Discover Lisbon Walking

Discover Lisbon walking

These are the 5 most interesting areas in Lisbon to discover walking:

Bairro Alto and Chiado

S. Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint

1. Bairro Alto and Chiado
It is a very nice area in the old town with a lot of local commerce as well, where you’ll find plenty cool shops. I recommend visiting there the Museu do Chiado and taste the delicious croissants of the Pastelaria Benard (right next to the exit of the Chiado metro station)

 

 

Baixa

Praça do Comercio

 

2. Baixa
It is the lower part of the city, just between Chiado and Alfama. Here you will find the beautiful plazas of Rossio and Figueira. Worth walking down the Rua Augusta, which is main pedestrian street, and ends at the Augusta Arch that gives access to the Praça do Comercio, right in front of the river Tejo.

 

Alfama and Mouraria

Narrow streets of Alfama

3. Alfama and Mouraria
It is the oldest area of Lisbon, where you’ll find the Castelo de São Jorge. It is definitely worth spending a couple of hours lost in its streets, alleys and stairs. Of course you should visit the castle. And not to be missed, below the castle, a bar/restaurant/circus school called Chapitô (Costa do Castelo, 1) with an incredible view over the river and Lisbon. It is also a classic to catch the tram 28 to go from Praça da Figueira up to Alfama. But I prefer to walk! 😉

 

Belem

Belem Tower

4. Belém
You can go there by tram as well. There are trams leaving from Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodre, headed to Belem. In Belem you will find the delicious Pastéis of Belém (look for the official pastry shop). In the area you can also visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. And for modern art exhibitions you have the CCB (Centro Cultural de Belem).

 

Parque das Nações

Oceanario in Parque das Nações

5. Parque das Nações
It is the modern area that was recovered after the 1998 World Expo. It is nice because it is also next to the river. It’s a good place to take a walk and discover a more modern side of Lisbon, see the Oriente railway station by architect Calatrava and also visit the Oceanario that is a spectacular aquarium.

Find a flat to live in Lisbon

Find a flat to live in Lisbon

Are you coming to live in Lisbon?
Well here you have some tips to help you find an apartment or room to live.

Although this blog is focused mainly on those who come sightseeing for a few days to Lisbon, the truth is more and more foreign people are coming to live in Lisbon, and as I have received messages from many of you in this situation wondering where to look for a place to live, I decided to make a post dedicated to it.

What neighborhoods are the best to live in?

Lisbon has several very good neighborhoods to live in, and I would advise different areas depending if you seek something more lively or more calm, if you come to work or to study, alone or with company, and so on… 😉

If you seek a more lively and central area to walk around the historic center and go to restaurants and bars, I recommend the Chiado area. You also have Principe Real and Estrela that are historic neighborhoods, but not too touristic, and with young people, shops, restaurants, etc…
(Avoid Bairro Alto, because although it is a very cool neighborhood with a lot of life, there is a large concentration of bars, so chances are that you will have noise all night long…)

If you are looking for something quieter, easier to park, good transport, but still central and with many local shops, I recommend Avenidas Novas (Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, São Sebastião).

Where to search for an apartment or room?

To rent or buy a flat, these are the major real estate portals, where you will find private ads and from agencies:
www.casa.sapo.pt
www.imovirtual.com
www.idealista.pt

And these are the websites of the main real estate agencies in Portugal, that also have their own search directory:
www.remax.pt
www.era.pt
www.century21.pt

If what you want is a to find a room in a shared apartment, in the websites above you also have that search option, but these are the websites that are more focused in room renting:
www.uniplaces.com/lisbon
www.bquarto.pt/lisboa
(Note: room in Portuguese is “quarto”)