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Lisbon is made up of several colourful neighbourhoods, each of which inject their own dose of vibrant personality into the city. Stepping across the borders of these areas is like stepping into another world entirely and it means that there’s a little something for every kind of traveler. There’s the curling, narrows streets of Alfama, which is flecked with azulejo adorned walls, there’s the trendy bar scene of Bairro Alto, and the cultural district of Belem, complete with numerous museums and amazing architecture. With so much to explore, make sure you check out our range of central apartments in Lisbon. We have a fine selection of boutique rentals in the hillside of Alfama, cheap studios with incredible views of the Tagus River, and budget flats dotted around the downtown area. Ensure you make the most of your trip by booking the perfect place to stay.
Lisbon is made up of several different neighbourhoods which all offer visitors something different. There’s the old hillside village of Alfama which was the only part of the city not hit by the 18th Century earthquake. Today it is a flurry of spiral streets, quirky curiosity shops, and intimate restaurants. Then there’s Baixa, the business district with wide boulevards and office blocks, Chiado, which boasts a collection of high-end, boutique stores, and Bairro Alto, the hip and trendy part of the city that is famous for its bar scene. Belem is the cultural neighbourhood, lying a tram’s ride away from the city centre and housing a large number of Lisbon’s museums, and there’s Cacilhas, located right on the water’s edge and a haven for seafood lovers. Whichever neighbourhood you want to stay in, be sure to choose one of our budget boutique apartments to ensure you have the best stay possible.
Lisbon’s array of quirky neighbourhoods is reflected in the city’s accommodation. In Barrio Alto, there are plenty of off-beat hostels that showcase a youthful vibe and are perfect for late-night revellers, whilst the winding streets of Alfama proffer tiny, hodgepodge guesthouses that offer a trip back in time. Whether you choose to stay in the high-end hotels of the downtown area or in the quieter guesthouses of cultural Belem, Lisbon accommodation adds an extension to the city’s already lively personality. For the more independent traveller, holiday apartments are the perfect way to get to grips with the fascinating faces of Lisbon.
Lisbon airport lies just 6km from the city centre and is easily reachable by numerous modes of transport. Firstly, you can grab a taxi from outside the terminal building. The ride takes just a few minutes and costs barely anything. Then there’s the selection of direct buses that take visitors from the terminals into the downtown areas of Lisbon. However, the easiest and most efficient method is the metro, which has a direct line from the airport into the heart of the city.
Visitors also arrive in Lisbon via train from neighbouring cities or from Spain via the cross-country services. If you’re arriving this way, you’re most likely to end your journey at the Estação do Oriente, Lisbon’s main train station.
Lisbon boasts an easy-to-use public transport system consisting of buses, trams, a metro, and trains. Trams are the most authentic way to get around town, and there are still some of the vintage models in use in Alfama but, for the most part, you’ll be riding the modern styles, particularly if you’re heading to Belem. The trams are great for seeing more of the city whilst you traverse from one attraction to the next, but the metro allows you to get quickly from one side of the city to the other.
There is also a cheap and reliable train service that runs along the banks of the Tagus to nearby seaside villages and the popular castle town of Sintra.