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Are you are travelling to Lisbon and wondering where to stay? Don’t worry, the Portuguese capital city has experienced a real boom in terms of accommodations.
Before choosing where to sleep, think about your needs and priorities. The city is very affordable, therefore you will find well priced rooms and accommodations. However, remember that during the high season – which runs from June to September – rates become more expensive.
Every district has its own peculiarities, and as you walk from one to another you will find yourself surrounded by completely different scenarios.
Baixa and Chiado
Baixa in Lisbonis a very elegant mix of beautiful palaces and squares, such as the ones of Rossio, Figueira, and the great Praça do Comércio. This is a great example of urban planning from the end of the XVIII century and today it is still possible to find several traditional shops nearby.
Most of the buildings used to be banks and offices, but now they have been transformed into hotels and pensions. At the border of Baixa district there is the Chiado district, known as the shopping district of Lisbon. The area is served by the underground, therefor if you choose to sleep in this area you will have easy access to public transport.
Located on a hill in the old city, the “uptown” neighborhood of Lisbon is also the bohemian district of the Portuguese capital city. It is a charming twist of alleys, boutiques, bars, restaurants, and houses.
It can be relatively quiet during the day as Barrio Alto gets very busy after midnight. During hot summer nights it gets crowded by dozens of people ready to celebrate until late at night.
If you are looking for an affordable hotel near the heart of the night life, this is the right place for you. However, we recommend to choose a secluded place in order to enjoy a few hours of rest.
Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon. It is a charming mix of tortuous streets along a series of houses where life seems to be suspended in time according to the traditions of the past century.
This neighborhood as a unique charm especially thanks to the several miradouro, the panoramic terraces overlooking the city. Despite the numerous restaurants offering live Fado performances and the many souvenir shops, this district still belongs to the past and you will surely feel its charm. Generally accommodations in the Alfama district consist of small, independent apartments managed by private owners.
The Avenida da Libertade is a famous boulevard with palms and trendy shops. Along the Avenida there are some of the most expensive buildings of Portugal. The area is great for its offer of luxury hotels, but there are also some cheaper accommodations located in the side streets.
The boulevard is located near the Baixa district, which means that many of Lisbon’s attractions are within a walking distance. The Avenida is located near Parque Eduardo VII, the main park in the center of Lisbon.
Close to the airport and well connected to the center via the metro, the Parque das Naçoesdistrict was built during Expo 1998. It is a futuristic citadel full of modern palaces and buildings connected through many gardens.
In this area there are plenty of new facilities. Here you are close to some of the most popular tourist attractions, including the Science Museum, the Oceanariumand the casinò.
There are many international restaurants, bars, and shops, like the ones inside the Vasco da Gama mall. The district overlooks the Tagus river, not too far from the Vasco da Gama bridge, which is the longest bridge in Europe with its 17 km of length.
In 1498 Vasco da Gama left Belém to reach the Indies in a journey that transformed Portugal into one of the world’s superpowers.
To show his gratitude, the king built the luxurious Jerónimos monastery, the center of a series of impressive monuments and museums of this historical area located west from the center. Among these monuments there are the Belém Tower, the majestic Maritime Museum, the impressive Berardo Collection, one of the most important art galleries in Europe.
The neighborhood is a little bit far from the other districts of the city, but it can be easily reached by train. Around this area you will find many restaurants and bars where to spend a lovely evening.