Itinerary - A
AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE Lisbon's main boulevard
Exit the hotel turn left and walk down the Av Eng Duarte Pacheco. The square Ahead is the Marquês de Pombal Square - A roundabout dedicated to one of the city's historical figures. Edward VII Park - The city's largest park.
Them Turn to your right and you find Av. da Liberdade.
This boulevard, built in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, is the main avenue of the city. It runs north for a mile (1.6km) from Restauradores to Marquês de Pombal Square, and is more than 300 feet (90m) wide. Today the avenue still has a certain elegance with fountains and cafe tables shaded by trees, as well as a pavement decorated with abstract patterns.
Some of the original mansions have been preserved, and many are outstanding from an architectural standpoint. In the avenue is also the Monument to the Heroes of the Great War, a tribute to the 50,000 Portuguese soldiers who fought in World War I.
The avenue is also the site of the city's grander hotels, banks, airline offices, and designer shops, including names like Louis Vuitton, D&G, Tods, Burberry, among others.
Itinerary - B
Cross the street, just in front of the Hotel’s main entrance, and go straight and then down, along Rua das Amoreiras, to the busy square, called Largo do Rato. Turn right to Avenida Álvares Cabral and walk until the end of it, where you will find a small roundabout and the entrance to Jardim da Estrela (Estrela Gardens), one of the loveliest in Lisbon, which is worth a visit. After relaxing, sheltered by the shadow of the timeless trees, cross the Gardens to the other side and and you will face one of the most amazing buildings in town: the Basílica da Estrela. This is a magnificent church, built in the 18th century, in late-baroque and neoclassic styles.
When you reach Largo do Rato, you can also choose to cross it and go left to Rua da Escola Politécnica which will take you to Cais do Sodré, by the River Tagus. However, the street changes its name along the way: Rua D. Pedro V, Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, Rua da Misericórdia and Rua do Alecrim. At the beginning of Rua da Escola Politécnica, you find on your left hand side the Science and Natural History Museums. Further away, in Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, you have, on the left, a marvellous view over the city, from a belvedere with the same name.
Continue to stroll along the same street and you will reach a small square (Largo da Misericórdia) with a church to your left, which is one of the most precious baroque jewels in Portugal: Igreja de S. Roque. This you cannot tell from its façade, so you have to go inside to see its richly decorated chapels and museum. Continue along Rua da Misericórdia down to a crossroad, where you have the both famous Largo do Chiado on your left and Praça Luís de Camões on your right. There are two beautiful churches, facing each other (Igreja do Loreto e Igreja da Encarnação) which provide this square with a lovely setting.
Before going all down the hill, through Rua do Alecrim, be sure that you stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants located in Bairro Alto, which covers all the area to the right of Rua D. Pedro V, Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara and Rua da Misericórdia. This is actually one of the oldest and most typical quarters in Lisbon, which boasts its Fado Houses, lovely narrow streets and vibrant nightlife.
Comercio Square - Monumental riverside square.
Municipal Square - Home of the City Hall palace.
Rua Augusta - The city's main shopping street.
Conceição Velha Church - Church that survived the Great Earthquake.
Santa Justa Elevator - An Eiffel Tower-like landmark with views over the city.
Rossio Square - Lisbon's elegant main square.
Figueira Square - Busy square and transporation hub.
São Domingos Church - A church marked by tragedy.
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão - Pedestrian street lined with seafood restaurants.
Rossio Station - A monumental train station.
Restauradores Square - Large busy square.