Explorer Marques de Pombal

The area of Marques de Pombal is named after the great prime minister of Portugal, whose bronze statue sits atop a column in the middle of the busiest roundabout in the city. This imposing figure overlooks the down town area of Lisbon which he was responsible for redesigning after the devastating earthquake in 1755. The Marques de Pombal area is a busy transport hub and one of the main financial and business districts of the city and as such has developed a somewhat more cosmopolitan atmosphere than other parts of Lisbon. This area serves as a busy link between the down town area and the districts to the north. The beautiful, mile-long Avenue da Liberdade, is home to some of the classier designer shops in the city. The long boulevard is flanked on both side by a leafy, pedestrian walk way, dotted with statues and embellished with ornate mosaics. Just north of the roundabout is the Eduardo VII Park, named after England's King Edward VII, a green oasis that seems miles away from the noise and traffic of the roundabout. As well as the designer boutiques, some of the city's finest restaurants enrich the area, like Eleven. This classy eatery is most deserving of it's Michelin stars and can top off a perfect evening.