Neighbourhoods in Lisbon

Accommodation in Lisbon : neighbourhood
Updated 2021-09-23 07:59

Welcome to Lisbon! You have finally moved to the Portuguese capital, and it's time to pick one of the lovely, tile-decorated neighbourhoods to call your home. Freguesia is the official name in Portuguese to delimitate each council area, and bairros are unofficial denominations for neighbourhoods, though they might not necessarily correspond to the freguesia areas.

Here's what you need to know about residential neighborhoods in Lisbon.

Crime rate in Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the safest capitals in Europe, as well as one of the most popular touristic destinations at the moment. Organised crime and gang violence were very high during the 90s, but today the majority of concern is towards pickpocketing, especially at popular tourist areas and public transport. House break-ins are also a possibility (as it would be in any major capital), so keep doors and windows locked, regardless of your home's locations.

Parking in Lisbon

The historic area of Lisbon is mainly composed of steep hills and narrow cobblestone streets, and its traditional buildings rarely have parking space included (a feature considered premium for the city centre and reserved more popularly for new buildings in the suburbs). Residents usually have to park on the street with a resident's permit.

The best neighborhoods to live in in Lisbon

City Centre: Baixa, Chiado, Rossio & Cais do Sodré

In the heart of Lisbon, the vibe of the neighbourhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Rossio and Cais do Sodré is a pure tradition. With lots of tourist attractions, these are places constantly buzzing with people and things to do -- including traditional restaurants like A Brasileira, and the clubs and bars of Cais do Sodré.

Ethnic & Cool: Martim Moniz, Intendente, Anjos, Alameda

This area runs along the Metro's green line and was once considered suspicious by the more traditional Portuguese natives, as it is highly diverse and multicultural, home to several immigrant communities. Expect to hear different languages and be in touch with people from all over the world. It is also home to the hip, young clubs Casa Independente and Crew Hassan.

Streets of History: Graça, Alfama & Bairro Alto

Steep hills, very narrow cobblestone streets, and amazing viewpoints make these neighbourhoods perfect for expats looking for tradition and history in Lisbon. Beyond tile-decorated buildings with the ubiquitous washing line by the windows, expect a healthy dose of nightlife as well: fado at Alfama and Bairro Alto, and lots of bars in Graça too.

By the River: Belém & Alcântara

Belém and Alcântara are lovely spots by the river Tagus, full of historical attractions such as the Monastério dos Jerónimos. The area has a calm vibe -- even with the tourists -- and offers just a touch of nightlife since it's very close to LX Factory.

Fancy: Estrela, Príncipe Real, Rato & Picoas

Very close to the city centre but with a quieter vibe, these neighbourhoods offer the prime in real estate. It's a very green area, with gardens and parks; Michelin starred restaurants in the main streets and lovely family-run shops on the side ones, ready to be discovered.

These are our suggestions to guide you through the different neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Tell us your favourite in the comments!

Useful links :

Crime in Portugal

Parking in Lisbon 

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