Lay of the Land
Alfama: The 1755 earthquake and tsunami razed most of Lisbon, but this eighth-century Moorish district was left intact.
Bairro Alto: A formerly working-class neighborhood, Bairro Alto is lined with lively bars.
Baixa/Chiado: Baixa, the commercial center, is home to the popular pedestrian-only Rua Augusta. For the best luxury boutiques, head to nearby Chiado.
Belém: Anchored by the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, this western neighborhood is a mix of museums and Manueline architecture.
Príncipe Real: What was once a sleepy district is now a chic swath of antiques shopsand restaurants.
Lisbon is as hilly as San Francisco, so pack a pair of walking shoes. Taxis are plentiful and can be hailed on the street. Historic trolleys, like Tram 28, travel from Bairro Alto to Graça and are great for sightseeing.