Chiado property – Properties in Chiado Lisbon
Apartments for sale in Chiado
Our properties in Chiado Lisbon are located near some of the best shopping and cultural areas in Portugal
Chiado property for sale is an elegant, sophisticated district of theatres, bookshops, old-style cafes, art nouveau jewellery shops, luxurious international names such as Hermes, and local treasures such as the opulently gilded Tavares Rico Restaurant opened in 1784, the fine porcelain shop Vista Alegre, or one of Portugal’s international fashion designers, Ana Salazar. Much of the area was destroyed in a fire in 1988, but has since been reborn. It remains one of Lisbon’s most beloved districts, with reminders of its past as the centre of the city’s intellectual life, with statues of literary figures such as Fernando Pessoa, Luis de Camões, and Eça de Queiroz.
Up the hill is property PRINCIPE REAL an area known for its antique and interior design shops on Rua Dom Pedro V and Rua da Escola Politecnica, and also for being the city’s gay quarter with a number of gay bars and clubs. In the streets from the Principe Real Garden down to the riverfront, especially in Rua de São Marçal, are attractive 19th century townhouses and some of the most tranquil spots in the city, such as the leafy Praça das Flores. To the west is the district of Estrella Properties, dominated by a huge domed basilica. It is not too far from the country’s parliament, the neoclassical São Bento Palace, and connects to the west to opulent Lapa Properties, the diplomatic quarter with grand embassy buildings and old mansions. It is also the site of the Ancient Art Museum, one of the city’s top attractions.
The Chiado is an important cultural and arts area with several museums, convents, magnificent churches and theatres. In 1988 the centre of the Chiado was the target of a municipal Urban Regeneration initiative. The area was rebuilt by Architect Siza Viera which sparked residential gentrification in this part of Portugal’s capital. The Bairro Alto Hotel is Lisbon’s premier boutique hotel and located in the heart of the district. The Chiado has an interesting history. The area has been inhabited since at least Roman times and it was in its vicinity that North European Crusaders settled during the Siege of Lisbon in 1147. After the Christian re-conquest of Lisbon, several convents were founded in the district. In the 18th century the Marquis of Pombal initiated a massive urban regeneration scheme focusing on the Chiado and it turned into a favourite shopping area in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lisbon’s opera house, the Teatro Nacional São Carlos, was inaugurated, attracting the cultural elite of the city, and other theatres were opened in the 19th century. The cafés and theatres in the area were a meeting point for the aristocracy, artists, and intellectuals at least until the 1960s. It has eventually become a world renowned quality tourist destination.
There is a good choice of properties in Lisbon’s Bairro alto district. It was a working class quarter from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city’s cultural home of artists and authors. Bairro Alto’s streets are transformed at night into the city’s vibrant nightlife centre. Behind colourful façades is a variety of traditional and modern restaurants, tourist-favoured Fado Houses, a multitude of bars and alternative shops that stay open late. During the week, and especially on weekends you’ll find people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles bar-hopping through the cobbled lanes socialising and enjoying the city’s temperately mild nights. During your property viewing visit It is possible to stay in the heart of this district, with self-catering holiday rentals and traditional hotels. The Lisbon Tourist Board describes the region: The main commercial streets are Rua do Norte, Rua da Atalaia, and Rua do Diario de Noticias, from where it is easy to reach Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (a garden-terrace with a panoramic view over the city), and two of the city’s most interesting churches: São Roque with its magnificent baroque interior and the romantic Gothic ruins of Carmo Church.