Lisbon Old Town

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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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behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
The price is $95 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
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! (977 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

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Hotel Mundial
Hotel Mundial
4 out of 5
Praça Martim Moniz, 2, Lisbon
The price is $116 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Se and Lisbon Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (957 reviews)
"Great breakfast included"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

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Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
The price is $116 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps from Figueira Square, Rossio Square, and Santa Justa Elevator. Se and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (979 reviews)
"Conveniently located, the staff was very professional and anticipated any issues during the stay. Welcoming and pleasant stay overall !"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

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Hotel Borges Chiado
Hotel Borges Chiado
3 out of 5
Rua Garrett, 108-110, Lisbon
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The price is $100 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Chiado, this hotel is steps from Fernando Pessoa Statue and Carmo Convent. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Chiado ...
3.8/5Good! (370 reviews)
"Nice room and very centrally located. This means access is very convenient to lots of things but at night it's noisy until late hours."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

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Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
5 out of 5
Largo do Corpo Santo, 25, Lisbon
The price is $268 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 13
Located in Chiado, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercado da Ribeira, Commerce Square, and Santa Justa Elevator. Rossio Square and Lisbon Cathedral ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (587 reviews)
"Very good service"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

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Lisboa Pessoa Hotel
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, 8, Lisbon
The price is $234 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 13
Located in Chiado, this spa hotel is steps from Carmo Convent and Santa Justa Elevator. Rossio Square and Lisbon City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Largo ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (609 reviews)
"Great view from the roof top bar."

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

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