Travel to Extremadura and Lisbon

Day 3 Badajoz - Lisbon (226 Km.)

Extremadura and Lisbon


 

(in 226 Km.) Lisbon: We arrived in Lisbon by the south side. Before crossing the 25th April bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), we climbed a hill where is the Sanctuary of Christ the King (Cristo Rei), which rises to 200 m. on the left bank of the Tagus. From this point we have a magnificent view of the city.

Lisbon - View from the Sanctuary of Christ the King
Lisbon - View from the Sanctuary of Christ the King

We started the visit by the big Eduardo VII park, that houses the so-colled "Estufa Fría" and "Estufa Quente", a wonder of botany and hard work of man. A little further down is the Rotunda or Marques de Pombal Square, from where starts the grand avenue "da Liberdade", formed by two boulevards flanked by ancient and modern buildings. The surrounding streets always invite a leisurely stroll, ending in the Restauradores Square.

Lisbon - Edouardo VII park
Lisbon - Edouardo VII park

North of the "Rossio", lies the Restauradores square, which constitutes a link between the old Lisbon and the modern city. Surrounded by important buildings of the late eighteenth century, including the Foz Palace, which houses the tourist office. In the center of Restauradores, there is a large obelisk commemorating independence of Portugal in 1640.


Lisbon - la Baixa (downtown)

Next to the Restauradores square, we pass in front of the funicular of "Gloria" one of the best known of the city and that communicates with the Mirador de San Pedro Alcantara. From this viewpoint you can have a view of Lisbon and the hill where lies the Castle of São Jorge.

Lisbon - Praça do Rossio
Lisbon - Praça do Rossio

The "Baixa" is the neighborhood entirely rebuilt after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and one of the first European examples of modern urban planning in grid pattern. There are a network of parallel and perpendicular streets around the two squares, Comercio and la del Rossio. The houses have forged balconies and most of them are clad with tiles, some with motifs "art déco".

Lisbon - Santa Justa elevator
Lisbon - Santa Justa elevator

Down to the "Baixa", is mandatory up to the "Santa Justa elevator", located on the west end of the street of the same name. This lift of wrought iron 45 meters height built a century ago by a disciple of Eiffel, connects the lower town with "Chiado" and with "Bairro Alto". From the top you can enjoy beautiful views of the city and there is a walkway to access to Chiado, near the ruins of Iglesia do Carmo, preserved intact in memory of the great earthquake of 1755.

Lisbon - Praça do Comercio
Lisbon - Praça do Comércio

At the end of "la Baixa", near the Tagus, you can find the Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square), where travelers and goods have entered for centuries to Lisbon. The square is huge, with symmetrical buildings over large porches, on the south the mouth of the Tagus, the sea, in the center the statue of Joseph I, to the north, the victory arch leading to Rua Augusta.

Lisbon - Rossio station
Lisbon - Rossio station

Leaving behind the Tagus, between the parallel streets of the city built by the urbanists of Pombal, we climbed the busiest street, the Rua Aurea ( which originally was from the bankers, the money changers and has always been to the jewelers) to get back to Rossio, also called Don Pedro IV square. It is the heart of the city, the center of Lisbon. Stresses the Rossio station, which has an impressive facade.


 

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