A walk down the Avenida Liberdade
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To day itâ€™s the day to explore Lisboa. Our hotel is on the top of Avenida da Liberdade.
Avenida da Liberdade (
After much discussion and polemics, the avenue was built between 1879 and 1886, modeled after the boulevards of Paris. Its creation was a landmark in the Northwards expansion of the city, and it quickly became a preferred address for the upper class.
Many of the original buildings of the avenue have been replaced in the last decades by tall office and hotel buildings. Nowadays it boasts several interesting buildings that reflect Portuguese architecture from the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. Its pedestrian sidewalks and roundabouts, paved with the traditional Portuguese pavement, are decorated with many monuments and statues that pay homage to important personalities like Almeida Garrett, Alexandre Herculano and others.
Its scenic qualities, hotels, shops, theatres and architecture turn it into an important tourist attraction of the city.
Walking down the beautiful Avenida da Liberdade is a great experience with all the fashion shops, jewelries, restaurants, musicians and statues. You can walk down the Avenida on 20 minutes, but as I used my eyes and looked around, and most of all visited lots of fashion shops, I used 3 hour, including lunch. So be sure youâ€™re not in a hurry.