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Lisbon Old TownLisbon District

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Discover views over the old town from hilltop Graça, Moorish history in Alfama, bustling downtown Baixa, bohemian Chiado and nightlife in Bairro Alto. 

The historic heart of Lisbon is the Old Town. The area is made up of a series of districts that each have their own unique atmosphere and attractions. Tram 28 runs through the Old Town and stops frequently. Get off and explore the area on foot or station-hop from site to site.

Start in the Graça district of the Old Town to get your bearings. This hilltop neighborhood has stunning views from outdoor cafés.

Discover the Moorish history of the city at Castle de São Jorge, which dominates the hillside overlooking Alfama. Moorish rulers built the castle in the 6th century. Enjoy a multimedia show about Lisbon’s turbulent history in a restored room of the palace.

Move on to discover downtown Baixa with its large squares full of neoclassical buildings and cafés. This district was rebuilt after the Lisbon earthquake and was one of Europe’s first instances of urban planning, with pedestrian avenues, decorative arches and theaters.

Catch the tram to Chiado, a district full of 16th-century buildings. Browse designer boutiques and old bookstores. Sit in cafés where the artists and literary personalities of Lisbon once met and worked.

Explore the streets of Barrio Alto, with its mix of 16th and 19th-century homes. This district was once a working class neighborhood, but is now home to some of the most popular bars in the city.

In the evenings, catch some authentic Portuguese music in Alfama’s Fado bars, enjoy tapas and wine in Barrio Alto or sip cocktails on rooftops with views in Chiado. Tram 28 runs from early in the morning until late in the evening. Purchase a 24-hour ticket for unlimited rides for a day.

You can also discover the Old Town by joining a walking tour for a fee. Knowledgeable guides will give you insight into the Old Town’s mix of Roman and Moorish cultural influences, the history of Jewish persecution and the effect of the 1755 earthquake on the city. Organize tours through your hotel or tourist information centers within the Old Town.


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Avenida Palace
Avenida Palace
5 out of 5
Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon
The price is €208 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue, Rossio Square and Restauradores Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Carmo Convent ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)
"The staff was so kind and helpful. The location is perfect. Walking distance to so many things you want to see. I loved it there and would stay again."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Avenida Palace
Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu
Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu
4 out of 5
Rua Dom Duarte, 3, Lisbon
The price is €48 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this guesthouse is steps away from Figueira Square and Rossio Square. Se and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. Praça ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (888 reviews)
"everybody friendly pleasant we left the hotel 5 am morning did not have breakfast . the night before they bring a basket whit snack for two very surprising:)"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu
Residentas Apóstolos
Residentas Apóstolos
4 out of 5
Beco dos Apóstolos, 3, Misericordia, Lisbon
The price is €89 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Chiado, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon City Hall and Santa Justa Elevator. Commerce Square and Rossio ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (105 reviews)
"Andreia and all the staff were amazingly helpful and responsive. The accommodations were clean and cheerful. We truly appreciated the thoughtful touches such as juice, jams, fruit and wine upon our arrival. The location is excellent as it is within a few minutes walk of the metro, shopping and the ..."

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Residentas Apóstolos
Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Sapateiros 158, Lisbon
The price is €69 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Santa Justa Elevator, Rossio Square and Carmo Convent. Se and Commerce Square are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,542 reviews)
"Quirky decor. Helpful staff. Comfortable bed. Great location. Good breakfast."

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2020

Lisbon Art Stay Apartments Baixa
Hotel da Baixa
Hotel da Baixa
231 Rua da Prata, Lisbon
The price is €78 per night from 16 May to 17 May
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Figueira Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Rossio Square and Carmo Convent are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (382 reviews)
Will come back again!
"Excellent service and very nice hotel! Breakfast was fantastic! Highly recommended! Thank you!"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Hotel da Baixa
Guestready - Mod-luxe 2BR apt Near Cais das Colunas
Guestready - Mod-luxe 2BR apt Near Cais das Colunas
3.5 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros 28, Lisboa, Portugal, Lisbon
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Located in Lisbon Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Rua Augusta Arch, Se and Commerce Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Lisbon City ...
Guestready - Mod-luxe 2BR apt Near Cais das Colunas
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