Lisbon’s hidden gems
Santa Catarina and Bica are two of Lisbon's most valued districts for their authenticity and centrality.
The colourful 17th and 18th-century buildings preserve the original architecture, and several buildings are being renovated to accommodate new residential spaces, traditional restaurants and cafés. Its narrow, steep streets contribute to a special tranquillity, as it is an unfriendly area for cars.
The Santa Catarina viewpoint, also known as Adamastor, is the most emblematic point of the neighbourhood and is often a meeting point for young bohemians or summer concerts for those who like to admire the Tejo River in a relaxed atmosphere.
Bica, known for its famous elevator, is another picturesque quarter of Lisbon with typical grocery stores, traditional cafes and very own neighbourhood life. At night, tranquillity gives way to a mandatory point of Lisbon, where you can find small open bars with people hanging in the street or sitting on the iconic street stairs.
Elevador da Bica, similar to a Lisbon tramway, was built in 1892 to help residents transport water and goods to the top of the hill and is now a famous tourist spot that crosses one of the most beautiful streets in Lisbon.
With some of the best views of the Tejo River, Santa Catarina and Bica are much sought after by Portuguese and foreigners who want to live in an authentic part of the city but far from the crowds of tourists who visit it. This is undoubtedly a reference area for those who want to invest in Lisbon.