When people think of the major areas of the city of Lisbon, most of them would probably not have given the Graça district a second thought. Not because there is something wrong with the area itself, but because it is not one of the primary touristic hotspots.
Most people who have been to or know anything about the city if Lisbon probably also have the main neighbourhoods that they know about, and these include the Baixa district, the Chiado district, etc.
But if one ventures slightly away from the centre they can find themselves in the district that has remained virtually untouched by the hand of tourism, full of traditional architecture, and spectacular pieces of art and history that may go as far back as the 11th century. The Graça district is full of most fascinating history which is seamlessly mixed with the contemporary art.
No matter where one looks they are guaranteed to see beautiful buildings and unique architectural features. The Graça district has a lot of modern street art as well, which brings out a vibrant splash of life and energy to the ancient streets. One of the most noticeable pieces has been created by Shepard Fairy who is also the owner of the big clothing label OBEY & and is also notable for creating the Obama “Hope” piece.
As one wonders around the streets of the Graça district, they are guaranteed to feel at home, with the lack of tourists and an influx of friendly locals instead who will end up becoming familiar and friendly faces to talk to. The Graça district is also home to numerous restaurants and cafés, so one is never going to be stuck for the authentic cuisine and culture of the country of Portugal if they decide to move here.
The Graça district is the highest point in the city of Lisbon, which unfortunately means that steep slopes cannot be avoided here. However, if one wants to power through the inclines they can reach the Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte viewpoint, which is the highest viewpoint in the city of Lisbon. It is an extremely awarding experience.