500 years of Bohemia in Bairro Alto

Thu, 16.02.2017
Bairro Alto

Another week at Portugues et Cetera means another amazing day trip in Lisbon. Tomorrow, February the 16th, with our teacher Beatriz, we are going to discover the wonderful alleys of Bairro Alto. After the earthquake of 1755 that completely destroyed the “Baixa” district, the Marquess of Pombal asked a reconstruction plan for the city. As a consequence, the aristocracy who lived in Bairro Alto, moved to the new and fashonable buildings in the new “Baixa”, called Pombalina in honour of the Marquess. For this reason Bairro Alto became a popular district and the favorite place of artists, poets, journalists and wine lovers, thanks to the inspiring atmosphere and to presence of bars and brothels.

Teacher Beatriz will help us to understand the bohemian environment of Barrio Alto, which marked the actual Lisbon social life. Moreover, we will have the opportunity to admire some graffiti expressing the Lisbon street art and contributing to paint this part of the city. Our final destination will be Miradouro Santa Catarina, where we will chill out with a tasty drink admiring this extraordinary European capital.



Our meeting point will be tomorrow, Thursday, February the 16th, next to the statue of Luís de Camões in Praça de Luís de Camões at 3.00 pm.

Don’t waste your time! Warm with us in one of the most artistic and dynamic district of the city!


Photo Gallery


This week we walked down the colorful streets of Bairro Alto, one of the most ancient parts of the city. Our teacher Beatriz explained us how the district was born, when during the Middle Age sailors was looking for new spaces because the city was too crowded, and how it evolved in the following centuries. In Bairro Alto many storylines intersect, Fado songs echo between buildings and people wait for the night, when a new life begins.

We hope that you pleasantly discovered a new part of the Lisbon history, practiced your Portuguese and, why not, relaxed at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, under the today’s fantastic sun. Stay tuned, because we are planning our next tour! To see the pictures, please click on the first one below.