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Lisbon Old Town

Lisbon District
Lisbon which includes a city and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people

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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Internacional Design Hotel
Internacional Design Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Da Betesga, 3, (Ao Rossio), Lisbon
The price is AU$116 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Figueira Square, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Se and Commerce Square are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Excellent location, rooms, breakfast and very knowledgable and gelpful staff made this a wonderful choice in Lisbon."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Internacional Design Hotel
behotelisboa
behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
The price is AU$118 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Lisbon Cathedral are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Overall, I have no complaints. The hotel is in a safe and central location. The staff are friendly and helpful. They even helped with arranging my private tours. The hotel looks like a 21st century hotel, even though it lacks amenities like a pool etc. (at least, I did not see one). I enjoyed my ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

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Memmo Alfama
Memmo Alfama
4 out of 5
Travessa das Merceeiras, 27 - Alfama, Lisbon
The price is AU$259 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Located in Alfama, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Se and Lisbon Cathedral. Castle of Sao Jorge and Commerce Square are also within 15 minutes. Limoeiro ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (776 reviews)
"The property was very unique. In the heart of the old city it was perfect. Over looking the bay-harbor it was excellent. Nice people."

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

Memmo Alfama
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
The price is AU$145 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Figueira Square, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Se and Commerce Square are also within 10 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (990 reviews)
"Wonderful stay. Everyone was so helpful."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2021

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Lx Boutique Hotel
Lx Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua do Alecrim, 12, Lisbon
The price is AU$130 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Chiado, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercado da Ribeira, Commerce Square, and Lisbon City Hall. Se and Rossio Square are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Great location - heard a little late night noise but the room is well soundproofed and what I’d expect in the heart of the late night district. Great location for trips to Caiscai and ferries. Room superb, staff v friendly. Just a great time here."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

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Avenida Palace
Avenida Palace
5 out of 5
Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon
The price is AU$345 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
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! (992 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay at Hotel Avenida Palace in July 2021. The old palace is well maintained, with beautiful Belle Époque common areas, from the state rooms to the staircase to the bar and to the lobby. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable, befitting a grand palaceo. Bath products are Molton ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Avenida Palace
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