Lisbon, Portugal: Old World Neighborhoods – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Lisbon, Portugal: Old World Neighborhoods – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite


This is the Alfama, and it dates
back over 1,000 years. Its tangled street plan survived
the great quake of 1755, making this neighborhood a cobbled playground
of Old World color. While new affluence and tourism
is bringing inevitable change, bits of old character hang on. ♪♪ And people who’ve lived here
all their lives witnessing that change
seem happy to chat. -[ Speaking Portuguese ] -84 years old, she is. -Nice. How long has
she lived in Alfama? -[ Translating in Portuguese ] 80 years old…
-[ Speaking Portuguese ] -Yeah.
She was born here. -She was born here?
-Yes. -On the other side of the Baixa
stands the High Town, or Bairro Alto. It’s another characteristic
and charming district. To save a few steps, we’re
riding the Santa Justa Elevator. Built to connect the Lower Town
with the Bairro Alto, it was constructed in 1902, just a few years
after its inspiration, the Eiffel Tower. ♪♪ The Bairro Alto was laid out
in the 16th century to house ship workers back when
Lisbon was a maritime power, and its ships planted
the Portuguese flag all over the globe. Five centuries later, its character survives,
as families who call the Bairro Alto home
go back generations. ♪♪ A popular stop nearby is
the grand old A Brasileira Café. This café retains the ambience it had back in the
1920s and ’30s when it caffeinated
the literary soul of Lisbon, and it’s still a good place
for a coffee break.

22 thoughts on “Lisbon, Portugal: Old World Neighborhoods – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

  1. Thank you Rick you always give me a positive outlook on life and good travel ideas. Your program is extremely relaxing.

  2. Hey Rick, love your videos. Learned a lot about cultures and places through them. 
    I have a question though: How come you never went to Albania or Kosovo? You have been everywhere else in Europe.

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