This page is dedicated to tourist accommodation in the heart of Lisbon. If you are looking to settle down permanently, we give you some advice in our "accomodation in Portugal" section.
This dossier has been designed to help you make a decision about booking accommodation for your next stay in Lisbon :
Alfama, « The Baths » in Arabic, is the oldest district in Lisbon. A real labyrinth, characterised by its narrow streets, colorful houses, hanging garlands, the smell of sardines and the songs of fado. Full of charms, the district is nevertheless the most visited district in Lisbon. The famous grandmothers at the window disappear from the landscape and you will surely have a fellow countryman as your neighbour. It is losing its authenticity and gaining in tourist attractions.
Ideal for a romantic couple looking for a postcard image.
Average because most of the time it is inaccessible by taxi and public transport even though we are in the centre. You will have to face many stairs and cobbled streets.
Time Out magazine voted the Arroios neighbourhood in Lisbon as the coolest…in the World ! Traditionally, this is where you’ll find the working-class neighbourhoods with their colourful and cleverly hidden vilas operarias. Pleasant parks are located on Sant’ana Hill. It is also here that you will find cheap accommodation and Lisbon life off the beaten track, alternative. Following in the footsteps of Intendente, this young neighbourhood is evolving very quickly.
Ideal for families and small budgets.
Very good because you are well served by the metro and close to the historic centre. There is no « steep » climb if you exclude the Sant’ana hill.
These are the Avenidas Novas, new neighbourhoods built from the end of the 19th century with beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. Starting from the famous Avenida da Liberdade (where you will find all the luxury brands), these districts were designed for the middle classes, or even the wealthy, and are heterogeneous. They are residential areas with many offices in the tertiary sector. If you’re an architecture fan, this is your neighbourhood !
Ideal for groups, seminars and corporate events.
Medium as public transport is required unless you opt for a 30-minute walk or taxi.
Bairro Alto is the « high district » shaped by the Jesuits as early as the 16th century. It was a landmark for newspapers and sailors. Today, this authentic district is partly populated by students and Brazilians, as is Bica. So it is naturally here that Lisbon’s nightlife is in full swing.
Ideal for partygoers, hen & stag groups.
Average for people with physical difficulties.
Historic heart of Lisbon, Baixa was completely rebuilt after the terrible earthquake of 1755. Its large blocks of buildings, traced with chalk lines, have traditionally housed merchants and craftsmen, as this area was considered « cursed » to be inhabited. Today, you will find a wealth of historic shops, cafés, restaurants… and tourist attractions !
Ideal for families, people with reduced mobility, elderly people.
Excellent ! Baixa means « low ». Lisbon revolves around this district and in particular around the Dom Pedro IV (or Rossio) square.
The quays of this district still bear the heritage of the sailors but the traces of the shipyards and the fishing port are fading away. The mercado da ribeira (« Time Out ») is no longer a fish market, the fishermen’s huts have been transformed into gin bars. In Rua Nova do Carvalho (the famous Pink street !), the taverns are invaded by thirsty men, the brothels become trendy night clubs. but nevertheless, it’s clean and renovated.
Ideal for partygoers hen & stag groups, lovers of concept restaurants.
Excellent ! Everything can be done on foot. You are close to the ferry terminal (to reach Cacilhas/Almada/Cristo Rei) and the train station serving Bélem, Cascais/Estoril.
A bourgeois district par excellence, it was the lair of intellectuals and Fernando Pessoa, the famous poet. French-style « chic » shops grew like mushrooms. You’ll be happy if you want to do some shopping in Lisbon. Chiado is the cultural heart of the city, close to Bairro Alto, Baixa and the Rossio square. It is therefore ideally located.
Ideal for romantic and chic couples, lovers of shopping and great restaurants, party groups, hen, stag.
Very good. Everything can be done on foot. Average if you have difficulty walking.
From now on, you have to write Graça and it’s pronounced like this : « gra · suh » (/ˈɡɾa.sɐ/). This working-class district is perched on the high hill, in the extension of the castle and the Alfama districts. With its rural village atmosphere, Graça is very pleasant to live in. It is here that you can eat a delicious workers’ lunch for € 7.50. It is not sheltered from the fresh wind but it is the price to pay to admire the most beautiful panoramas of Lisbon.
Ideal for people in good physical health and families.
Complicated. Everything can be done on foot but you have to climb ! If tram 28 passes through the heart of Graça, you have to be patient to get a seat. The solution remains the taxi. It is therefore not recommended for people with reduced mobility.
Its English garden gave it its letters of nobility. This chic and good-natured neighbourhood is in some way like the Marais district in Paris. Life here is very pleasant with its inspiring and conceptualized restaurants, its Portuguese-style shops. On the heights of Bairro Alto, it is very well located. Very popular with the gay community, the Principe Real district is their place to go out and take walks.
Ideal for gay couples, chic couples and quality window-shoppers !
Good because the district is located very close to Bairro Alto and Chiado. Average if you have difficulty walking.
If you ask yourself this question in relation to insecurity, I can reassure you right away. All the districts in the centre of Lisbon are safe, there is no gratuitous aggression. Of course, as in any city in the world, you must always be vigilant at night, especially if you are drunk.
If, on the other hand, you are wondering about the accommodation, there are indeed some districts which are not practical to stay in because they are too far away.Among the most touristy are Alcantara (Lx Factory), Belem and Oriente (Oceaonorium). I do not recommend them if your aim is to discover Lisbon city centre.
However, if Lisbon is only a stopover during your stay and you want an area that is easy to get to by car…these areas are to be recommended ! 🙂 Indeed, it is very difficult to park in the historic centre of Lisbon, or even to simply drive around.
The Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon is very qualitative. The hosts are of a rare sympathy which allows, in addition to a generally atypical atmosphere, a real immersion in Lisbon. Here is a selection of charming B&Bs in Lisbon.
Of all accommodation, Lisbon's hostels remain the most attractive. I am going to quote some figures from the 12th Hoscars award. Set up by Hostelworld, these trophies reward the world's best hostels in 120 countries for a total of 174 referenced hostels.
Why should they be highlighted ? Because 9 youth hostels in the capital city have been rewarded for their efforts. That's just over 5 % of the awarded hostels... Not bad for a single city !
There are also a number of highly rated hostels in Lisbon :