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Bairro Alto (High District)

The Barrio Alto is a chic Bohemian Neighborhood full of Fado bars, trendy restaurants and steep cobble stoned streets. The area can be reached by two historic elevators. The Elevador da Glória from the Praça dos Restauradores or the Elevador da Bica from Rua de São Paulo. Barrio Alto was initially quite rundown, but after a makeover has emerged as an artistic haven. It's a wonderful place to go for stroll and a cocktail and enjoy the ambience. Apart from art galleries and stylish eateries, there are plenty of inexpensive traditional "taverns"

From the upper walkway connecting Bairro Alto leads to the 14th-century Convento do Carmo. It was once the largest church in the city and was half-destroyed by the earthquake in 1755. The small ram shackled archaeological museum contains treasures from monasteries that were dissolved after the 1834 Liberal revolution including Dom Fernando I's tomb.

Chiado is a hip, sleepless neighborhood, a favorite hangout for university students. It has a number of bars, clubs and malls where the affluent Lisboetas do their shopping. Museo do Chiado, home to the work of Portugal's most famous painters and sculptors will give you an educational and aesthetic experience.

Parque de São Pedro is a beautiful park ideal for picnics and family gatherings. The Castelo de São Jorge in the Alfama from the cliff opposite the park presents a wonderful view.

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