When we visited Lisbon in 2008 we rented an apartment for a week. The street wasn’t very impressive, nor was our view from the bedroom.
But from the living room window it was a whole other story!
We never got tired of these views.
The Baixa, Lisbon’s downtown, actually is “down”. It faces the river but hills rise up on the other 3 sides. As you go up the hills you move into more ancient narrow streets. The lower area was destroyed in the tsunami and was rebuilt with more open spaces and wider streets.
To help get you up the hills is the Elevador de Santa Justa and the Gloria Funicular, trolly cars with special risers that keep them level as they go up and down the steep incline. They looked as if they were floating above the street!
Wonderful views from the San Pedro Belvedere…
The Castelo de Sao Jorge is on the other side.
Near the base of the Castle hill is the Se Cathedral. This is the oldest church in the city, begun in 1147.
We climbed up the hill to a look out point, Porta del Sol. This is the view looking farther up the river.
Finally we made our way to the Castle. The first fortifications on this hill are believed to have been built in 48BC. They were rebuilt by different conquerors over the years and what we see today is Moorish, from the 10th century. In the late 14th century the castle was dedicated to Saint George. There are more great views and it was fun exploring the castle grounds.
Every castle needs a cat – this one had curly ears!