In this article I will tell you about the areas of Lisbon, where you can stay, and also make a selection of hotels and apartments in Lisbon to help you with your choice.
TOP 10 areas of Lisbon: where to stay
If you came to Lisbon for a few days – a week with a tourist purpose, then I recommend choosing accommodation in the historic center. So all the sights will be “at hand”, in extreme cases, you can not even use transport. However, keep in mind that Lisbon, like Rome, is located on seven hills, and therefore you will constantly have to climb the mountain, then go down from it. The most popular form of transport in Lisbon is perhaps the tram, which could help with movement, but the trams are constantly crowded with tourists, and traveling in such conditions is, well, not very pleasant. The Lisbon metro has three lines, but in the center, in my opinion, it will not help much.
Map of Lisbon with areas
Here are a few maps to help you navigate the areas of Lisbon and decide which area is best to stay in.
A cool map of the districts was made by the guys from https://discoverportugal.ru
The historical center is marked in green, I would recommend you rent an apartment here. Yellow – areas of the 18-19 centuries. Violet – the modern areas of Lisbon.
To help you better navigate, I signed areas in the green zone. This card can be saved and printed if necessary.
Districts of Lisbon (historic center)
The most central area. “Center of the center”, so to speak. Not on the hills, the main attractions are Commerce Square, Rossio and Figueira. Here is the embankment of the Tagus River and the famous elevator of Santa Justa (Zhusta)
Large selection of hotels, restaurants, transport accessibility. However, they say that on the pedestrian street Rua Augusta you can find many gypsies.
Historic colorful area. He did not suffer during the earthquake of the 18th century, so his appearance was preserved in the same form as several centuries ago. Narrow streets, endless steps, linen on the balconies, almost no transport (not every car will pass through) is such an Alfama district. Today it is considered the safest area of the city.
Area Attractions: Fadu Museum, Pantheon, Jewish Museum, Flea Market, Lisbon Cathedral. There are many restaurants in the area where fado sounds in the evenings.
№3.Se & Castelo
The main attraction of the area is the Castle of St. George, located on a hill. Accordingly, your accommodation (mainly apartments are located here) will be on a hill. The area is colorful, there will always be many tourists under the windows. But it’s very hilly, the situation is saved by the fact that taxis can even get here.
Hotels in Se&Castelo
№4. Graça and Sao Vicente
In this area (on the border of Grasse and San Vicente) we had apartments (I haven’t seen any hotels nearby, but the apartments are being rented out actively). Cool view from the window to the Pantheon and the sea.
We walked, on the second day we were already used to climbing the stairs. Near the observation deck Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. We had dinner at Matas – Snack Bar (LaLargo Graça 63), about 10 minutes walk from the apartment. It’s strange that Google received bad reviews, I liked the food (2 huge plates of fish or meat + beer + wine for 25 euros), the service may be lame, but Lisbon is not Paris, where you will smile at any restaurant.
Areas on the hill, within walking distance of the Alfama district and St. George’s Castle. Former work districts. Trams and buses run here. The nearest metro station is Santa Apolonia, about 1 km away.
Another old district of Lisbon, for me, is even too authentic and colorful. We got into it by accident, as usual, at the prompt of maps.me (he likes to drive not by central streets, but by some “local paths”). About this area they write on the Internet: “The area is divided into several parts – the upper one, which is comfortable to be in, and the lower one, where you feel a little discomfort, but this is only the beginning . ”
I will not talk in detail about my thoughts regarding this area, I will only say that this is the first place in the history of my travels when I took off my jewelry and hid them in my bag. Naturally, the second time I wouldn’t go there, not to mention renting apartments there. But you decide for yourself.
№6. Avenida da Liberdade (Avenida da Liberdade)
Avenida da Liberdade – Lisbon “Champs Elysees”, where all the most expensive boutiques are concentrated, as well as a huge selection of hotels of different categories. The historic center is within walking distance, good transport links (metro, buses, Rossio station. The courtyards are quite quiet.
Chiado is a district of bars, shops and viewing platforms. Here is the observation deck of the Santa Justa elevator. The area is quite well located between the historical center and the party district of Bairo Altu, there are many modern hotels and hostels in the area, but regular ups and downs are inevitable.
№8.Barro Alto (Bayru Altu).
This is a noisy area of bars and restaurants, suitable for partygoers. The most party street is Rua da Atalaia. The nearest metro station is Baixa-Chiado. If you are a non-resident, it is forbidden to enter the area by car.
№9. Principe Real
It is considered the “trendy” area of Lisbon, with many LGBT-friendly bars. Public transport does not go here. Two options to get to a hotel in the area are by taxi and on foot.
No. 10. Belem (Belem)
The historic district that became part of Lisbon just recently. The Belem district is located a few kilometers from the city center; you can get there by train in 7 minutes, by bus or tram in 30-40.
The area is famous for such sights as the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem tower, the monument to the Discoverers, the carriage museum, the museum of architecture, and also here is the famous Pastel de Belem confectionery, which knows the secret to making real pastel de nate and has been preparing them since 1836 (but I agree with many tourists who say that in other pastry shops this cake is not worse at all, for example, the confectionery Manteigaria, Rua do Loreto 2)
Lisbon City Center Hotels
In this part of the article there will be a selection of hotels and apartments in Lisbon: from good three-star hotels to the best 5 * hotels in the capital of Portugal.
The best 5 * hotels in Lisbon
Bairro Alto Hotel 5 * (Bairro Altu and Chiado area), 9.0. – a five-star boutique hotel (opens in May 2019, apparently after renovation) in an 18th-century building. Some have views of the Tagus River. The hotel has its own Chef restaurant and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Lisbon Cathedral 1 km, Lisbon Airport 7.5 km. From 395 € per night with breakfast.
Altis Belem Hotel & Spa 5 * (Belem district), 9.1. – a luxurious 5 * hotel located in the historical district of Belem, on the river embankment. It features several restaurants, including Michelin-based Feitoria, swimming pools, a spa and a sun terrace. Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Garden are a 7-minute walk away, and the center is 6 km away. From 220 € with breakfast.
EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel 5 * (Campo Santano District), 9.1. New hotel 700 meters from Marquês de Pombal Station. Rooms in a modern style, two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), spa, restaurant. Amoreiras Shopping Center is nearby and Bairro Altu is a 20-minute drive away. From 230 € with breakfast.
See also “TOP 30 Lisbon Attractions”
Good hotels of Lisbon 4 *
Hotel Florida 4 * (Campo Santano District), 8.2. A good four-star hotel within a two-minute walk of Marquês de Pombal Square. The hotel is decorated in the style of vintage cinema. Gym, conservatory, breakfast is offered by the hotel. The city center is about 10 minutes by transport. From 140 € incl.
Tivoli Oriente Hotel 4 * (Park of Nations), 8.6.-four-star Tivoli Hotel in Lisbon is located in the modern business district of the Park of Nations. To the airport 5 minutes by taxi or 10 by metro, to the city center 16-20 minutes by metro. The metro station is a short walk away. The hotel offers its guests to use the indoor pool with jacuzzi, or enjoy cocktails in the bar on the 16th floor with panoramic views. From 160 € with breakfast.
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel & Spa 4 * (Avenida Liberdade area), 9.0. 4 star hotel in Lisbon, almost in the center of the city: 15 minutes on foot to Rossio Square, about 2 km to the vibrant Chiado and Bairro Altu districts, the airport is 9 km away. The eco-friendly hotel is decorated in a modern style, on site there is a spa, restaurant, gym. Mediterranean Brasserie Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, while cocktails are served at Urban Bar. From 230 € with breakfast.
2 * and 3 * hotels in the center of Lisbon
Hotel ibis Lisboa Liberdade 2 * (Avenida Liberdade district), 8.6. Solid network hotel near the city center. The nearest metro stations are Avenida, Marquês Do Pombal and Rata. Reviews are good, but the price is not for 2 stars – from 104 € per night.
Hotel Nacional 3 * (Avenida Liberdade district), 7.8. A popular hotel in Lisbon, 200 meters from Marquês de Pombal Square. The hotel provides a free garage, and breakfast can be ordered in the room. The reviews are not bad. From 102 € per night with breakfast.
Hotel Borges Chiado 3 * (border of Baixa and Chiado), 8.0. A 3 * star hotel in Lisbon, located on the border of the two central districts of Baixa and Chiado. The entire historical center is within walking distance. Beautiful modern design of rooms, a terrace, a fitness center are at guests’ disposal. From 167 € with breakfast.
Read also my guide “How to travel to Portugal: tips and tricks for independent travelers”
Apartments in Lisbon
If you want to stay in historical areas and plunge into the life of Lisbon, then choose an apartment.
Studio in the heart of Alfama ( Alfama district), 9.4. The most simple, affordable apartments in the heart of historic Lisbon. Small sofa, kitchen, bathroom. Only 49 € per night.
Fantastic Duplex – Lisbon Castle S. Jorge (Ce and Castelo district), 9.2. A decent two-level apartment with an interesting design, 800 meters from St. George’s Castle. Accessibility of transport, silence at night, amazing view from the window. Nearby is the route of the popular 28 tram. From 84 € per night.
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That’s all. I hope you have a little orientation in the city and decided on the choice of area and hotel! Have a nice rest!
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