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Lisbon Old Town
Lisbon District

Lisbon featuring heritage architecture and a city 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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Esqina Urban Lodge
Esqina Urban Lodge
4 out of 5
Rua dos Sapateiros 92, Lisbon
The price is £57 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator, Rossio Square and Carmo Convent. Se and Commerce Square are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (411 reviews)
"The recption staff are super kind and helpful. The hOtel has been fully renewed latelly, so everything looks new. Location could not be better, just in the center of "Baixa""

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Esqina Urban Lodge
Memmo Alfama
Memmo Alfama
4 out of 5
Travessa das Merceeiras, 27 - Alfama, Lisbon
The price is £115 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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! (772 reviews)
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"The location is wonderful, the service great and the hotel Is completely updated. Great job! The hotel offered a walking tour (wonderful guide) and booked our night for a Fado. Unfortunately our duvet cover had 2 little holes and the pool mattresses were never put on the lounge chairs during our ..."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Memmo Alfama
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
The price is £92 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
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! (995 reviews)
"We had such a lovely stay at Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa. The staff were very friendly and made us feel so welcome. The hotel is in a very central location and we were able to walk everywhere. Our room was very spacious, modern and incredibly comfortable."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
Avenida Palace
Avenida Palace
5 out of 5
Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon
The price is £171 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
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)
"They went over and beyond to make us feel welcome, safe and pampered. Definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Avenida Palace
Be Poet Baixa Hotel
Be Poet Baixa Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Augusta, 220, Lisbon, Lisboa
The price is £66 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Se and Lisbon Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (315 reviews)
"Perfect location. Property was clean and well-kept. Staff was wonderful."

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Be Poet Baixa Hotel
Bairro Alto Hotel
Bairro Alto Hotel
5 out of 5
Praca Luis De Camoes 2, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is £253 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Located in Chiado, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Camoes Square, Rossio Square, and Santa Justa Elevator. Mercado da Ribeira and Carmo Convent ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (368 reviews)
"This is a very good high quality hotel and we would stay there again."

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

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