minute journey through the city’s history from its foundation to modern times at the interactive museum Lisbon Story Centre. Read More
3. Arco da Rua Augusta
Pedestrianised since the 1980s with Portuguese calçada, Rua Augusta is the main commercial street in the Baixa. For panoramic views of the Baixa grid, the Terreiro do Paço and the River Tejo, take the lift to the terrace of the prominent arch of Rua Augusta. Read More
MUDE is a museum that celebrates the history of fashion and design of the last three quarters of the past century. Read More
5. Núcleo Arqueológico
Discover a hidden and fascinating archaeological museum beneath the streets of the Baixa. Take a guided tour that goes through the cramped tunnels and distinct layers that uncover several periods of Lisbon’s occupation. Admission is free. Read More
6. Elevador de Santa Justa
The giant Elevador de Santa Justa is Lisbon’s only public vertical lift. Together with the city’s three funiculars – Ascensor da Bica, Ascensor da Glória and Ascensor do Lavra – they help make Lisbon’s hills a little more manageable. Read More
8. Praça da Figueira
9. Igreja de São Domingos
The Saint Dominic’s Church, dating from 1241, survived the great earthquake of 1755 and a fire in 1959 that completely destroyed it. Don’t miss a visit to its unique interior, so different from the idea one makes of it from the outside. Read More
10. Rua das Portas de Santo Antão
A pedestrianized street known for its seafood restaurants, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão has a unique atmosphere in the heart of Lisbon. Read More
11. Ascensor do Lavra
The oldest, and least touristy, of all three funiculars still operating in Lisbon is rather tucked away but takes you on a short, steep journey up the hillside. From there, walk the short distance to the Jardim do Torel offering a wonderful viewpoint over the city. Read More
12. Ascensor da Glória
From Praça dos Restauradores, the funicular climbs Calçada da Glória, leading up to the Bairro Alto neighbourhood. In a couple of minutes you’re looking at Lisbon’s rooftops. Read More