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Top 10 Lisbon by Tomas Tranaeus

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Chiado & Bairro Alto

Chiado is where some of lisbon’s hill neighbourhoodssteeped in history, collided with the new cartography of Baixa, Pombal’s reconstructed city centre; and sparks flew, for a century at least. Today, both areas are old and venerated, and full of shops, but Chiado’s history and cultural institutions give its commercial activities a gilt edge. Higher up is Bairro Alto – the “high neighbourhood” – a 16th-century maze of narrow streets framed by the wider lanes and longer blocks of later construction. It is best known as the district of Lisbon with the highest concentration of bars, but it is also a residential area and, at its ...

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