Start dreaming: yellow trams bringing you from place to place and from today to the old days of Lisbon. You’ll rise and shine, thinking of a delicious cake from Belém. First, a walk down La Baixa while locals shop at the Ribeira Market. What’s for lunch? Sardines or cod fish? Don’t miss the soup of the day! At night, listen to some fados in La Alfama. Get back on the tram, find your bed and feel nostalgia for a day that’s already gone. In Lisbon, of course.
More Fun in an Holiday Apartment
The western-most capital of continental Europe, Lisbon lies on the Atlantic coast and benefits from great weather: hot sunny summers and mild rainy winters. Renting an apartment in one of the barrios is a great way to get to know the city on an intimate level, surpassing mere tourism and living like a native. Enjoy fresh food from the stalls at Praca da Figueira, hop a tram to explore the city, and marvel at the vibrant street art that proliferates in some areas.
One advantage of an apartment in the centre of Lisbon is the saving you will make on transport costs – you can simply get ready and hit the streets, whether you are ready to explore at will or if you have a strict itinerary to fulfil. Being in the city centre means that you will feel part of the hustle and bustle of Lisbon living.
Another advantage is that you will not have to worry about navigating long distances home, should you have a drink or two in the evening! There is nothing better after a hot pub atmosphere than to stroll the cool and quiet streets to a welcoming, homely flat.
Lisbon lies on a hill so, depending on where your holiday apartment is, you will have superb sweeping views over the cityscape and the sea.
Must See Sights
The beach is nearby – a mere thirty minutes from your city apartment – and boasts clean white sands and azure water, ideal for lazing away a few pleasant hours. However, Lisbon has so much more to offer, both within the city and its surrounds.
Explore the city using Tram 28, which wends its way through some of the prettiest and most historic Lisbon streets. Take in the Castelo São Jorge, a ninth-century castle which overlooks the city from on high. The Torre de Belém guards the city from the sea, and is an exciting trek, over the water on a raised walkway. The tower boasts intricate stonework and fabulous views, and is historically fascinating with a Gothic and Byzantine origin.
On the rare rainy days (or just to get out of the sun for a while) visit the Museu Gulbenkian. Ancient Greek vases rest uneasily alongside Roman and Chinese treasures and the walls are saturated with the works of the old masters.
Having an apartment in Lisbon makes it easier than ever to explore the historic city, enjoy the tourist sights and live like a local, all from the very centre of it all.
Locals or travelers?
I doesn’t take much time before willing to become a local in Lisbon. No wonder! Lisbon is a true beauty and the views from the heights confirm it. But it there’s one thing which competes with its beauty that's called food, and it is cheap as well...
Do you by any chance love cod fish? Then you are in paradise!
5 flavours, 100% Lisbon
Bacalao a bràs: a true city classic.
Pastel de Belém: a unique and widely imitated cake.
Sardines: if there are sardines, you eat sardines!
Porco à alentejana: a recipe from Alentejo, because pork also have space.
Caldo verde: it’s always nice to use a spoon.
Remembering your days in Lisbon
Lisbon is one of those cities with a special feeling. Lisbon is fado in Alfama, nightlife in Bairro Alto. Lisbon is both melancholy and new times. Lisbon are yellow trams and the elevator at Sant Justa. Lisbon is Belém, Madre de Deus, and the Saint George Castle… Lisbon is the Park of Nations, a walk in Chiado and the deliciously beautiful library where Harry Potter was filmed.
A day in Lisbon will bring you melancholy, a quiet walk around little streets and the taste of a delicious cake. Lisbon means sadness, life and a great mix of old and new.
Lisbon neighbourhood guide
Bairro Alto: climb by foot or by tram and see one of the most photogenic areas in the city. Good views, nightlife and a great option to plant your basecamp.
La Baixa: Baixa means center. Shops, restaurants… La Baixa is the middle of it all.
Alfama: one of the coolest areas in town. Traditional and authentic.
Belém: away from the center, Belém is where the famous cakes come from. Don’t miss the monastery!
Park of Nations: Forget about tiles and alleys. The park was first opened in the 1988 EXPO. Wide and different than most of the areas in Lisbon.
Lisboa + Portugal, eternal love
Lisbon is great for a weekend getaway or for a long holiday. But if you don't have enough with Lisbon, there are also great escapes close by. A dreamy palace, beautiful coast, food destinations… Here some options to discover!
Great escapes from Lisbon
Sintra: walls, a palace and one of the classic tours from Lisbon.
Alentejo: What’s after the river Tajo
Cascais: the charm of a bay and the Atlantic waters.
Fátima: city of miracles.
Setúbal: honey wine and entrance to the Troia peninsula.
Bairro Alto, La Baixa, Alfama...
Baixa, Alfama and Bairro Alto are the most strategic areas for your visit to Lisbon. Lots of life, places to eat and authenticity await in each corner. You can also go for practical alternatives like Belém, Alcantara, Estefania, Salfanha or the Park of Nations.
Don’t you forget…
Listening to a fado: in the small alleys in Alfama.
Looking from up to down: check the roofs from the heights at Bairro Alto.
Eating: cakes, sardines, cod fish.
Amazing yourself with ancient tiles: they’re gorgeous!
Getting close to the sea: the history of the distant American lands.
Feeling like a monk: get inside and breath peace at the Monastery of Jeronimos.