What’s the best neighborhood in Lisbon to live in?
Over the past few years, Lisbon has gradually transformed into one of the most popular cities in the whole of Europe, for a number of different reasons. As the capital city of Portugal, the municipal area is a major tourist hub for the country and also the rest of Europe. Additionally, the picturesque city has a buzzing pulse and rich cultural history. Many visitors to Lisbon are surprised just how much each neighborhood varies in terms of individuality and character, even in such a small city. If you’re looking to buy or rent in Lisbon, it helps to know more about the different neighborhoods and what each one has to offer. In the following article you’ll find all the information about the advantages of all the different areas.
We all have different tastes and things we consider when choosing where to live. In Lisbon, you can be sure to find a neighborhood that suits you, from the artsy to chic, or from budget to upscale and luxurious. Taking all these into consideration here are some of the best neighborhoods in the capital city.
What is it like to live in the areas of Baixa and Chiado?
This area is generally referred to as downtown Lisbon. It is also one of the go-to places for tourists. It is flanked on one side by Praça do Comércio and on the other side Avenida da Liberdade, and Baixa and its surroundings are also very pedestrian friendly. If you’re looking to find somewhere that is conveniently located, but also has all the charm of the Portuguese capital’s historic streets, then this is the right spot to go for. It is also close to the main shopping district and big brand stores, with good transport links to the rest of the city. It is also near
The freguesia (municipal district) of Santa Maria Maior, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Baixa and Chiado, is one of the most expensive in Lisbon. Property costs on average €6,578 per m².
Property in Baixa and Chiado is very highly valued, and prices are rising fast. Rent prices in this area are also very high, making it an ideal location for investment. Specialist advice If you are looking for expert advice on buying property in Portugal, it can help to talk to a specialist. Our team at Global Citizen Solutions can provide you with a personalized plan for purchasing a home in Portugal. Get in touch to find out more about your investment options.
What is it like to live in Bairro Alto?
This neighborhood comes to life after midnight. It is filled with boutique hotels, bars, restaurants, and graffitied houses. Homes in the streets uphill from the Praça de Luís de Camões can be very noisy, due to the number of bars there. Some other quieter spots can be found around Santa Catarina and Bica, although the whole neighborhood is transformed into a massive street party for the whole of June. Most of the streets in this neighborhood are very hilly and narrow, and parking is very limited. This does also mean that it has some of the best views in the city, with many apartments having incredible views over the River Tagus.
Property costs on average €6,578 per m².
Much like Baixa and Chiado, property in Bairro Alto is very highly valued and highly sought after. It is particularly popular with foreign exchange students, as it is centrally located and also close to Lisbon’s best nightlife spots.
What is it like to live in Lapa and Santos?
Located to the west of the city center, the neighborhoods of Lapa and Santos are quieter and more residential than other areas in central Lisbon. This is a good spot to pick if you’re looking to live in a historical neighborhood, without all the noise and bustle of Baixa or Bairro Alto. In recent years Santos has become an increasingly attractive area to live in among young, international professionals. At the same time a number of cafes and restaurants have opened up in the area, making it an even more interesting place to live.
Property costs on average €5,034 per m².
This up-and-coming area has everything going for it, central, but also quiet, and prices aren’t as high as places such as Bairro Alto or Baixa.
What is it like to live in Avenidas Novas?
This is an upscale district with luxury apartments, wide avenues, and aristocratic art-nouveau palaces. It is also home to the beautiful Parque Eduardo the VII as well as being in close proximity to Avenida da Liberdade, one of the priciest avenues in the world. Avenida Novas is also well connected by public transportation and quite central. However, it can be chaotic during rush hours because of the number of cars transiting through the area.
Property costs on average €4,410 per m².
Buildings in the area of Avenidas Novas tend to be newer than other parts of the center, as well as more spacious.
What is it like to live in Intendente and Mouraria?
This one of the more central areas of Lisbon which is gradually being gentrified. It is very multicultural, fast-paced and hippy. There is also an abundance of renovation projects going on here. You will also find several Chinese and Indian supermarkets here if you are looking for some special cooking ingredients. It is also well served by public transport.
Average prices in Intendente and Mouraria are €4,410 per m².
Intendente and Mouraria have been rapidly gentrified in recent years and are fast becoming one of the most attractive places in Lisbon to buy property. Despite being very close to the center, prices are still comparatively low.
What is it like to live in Campo de Ourique?
Located to the west of the city centre, Campo de Ourique is a pleasant and residential neighborhood that is very family orientated. It is also a quiet area away from the bustling parts of the city with lovely squares and gardens. It is also well served by public transportation (mainly buses).
The average price of property in Campo de Ourique is €4,410 per m².
Campo de Ourique has everything you might want in a neighborhood, such as shops, transport, and green spaces, but it is a far calmer place to live those areas which are closer to the center.
What is it like to live in Alfama and Graça?
This is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. The most distinguishing characteristics of Alfama is its labyrinth narrow streets and alleyways. It is also home to the Castelo de São Jorge and Fado, traditional Portuguese folk music. This still retains some of its old charm that goes as far as back as the 17th century and even in some quarters it is referred to as a village in a city. However, the Alfama neighborhood has seen development in recent years as property owners are remodeling their apartments to use them for holiday rentals.
Average prices for the Alfama are €5,034 per m² whereas property in Graça is slightly cheaper at €4,410 per m².
Graça and Alfama are the neighborhoods of Lisbon that feel the most authentically Portuguese. With the narrow winding streets and charming trams rattling up and down the hills, it feels almost like stepping back in time.
What is it like to live in Belém, Ajuda, and Restelo?
This is the last neighborhood within the Lisbon municipality. It is a very historic neighborhood filled with lots of museums and monuments, as well as large gardens and parks. Ajuda and Restelo are also in and around the Belem district. They are very tranquil and safe neighborhoods with houses, villas, and apartments that give good views of the Tagus River and the Ponte 25 de Abril.
In Ajuda the average price of property is €3,720 per m², while in Belem it is a little bit more expensive at €4,410 per m².
The pleasant parks and quiet streets are just a few of the attractions to these historic neighborhoods.
What is it like to live in Parque das Nações?
This modern neighborhood is made up of modern high-rise residential buildings and hotels. This area is generally quiet except when there is a big conference or event in Lisbon. It is also easy to forget you live in Lisbon if you stay in this area because the feeling in these parts is very much different from neighborhoods close to the center.
In Parque das Nações the average price of property is €5,034 per m².
Thought the prices are higher than many other neighborhoods in Lisbon, its architecture and housing are far more modern and futuristic than most other areas of the city.
Living on the outskirts of Lisbon vs the center?
As house prices in central Lisbon become increasingly more expensive, many people are looking further away from the center to find better property deals. Cheaper areas of Lisbon include neighborhoods such as Beato, Marvila, Campolide and Benfica.
The main advantage of living in areas further from the city center is that property is cheaper and usually bigger as well. The disadvantage is obviously in their distance from the center, which can be particularly noticeable when it comes to transport. They are also significantly quieter when it comes to restaurants and nightlife.
Up-and-coming areas of Lisbon
Some other up-and-coming areas in Lisbon include Marvila and Beato. These formerly industrial areas are now home to a number of creative spaces and industries, as well as micro-breweries, and can be a good choice when it comes to investing in property in Lisbon.
Frequently asked questions about neighborhoods in Lisbon
Is it expensive to buy a house in Lisbon?
The price of houses and apartments have climbed up in Lisbon in the past three years. However, there are still some bargains to be gotten in upcoming areas away from the most expensive areas like Avenida, Baixa and Principe Real.
Is it expensive to rent a house in Lisbon?
Rent in Lisbon is a bit on the high side when compared to the salaries paid. The average rent in Lisbon for a one-bedroom apartment ranges between €800 to €1500. However, when this is compared to other major European cities it is relatively cheaper
Why choose Lisbon over other European cities?
Lisbon is an emblematic capital city with a rich history, buzzing nightlife, renaissance architecture, affordable cost of living with a high-quality life and also cosmopolitan.
Are there any international schools in Lisbon?
There are a number of international schools in Lisbon. The new British School of Lisbon is located in Cais do Sodre, very close to Baixa and Chiado, and there are a number of others located slightly further out of the city. Take a look at this article for more information about schools in Lisbon.
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