Lisbon’s best neighbourhoods

Posted on 03 July 2017

Lisbon is one of Europe’s most scenic capital cities, where you can enjoy panoramic views of cobbled lanes, terracotta rooftops and domed cathedrals atop any of its seven hills. Its ancient ruins are complemented by an eclectic mix of regeneration projects and cutting edge contemporary developments, making Portugal’s capital one of Europe’s most exciting cities to invest in. So which neighbourhood’s should overseas property buyers visit on their viewing trip?


Known as the embassy quarter, Lapa is possibly the most salubrious neighbourhood in Lisbon. As the city expanded in the 18th century the nobility and upper classes established their homes here, and the area has retained its upmarket reputation ever since. Today the imposing Basilica da Estrela and verdant Jardim da Estrela gardens opposite provide a focal point for the local community, who enjoy the breath-taking views of the city and river below. As well as its fabulous green spaces, Lapa offers residents access to top-ranking schools and quiet residential streets.

Barrio Alto

It’s a tale of two neighbourhoods when describing Lisbon’s trendiest collection of streets and buildings: Barrio Alto. By day the area is rather unassuming; a pleasant place to stroll around, grab a coffee and browse the shops. By night it transforms drastically into Lisbon’s beating heart, thanks to a seemingly endless supply of bars and restaurants frequented by young revellers until sunup.


Located next to Barrio Alto, this elegant district is considered the city’s commercial and cultural heartland; where shoppers flock for their retail fix, theatre lovers enjoy the best productions and culture vultures visit palaces and museums. Anyone buying property here will be able to enjoy Chiado’s lively cosmopolitan ambience well into the night, as Barrio Alto’s energy spills into its neighbouring streets.

Príncipe Real

This residential district – named in honour of Queen Maria II’s first born – oozes charm, making it one of the most sought-after areas to live in the city. Gentrification is the name of the game here, which has attracted an increasingly young population. A more relaxed pace of life can be found among its streets, compared to other more boisterous neighbourhoods to the south. If you like nothing better than relaxing in the shade of a tree in well-tended gardens, or strolling around antique shops, this is the place for you.

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