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Bairro Alto


Bairro Alto was an urban expansion scheme featuring a grid of roads, communal squares and symmetrical façades when Lisbon developed it in the 15th and 16th centuries. Because it largely escaped the Great Earthquake of 1755 you can see it almost in its original form and compare it to other areas rebuilt after the Earthquake (such as Baixa). The lively district is just west of downtown Lisbon and adjacent to Chiado. This ensures that visitors have a seemingly endless supply of traditional and ethnic restaurants, bars and boutique shops alive to the intensely melancholic sounds of traditional Fado music. The main commercial streets are Rua do Norte, Rua da Atalaia and Rua do Diário de Notícias. The latter provides easy access to the garden terrace of Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, which offers a dramatic view across the City. Whether you choose to visit the magnificently Baroque São Roque Church or enjoy the Fado depends on personal taste, but one thing is certain you’ll love it. After hours, Bairro Alto pulsates with nightlife that you may find impossible to resist.