Our school is right in the historical centre of Lisbon. This means that before and after your lessons you can easily explore the city. Here you can find our advices for you to visit the surroundings.
Bairro Alto and Chiado
Bairro Alto and Chiado are two linked Lisbon neighbourhoods. One is stylish and fashionable during the day, while the other is trendy and dynamic at night. Chiado is a shopping and theatre district, with a selection of historic landmarks, traditional shops and interesting cafes and restaurants. Bairro Alto doesn’t offer much during the day. But as soon as the sun goes down, many small bars open and the party continues until late at night. Let’s discover together what these two areas have to offer.
La Igreja de Sao Roque
The modest exterior of the Igreja de Sao Roque offers no indication of the beautiful and decorated interior. The church contains some of the finest examples of Portuguese Baroque art and religious design. It’s said that the Igreja de Sao Roque possessed one of the most expensive altars ever built. It was transported to Rome to be blessed by the Pope, before being brought back and rebuilt in Lisbon.
The ruins of the Carmo church are an indelible reminder of the devastating earthquake that struck the city in 1755. Inside the skeletal remains of vaults and arches, there is also a small archaeological museum. As shown in the next picture, the Carmo church is also a wonderful location for many different events.
Jardim de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
The scenic spot of the Jardim de Sao Pedro de Alcantara offers wonderful views of the city. This is the perfect spot where relax and enjoy the sunset. People love to chill in this magical place, just in front of the Lisbon Castle.
Elevador da Gloria and Elevador da Bica
The two funiculars of Gloria and Bica carry passengers up the steep hills towards Chiado and Bairro Alto. The slow and heavy funiculars have been active since the nineties of the nineteenth century. There is no better way to reach the neighborhoods!!!
Alfama is certainly one of Lisbon’s most distinctive and authentic places. Being the least affected by the great earthquake of 1755, he preserved the spontaneous architecture of the ancient city. The advice to visit Alfama is to take advantage of Tram 28 to reach the top and then descend on foot. Tram 28, which departs from Martin Moniz square, is a symbol of the city, so it’s really worth it!
Sao Jorge Castle
Let’s start to discover this amazing area starting from its main attraction. Alfama is dominated by Sao Jorge Castle, the city’s iconic building from the 1st century BC. Here we are at the top of the neighborhood, with stunning views of the city.
Before you get to the top, along Rua Augusto Rosa is ideal to make a stop here. This church is considered the most important of Lisbon, given its beauty and size.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
After the visit to the Castle, taking Rua da Saudade, begins the descent towards the Miradouro de Santa Luzia. This is one of the most beautiful vantage points in Lisbon. The Miradouro is also worth a visit for the beautiful azulejos (decorated tiles) that decorate the wall of the lookout.
The Churches of Sao Miguel and Santo Estevao
A little further down the Miradouro de Santa Luzia is the baroque Church of Sao Miguel. After you’ve visited it, taking Rua de Sao Miguel, you can arrive at the Church of Saint Estevao.
The streets of Alfama
The streets that open around Rua de Sao Miguel offer unmissable views of the alleys of Alfama. In Portuguese they are called becos and travessas. They are a microworld of people, shops, cloths stretched out to dry and cute corners. The alfacinhas, as the habitants of Alfama are called, have a beautiful and rooted culture of neighborhood coexistence. They meet eachother to chat, eat together and, not infrequently, sing the fado.
The Fado Museum
The Fado, the traditional lisboeta song, was born in Alfama. For this reason the museum dedicated to it is located in this neighborhood. The museum is a journey through history, tradition and evolution of this poignant melody.
The Church of Sao Vicente de Fora
Returned to Rua de Sao Miguel and passed Sant’Estevao you can reach the Church of Sao Vicente de Fora. This is considered, after the cathedral of Lisbon, one of the most fascinating. It is also an enchanting area to merely walk and enjoy the typical streets of Lisbon.
Baixa is the district stretching from the bank of the Tago to the square of Rossio. It’s just in the middle between Alfama and Bairro Alto districts, the two most important hills of the city. The Baixa is the result of the reconstruction desired by the Marquis de Pombal immediately after the terrible earthquake of 1755. For this reason it’s wellknown also as Baixa Pombalina.
Praça do Comercio
The visit of Baixa can begin with Praça do Comercio, the large square along the bank of the Tago. It is one of the largest in the world, with Dom Jose’s fountain in the center.
Rossio, whose official name is Praça Dom Pedro IV, is a typical pombalin architecture square. It was theatre of trua events such as the executions of the Inquisition and military parades of the regime. Today Rossio is a true ode to joy with its beauty, its relaxed atmosphere, its lively cafes. Do like Portugueses: sit at an outdoor coffee table, order a pastel and watch the people passing by, unhurriedly.
The Arch from Rua Augusta
The most important street of contemporary Baixa is the Rua Augusta. How to get in? By passing under the arch located in front of Praça do Comercio. Construction of this arch began just after 1755, but it will take until the mid-1800s to see its end. Rua Augusta is Baixa’s main street, with a beautiful, fully pedestrianized mosaic floor.
Elevador de Santa Justa
This attraction is very appreciated by tourists and is right in front of our school. It is an elevator inaugurated in 1902 that takes you to an amazing view of the city and of the aforementioned “Ruinas do Carmo”.
And now… what are you waiting for?! Let’s get lost in this unbelievable city!