It's an old building downtown, very close to chiado: walking distance, with a very quiet neighborhood. The charming tram 28 that takes you to the castle is just at the end of the street. The subway is on the street. The apartment has 2 floors and was totally rebuilt by me. I have 2 female cats, very quiet. They don't give any trouble.
It's very central and can accommodate 7 persons. The apartment has a very typical Lisbon architecture from the XVIII century.
Baixa, or downtown Lisbon, is the heart of the city. It is the main shopping and banking district that stretches from the riverfront to the main avenue (Avenida da Liberdade), with streets named according to the shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the area.
It was completely rebuilt after the Great Earthquake of 1755 with streets flanked by uniform, neoclassical buildings. This was Europe's first great example of neoclassical design and urban planning, and one of the finest European architectural achievements of the age (it is currently being considered to be listed as a World Heritage Site, pending much-needed renovation of many of the buildings, but it has been voted one of the seven urban wonders of the world at U City Guides).
All of this makes it one of the most prestigious areas in the world according to a worldwide study conducted by an international company in 2005, ranking it ninth right after well-known places like 5th Avenue in New York, Oxford Street in London, and the Champs Elysees in Paris. Although it may lack much of the glitz of those famous streets, it scored points for charm and the quality of customer service in its businesses.
You may evaluate it yourself by going into the opulently gilded Tavares Rico Restaurant opened in 1784, by taking a look at the fine porcelain of the Vista Alegre shop, or checking out the boutique of Ana Salazar, one of Portugal's international fashion designers that also has collections of interior design and accessories.
Much of the area was destroyed in a fire in 1988, but has since been reborn. It remains one of Lisbon's most beloved districts, with reminders of its past as the center of the city's intellectual life, with statues of literary figures such as Fernando Pessoa, Luis de Camões, and Eça de Queiroz.
I am a Designer working in Chiado. I leave with my boyfriend and we love to travel, so we found this home exchage programme a very interesting one.