Lisbon is quickly becoming a trendy city to live in, and one of the reasons why is the liveliness of the population and the city’s environment. It’s growing very fast, and the older areas have been renewed, being more attractive than ever. The access to public transportation, stores and restaurants is improving, and a lot of neighbourhoods have gardens and green spaces where you can relax.
Some people like to stay in the vibrant central areas, while others prefer the calmer spaces. No matter what you prefer, here are some of the best areas to live in Lisbon:
Baixa is known as the heart of Lisbon. Is where some of the city’s main attractions are, such as Santa Justa Elevator, Rua Augusta Arch and Praça do Comércio. There are a lot of shopping streets and tourist shops, making it very lively all day. Not many people live here, but lately, it has been a significant real estate investment in this area, so there are a lot of refurbished apartments.
Rua Augusta Arch in Baixa-Chiado.
Campo de Ourique
Campo de Ourique is a very calm residential neighbourhood, far from the tourist attractions of the city centre. Living here means having an excellent quality of life. There are a lot of shops and the famous Campo de Ourique Market, where you can find a great diversity of products and a nice food court. There is no metro station, but you can easily move around by tram and bus.
Belém e Restelo
Belém is the neighbourhood of some of the city’s most famous monuments, museums and pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tart). Restelo, right next to Belém, is known for its big houses with beautiful views to the river. There is no metro station, but many trams and buses can take you to the centre. People enjoy living there because it’s quiet and there are a lot of green spaces.
Sala Thai, Thai Pavilion in Jardim de Belém.
Parque das Nações
This area was developed about 20 years ago for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition, creating a hub with a concert hall, a shopping centre, an oceanarium, and a train and bus stations. Nowadays it is one of the best places to live in, known for its contemporary architecture, residential areas and business centres. It has a lot of green spaces, and the waterfront view is lovely.
Parque das Nações.
Estrela and Lapa
Estrela is one of the noblest neighbourhoods of Lisbon, where many palaces and embassies are. It is very historical, and a lot of the buildings have recently been rehabilitated, which has attracted a lot of people searching for a new home in the city. The negative parts are the lack of parking spaces and public transportation, but for some people, the luxurious condominiums make up for it.
Alvalade and Campo Grande
Nowadays, this is one of the most coveted areas to live in. The streets are wide open, and there is a very traditional neighbourhood atmosphere. It is excellent in terms of public transportation, local commerce and traditional stores. Families like living here because the houses and apartments are quite spacious. There are also a lot of parks and green areas, such as Mário Soares Garden (also known as Campo Grande Garden), the biggest garden in the centre of Lisbon.
Mário Soares Garden or Campo Grande Garden.
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