The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

 

From the heights of the old São Jorge Castle to Vasco de Gama’s modern bridge, here’s our guide to the Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon.

 

The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

Lisbon views, by Petr Adam Dohnálek

The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

Historical monuments, sunset views over the ocean, custard tarts and vintage markets – Lisbon has it all, and more. We love the relaxed pace and beautiful buildings, and the different vibe of each neighborhood. Everything is different and all worth exploring!

Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto (high city) is at the top of one of the city’s hills and is packed with cafes, bars and restaurants, and some of the city’s oldest buildings. Luckily much of this area survived the major earthquake and it’s still one of the most lively neighbourhoods, especially in the evenings when the terraces are full of people out eating and drinking. This is the place to go after dark!

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Chiado

Wander the neighbourhood of Chiado and enjoy the views of the city, the passing street cars and the old world charm. This is also known as the main shopping area so a great place to check out the local shops. This is also our favourite place to enjoy the famous pastries in Lisbon, stop by one of the cafes for your Pastel de Nata or enjoy a coffee at the intellectual haunts from the 18th century Cafe Martinho da Arcada or Lisbon’s most famous Brasileira. These are both great places to relax and enjoy the scenery and passers by.

The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

Alfama And São Jorge Castle


At the top of the Alfama neighbourhood is the iconic São Jorge Castle and the Sé Catedral de Lisboa. The castle is a great miradour to take in the view of the city below and is also the heart of Alfama nightlife with plenty of bars leading down the hill. This is one of the oldest neighborhoods and has winding alleys will great places to taste wine or to enjoy Fado (watch out for the touristy shows with large cover charges). During the day here you can also visit the Museu do Fado and Casa dos Bicos (House of the Pointed Stones).

The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

The Baixa 

The Baixa, or lower part of town, is a great place to stroll through the historical streets of Rua Augusta and the Avernida de Liberdade. Make your way to the Comercio Square, Terreiro do Paço, where the Earthquake of 1755 destroyed the place, but the charm still remains of the old glory on the lovely waterfront. Check out the Elevador Santa Justa, Rossio Square, and Igreja do Carmo Church.

 

Parque das Nações

Parque das Nações


Parque das Nações

Plenty of people visit Lisbon and only see the old town, but a short hop on the metro or bus takes you to the 1998 World Expo site of the Parque das Naçõesthe Oceanarium and the tile museum – the Museu do Azulejo. From the park you have a great view of Lisbon’s waterfront from the other side, with the iconic Vasco da Gama Bridge shimmering on the water.

The Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Lisbon

Belem

Belém

Experience where the 16th century Age of Discovery set sail from on Lisbon’s lovely waterfront at the romantic Tower of Belém, an icon of New World exploration that looks out to sea. This waterfront neighbourhood on the city outskirts, but it’s worth visiting for 3 things: the custard tarts, The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (the monastery of the Jeronimos) and the Torre de Belém (the tower).

 

Equity Point Lisbon

Equity Point Lisbon

Stay at Equity Point Lisbon

Located in the heart of the city in an impressive former palace, Equity Point Lisbon is a great place to stay if you want to explore Lisbon’s neighborhoods. We have private rooms, the usual great facilities and our location means you’re close to all the beautiful sights Lisbon has to offer. Find out more here

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