Baixa

Lisbon District
Santa Justa Elevator showing landscape views and a city
Baixa is a sophisticated district of downtown Lisbon. It has picturesque squares, pedestrianised streets and avenues lined with elegant shops, cafés and theatres.

History

Baixa ‘Pombalina’ takes its name from ‘Marquês de Pombal’, Portugal’s Secretary of State, who undertook the responsibility of rebuilding Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. So as not to allow history to repeat itself, Baxia displays some of the first examples of earthquake-resistant construction. In the 20th Century, new developments like banks, hotels, shops and offices replaced older buildings in this area. However, the neighbourhood still retains its traditional charming atmosphere.

Elevador de Santa Justa or Carmo Lift

This iron elevator is decorated in the Neo-Gothic style and was built in 1902 to transport people between the downtown Baixa district and the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts. It stands 45-metres high, and leads to a terrace offering stunning views of the city. Today it is a popular tourist attraction.

Rossio or Dom Pedro IV Square

Rossio is Lisbon’s main square, a lively space known for its beautifully designed mosaic pavements. In the centre of the square are two baroque fountains and a statue of King Pedro IV. The Dona Maria II Theatre, cafés, restaurants and the grand Rossio Train Station line the square. Nearby is one of the city's main pedestrian streets, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. Here you will find Teatro Politeama, (Lisbon's biggest Broadway-style musicals theatre), Coliseu dos Recreios and Casa do Alentejo, an 1800's building with a beautiful Moorish courtyard at the entrance.

Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço

Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço is Lisbon's biggest square. It faces the river and houses an impressive monument to King José I. Surrounded by arcaded buildings, which hold government offices, historic cafés, restaurants with tables outside, the tourist office this is a great spot for sightseeing or just a spot of lunch. It’s also home to the Museum Lisbon Story Centre, where you can learn about the first settlers, through the Age of Discovery and the Great Earthquake, all the way to the city you see today, designed by Marquês de Pombal.

Rua Augusta Arch

The Praça do Comércio is another classic Portuguese square and home to the Rua Augusta Arch. This is a stone arch was designed as a gateway to the city, specifically to Rua Augusta. A beautiful grand clock can be seen on the side of the arch, facing Rua Augusta. Restored in 2013, the arch has an elevator, which takes you to a viewpoint that offers stunning views over the city. Rua Augusta is also home to MUDE (or the Design and Fashion Museum), which displays innovative international and national design and fashion pieces.

Food and Drinks

You’ll find most of the area’s bars, cafés and restaurants are located in Rossio square, Praça do Comércio, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão and Rua Augusta. Café Nicola is the classic place to taste a strong Portuguese coffee and the tiny Café ‘A Ginjinha’ is the best spot to drink Ginja, a typical liqueur made of cherry.


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Top hotels in Baixa

Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu
Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu
4 out of 5
Rua Dom Duarte, 3, Lisbon, 1100-198
The price is Rs10,723 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly guesthouse in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"The hotel is really close to the metro and the walkable tourist areas. The room was gorgeous and spacious and the breakfast was almost overly abundant."

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon, 1100-170
The price is Rs12,798 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"It was located centrally and close to metro and train station. it was luxurious."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
Hotel da Baixa
Hotel da Baixa
4 out of 5
231 Rua da Prata, Lisbon, 1100-170
The price is Rs12,568 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (588 reviews)
"The staff was very accommodating. The location was great. Our room was spacious and we loved the shower. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Hotel da Baixa
Rossio Plaza Hotel
Rossio Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua do Ouro, 266, Lisbon, 1100-581
The price is Rs12,351 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (299 reviews)
"All of the staff were absolutely amazing"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2022

Rossio Plaza Hotel
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, 8, Lisbon, 1200-309
The price is Rs17,108 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (724 reviews)
Excellent location, spacious rooms & great service
"This is a fantastic hotel. And you can't beat the location of this hotel - so easy to walk everywhere and near a lot of restaurants. The rooms were so spacious, clean and modern. They also have a great rooftop bar with great views."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Lisboa Pessoa Hotel
Behotelisboa
Behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon, 1100-168
The price is Rs13,183 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
Centrally located
"Centrally located but rooms are very small"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

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