Baixa, the best area to stay in Lisbon
Most visitors to the district of Baixa begin their exploration from the hill slopes of Alfama. This is the oldest part of the city. After this the next place to visit is the incredible Baroque Basilica. This basilica has a magnificent marble interior that it is quite renowned for. It is also known for the spectacular view of the city that is available from the giant dome that caps off the building.
There is an interesting back story her as well, according to tradition the basilica was built due to a promise to God made by Queen Maria of Portugal. She had been praying for a male son, an heir to the throne, and promised God to build a spectacular monument if her prayers are answered. So it can be said that this whole monument can be a testament to the power of prayer. Either way that you look at it, it is an absolutely beautiful building and it also has a great café where you can sip on some of the best tea and coffee. This site is also convenient transportation wise and can be found on the Metro’s Yellow Line.
After taking in the Basilica a good place to eat nearby is that of, “O’ Churrasco”. This restaurant has a lively and excited atmosphere specializing in traditional Portuguese cuisine. You will find many delicious selections of grilled meat and fish as well as dishes such as, “paella”. A very popular item served here is, “esparregado” served with garlic and olive oil.
Nearby O’ Churrasco is a very popular night club called the. “Ministerium”. This club is located directly on the waterfront. A very scenic place to have a drink, and kick back and relax and the vibe here is pretty mellow. The menu is of the laid back variety as well, with a mom and pop kind of feel menu of hamburgers and hotdogs. The mushroom burger is a favorite after a favorite here, with mushrooms and zucchini. Other favorite items are different varieties of chili dogs. Taking in the mellow mushrooms and atmosphere of the Ministerium is a great way to wrap up a night in Baixa district.
Just a few minutes from the metro you will find a great hotel to stay at. The, “Casa De Sao Mamede” provides comfort at an affordable price. This hotel is set up in an old style house and the prime objective of the staff is to make you feel like guests in their home, it is truly a great experience. This location also has great amenities such as high speed wireless internet and complimentary breakfast. This spot is also in a prime location for sight seeing, being in the middle of everything.
Another nearby site that takes in history from three different cultures is St. George’s Castle. This site had previously been a fortified structure erected by the Romans and then the Visigoths, after this part of the world fell to the conquering Moors it became their outpost and they constructed a new fortress on top of the structure. It is an interesting site to see; tourists enjoy walking along the Pointe 25 de Abril suspension bridge where the whole city lay out of Lisbon can be seen in a stunning panoramic view.