Lisbon| The Best Neighbourhoods

Is Lisbon a walkable city? The capital of Portugal is a vibrant city but relaxed at the same time. Lisbon doesn’t look like a typical capital. There are so many beautiful landscapes and viewpoints to surrender your self to the city’s beauty!

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Beautiful panoramic view of the red roofs of houses in the capital of Portugal
Visit some of the best terraces of Lisbon, admire the colourful rooftops, towers and churches

RIDE THE TRAM 28

  • The first day of your visit to Lisbon, ride the tram 28. The tram 28 runs every 10-15 minutes! Board the tram in Square Martim Moniz to get a seat! How many seats are available? There are 28 seats available in the tram. There is usually a long queue at the starting point (Square Martim Moniz). The tram 28 follows the route: Martim Moniz – Graca – Portas de Sol – Se Cathedral – Rua Conceição (southern Baixa) – Chiado – Sao Bento – Estrela – Campo Ourique.
A vintage yellow tram parked on iit's first stop, Martin Moniz
The number 28 Lisbon tram connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique and passes through the main districts of Alfama, Baixa, Estrela and the main attractions of Lisbon. How long is the tram ride? A one way trip takes around 40 minutes

HOW DO YOU PAY FOR TRAM 28?

You have plenty of options to buy a ticket. Pay a return ride by cash, 3 euros, in the tram driver. Alternatively buy a one way or return ticket in the metro, pay by card or cash, or buy a one day ticket for €6.40, which includes 24-hours unlimited travel.

A woman driving the yellow tram of Lisbon
What time does the Tram 28 start? The most popular tram of the city runs from 6 in the morning to 9 pm

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS TO VISIT

Lisbon is a beautiful city full of colours and breathtaking landscapes! Let’s explore together the districts to visit during your trip.

A bronze statue of a famous poet of Portugal raising his hand and smiling, located in the central square of Chiado
The most emblematic statue of the Portuguese poet, António Ribeiro located in the main square of Chiado district

CHIADO

  • Chiado is a popular neighbourhood in the city of Lisbon. Stroll around the Chiado Square and Rua Garret, get a seat at a coffee shop and/or explore the plentiful shops.
  • The district of the intellectuals, a sophisticated area of bookshops and cultural activities, a beautiful parish neighbouring to Bairro Alto. The district took its name from the 16th-century poet António Ribeiro Chiado. Visit the statue of António Ribeiro and wander in the main square of Chiado. A really interesting parish with a sense of freedom and authentic vibes. The names of the district streets come from well known Portuguese poets. Chiado is my favourite!

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ALFAMA

A night view of the district of Alfama, showing clothes drying on the clothesline and ancient houses
Alfama is the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, spreading between the São Jorge Castle and the Tagus river. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma , meaning “hot fountains” or “baths
  • Alfama is the perfect romantic getaway, the most traditional and historical parish of the city of Lisbon.
  • Walk-in Alfama at night! Observe the picturesque houses, take a glass of wine and enjoy some of the best outstanding viewpoints in the Portuguese capital.
  • Take the elevator of Santa Luzia, a lift to Santa Luzia hill to get some of the greatest views of the city. There is a free entrance in the evening, however, I recommend you to visit the viewing platform in the daytime.
  • Photograph the Casa dos Bicos, the José Saramago Foundation house.
  • What kind of music is fado? Listen to traditional Portuguese music in one of the many bars and restaurants in Alfama. Hear traditional Fado music on a walking tour of Alfama district, then go to a Fado house and enjoy a Portuguese dinner.

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BAIRRO ALTO

  • Bairro Alto is one of the highest parts of the city’s residential neighbourhood. Bairro Alto is considered to be Lisbon’s bohemian neighbourhood! A district hosting plently of bars and nightlife activities. If you are in the mood for great bars and cocktails in Bairro there is plenty to do!
  • Explore Praça Luís de Camões, the square separating Bairro Alto from Chiado.
  • Sip Ginjinha, the cherry liqueur the locals suggest. Go for the traditional one! There are two flavours to choose between: the cherry (the traditional) and the one in the chocolate cup. I had in Largo São Domingos Square a snap for 1,40 euro! Try it, you will feel the warmth descending your throat. Don’t miss the 2 cherries in the bottom.
  • Explore the Bairro Alto district in an alternative way. Enjoy a self-guided, real-life city discovery game via your phone.
  • Would you like to explore the vibrant nightlife of Bairro Alto? Barrio Alto is a neighbourhood full of life in the heart of the city. Experience Lisbon’s exciting nightlife on a 4-hour pub crawl. What you ‘ll get? A free shot in each bar.
The tallest elevator of the city of Lisbon, located in the Baixa District
Baixa (Downtown) is the most central and well-known neighbourhood in Lisbon. Ride the Santa Justa Lift, as seen on the background, to get a bird’s-eye view of the city. Visit the observatory at a height of 45-meters

BAIXA

  • Baixa is the most vibrant neighborhood, the commercial centre of Lisbon! The main street downtown is Rua Augusta. There are many clothing shops and restaurants downtown to explore, a fantastic range to shop and dine.
  • Visit the Igreja de São Domingos, a historical church that has undergone major disasters like earthquakes and fires.
  • Visit the Praça Dom Pedro IV Square, known as Plaza Rossio, one of the most central meeting points of the city.
  • Taste pastel de nata, a delicious traditional Portuguese cream pastry. Pastel de nata is a food tradition in Lisbon, custard tart made of egg yolks, topped up with sugar and cinnamon. Smelling good, looking good, tasting delicious.
  • Take the Santa Justa Elevator! If you miss the observatory don’t worry, there are plenty of viewing platforms offering fantastic views.
  • Taking the bus instead of walking? Ride the double-decker bus with a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket and complete with an audio guide.

WHERE TO GET THE BEST CITY VIEWS

  • Visit Saint George’s Castle! By visiting Castelo de S. Jorge you will familiarize yourself with Lisbon’s history and archaeological past. This popular national monument, open 7 days per week, offers some of the greatest views in the city!
  • Where are the greatest views of Lisbon? Read my post on the most beautiful viewpoints I have ever seen in Europe.

THE SANTA JUSTA ELEVATOR

A photo of the houses' red rooftops in Lisbon taken from the Bellalisa Elevador restaurant
The Santa Justa Lift is one of the best viewpoints of the city, is located at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo

Ride the Santa Justa Lift! A return tickets costs €5.30, includes entrance to the viewing platform. The entrance is free if you buy the 24-hour public transport ticket (€6.40).To pay less visit the viewing platform behind Convento do Carmo via Bellalisa restaurant, take a photo of the breathtaking view for free and/or climb the spiral stairs to the top of the viewpoint for €1.50.

WHAT IS THE BEST AREA TO STAY?

  • Campo de Ourique is a beautiful suburb to visit. According to the locals, Campo is a good district to live, a parish ideal to visit if you are looking to relax with family and friends.
  • Visit Estrela! Estrella is located on the south of Campo de Ourique. What to see in Estrela? The architecture of the district will capture your lens! One of the major architectural monuments of the neighborhood is the 18th-century Estrela Basilica.

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Old- built houses of Alfama under the night light
What is there to do in Alfama at night? Book a night walking tour! Discover the cobbled streets, monuments and landmarks at nighttime

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One thought on “Lisbon| The Best Neighbourhoods

  1. I loved Lisbon! I think it’s one of my top favorite cities in Europe 🙂 Thanks for sharing this- it brought back good memories!

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