Lisbon is such a beautiful city with so many intriguing neighbourhoods and different areas to stay. So where are the best Lisbon neighbourhoods and what are the best hotels to stay in? After spending a lovely month in Lisbon here are our favourite picks for where to stay in Lisbon and Lisbon Accommodation Guide…
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Where To Stay In Lisbon? Lisbon Neighbourhoods
When it comes to deciding where to stay in Lisbon, the best option is definitely Lisbon city centre. Within the city centre, you have the Lisbon neighbourhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real, Alfama and Graca.
Baixa is one of the main touristy areas of Lisbon, and is home to many sights such as the Praca do Comercio, thus making it perhaps the best area to stay in Lisbon for sightseeing. The main downside to staying in Baixa is it might seem too touristy at times.
Chiado is another great option, still very central, and home to many local and international shops and restaurants.
Bairro Alto sits above Chiado and is home to much of Lisbon’s nightlife. Bairro Alto is the best place to stay in Lisbon for nightlife.
One of my absolute favourite areas of Lisbon is Principe Real. Principe Real is towards the top of the hill and has beautiful views over Lisbon, green parks where you’ll see the locals playing cards, boutique shops and some of Lisbon’s best restaurants. It has such a beautiful neighbourhood feel. Nearby here you will find Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, a beautiful lookout over Lisbon.
Alfama + Graca
Alfama and Graca are some of the most traditional neighbourhoods in Lisbon. They have a similar feel with Graca directly up the hill from Alfama. We stayed in Alfama and loved it. You can explore the streets forever, with the beautiful tiled and colourful homes, often with laundry hanging in the streets. One of my favourite desserts in Lisbon is in a little store in Alfama. Stay here if you want to be surrounded by a maze of beautiful streets and local life (admittedly overly touristy at times, but there are enough streets to still escape it).
Belem is another area of Lisbon, a little further away. You will most likely visit here for the day to see sights like Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, and of course to taste the delicious Pasteis de Belem. So if you have a short stay and know that one of your days will be spent here, staying in Belem might be worth considering. But if you’re staying in Lisbon for more than a few days, and especially if it’s your first time in Lisbon, I would stay in one of the Lisbon neighbourhoods mentioned above instead. Belem is just that little bit too far away to make going out for dinner, seeing all the sights and exploring other areas, easy. Definitely possible, just not the easiest option.
So my overall favourite picks for where to stay in Lisbon are Alfama, Chiado and Principe Real, but all of the neighbourhoods mentioned above are great options depending on what you personally want out of your holiday.
Lisbon Neighbourhood Map
Booking Accommodation In Lisbon
When booking accommodation in Lisbon, there are two main websites that I use.
Booking.com has some of the best prices and a large number of accommodation options available. We love using it for our travels.
I love seeing what’s available from Airbnb, from getting to stay with a local host or having your own place to yourself, there’s something for everyone.
Lisbon Accommodation Guides
We have put together a guide of our favourite accommodation in Lisbon from our experience of our time there and research. This includes 5 star hotels in Lisbon, boutique hotels in Lisbon and apartments in Lisbon.
Please note: Prices below were based on peak season, per night and are in Australian Dollars. Prices were correct at the time of publishing this article.
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We will continually update this post to make sure we’re recommending the best Lisbon Accommodation, to help you choose where to stay in Lisbon.
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