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BAIRRO ALTO AND ELEVADOR DE SANTA JUSTA
The Bairro Alto (Upper Quarter) occupies the top of a steep hill just west of Lisbon's Baixa district.  This area functions as a residential, shopping, and entertainment district.  Up in this area you will find great nightlife and also a smattering of Lisbon's famous Fado houses, which are a must-see experience in Portuguese culture. 

 

 

Fado is a Portuguese institution, much like the Flamenco in Spain.  It is a singing performance in an old tavern, usually accompanied by dinner.  The two performers are a man with a Portuguese guitar and a lady in a black shawl, and each sings a story of sadness and sorrow.

Igreja do Carmo church survived the 1755 earthquake without a roof Elevador de Santa Justa
Looking south towards the river from the Elevador Nightfall at the Castel São Jorge

Lisbon offers numerous ways to climb the steep hill to the Bairro Alto (besides walking up stairs, of course).  There are numerous elevadors (usually funicular trains) which take pedestrians from the bottom of the hill to the top (or vice versa). 

The Elevador de Santa Justa (on Santa Justa street in the Baixa) is the lone vertical transport.  This elevador was designed by Raul Mesniér de Ponsard, an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame.  This 45 meter iron tower was built in 1902 and connects the Baixa with the Bairro Alto's Carmo Square. 

The terrace at the top of the Elevador provides fantastic views over the city. 

The map below identifies Lisbon's Bairro Alto district in red.

Bairro Alto
Alfama
Baixa
Elevador de Santa Justa
This grid of streets in Bairro Alto form the epicenter of Lisbon's nightlife. Here you will find clubs, bars, and (of course) numerous fado bars to suit your tastes
Rua Garret is the place to go for cafes and boutique stores.


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