Take a walking tour through Rossio and discover the essence of Lisbon
Take a walking tour through Rossio and discover the essence of Lisbon
Enjoy our suggestions to take a walking tour through Rossio and discover the magical corners of Lisbon.
Rossio Square is one of the most popular and multicultural areas in the Lisbon area. However, based on its original location, it is possible to walk through a series of points of interest that will make you fall in love with the centre of Lisbon. Some curiosities about Rossio and its official name is Dom Pedro IV Square, the oldest square in Lisbon. This Square arose as part of the recovery of the city after the earthquake of 1755. Spacious, it is also where you can find some of the most ancient cafés and esplanades in the city of Lisbon.

There's a lot to see in this area. Let's start with a walk through Commerce Square and Terreiro do Paço, passing through the arch Augusta Street. Here, you can admire the estuary of the Tagus River and enjoy the endless views of the south coast, especially at dusk. Keep your camera ready and capture the iconic pavement that characterize the Square.

Surrounding Rossio Square is the majestic D. Maria II National Theatre. This theatre, built in 1842, replaced the Estaus Palace, which was, at that time, the seat of the Portuguese Inquisition since the mid-16th century. On its facade, the figure of Gil Vicente stands out, considered by many to be the priest of the theatre in Portugal. Continuing on foot, we find the Santa Justa Cable Car. Over 100 years old, this 32-year-old lift was built by a disciple of Eiffel, Raul Mesnier, and offers magnificent views of the city. If you choose to go up there, you will be in Bairro Alto; if you go down, you are in the centre of Lisbon.

As a legacy of the revitalization carried out by the Marquis of Pombal, Rossio area is full of wide squares, such as Figueira Square, where the equestrian statue of Dom João I (the 1st king of the Avis House) can be found. —, Commerce Square and its neoclassical buildings —with the bronze statue of Dom José (the reigning monarch during the famous earthquake of 1755)—, a beautifully crafted exterior, worthy of a postcard.

For lovers of religious tourism, Rossio lists beautiful churches, such as the Church of São Domingos or the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha, with its facade entirely worked in Manueline style. They are places that invite peace, reflection and meditation and that form part of Rossio's charm.

Where to stay after a fantastic walk through Rossio?

If you want to enjoy Rossio area and take a walk around, Rossio Apartments is the ideal place to stay and enjoy the centre of Pombaline. Located between Chiado and Commerce Square, the six flats in Rossio are fully equipped for your needs. Due to their privileged location, these flats are perfect for a tour through Rossio and its surroundings. Book now and discover all the surroundings of Rossio on foot.