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Bairro Alto, Lisbon

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#2 of 17 in Neighborhoods in Portugal
Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Explore the bohemian center the city at Bairro Alto, its cultural heart. Roam around the quarter's side streets and shop at its many antique stalls and stores. Meet tourists and locals at one of the area's popular restaurants or bars. Listen to Fado music as it pours onto the cobblestone streets. Wander past graffiti-covered buildings, and experience the energy of one of Lisbon's most lively areas. This working-class neighborhood dates back to the 16th century and is known for attracting artistic people. Work out when and for how long to visit Bairro Alto and other Lisbon attractions using our handy Lisbon vacation trip planner.
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  • Happening place that is good for drinks and food. Not sure I want to stay in the area specifically because it is very noisy and noisy late. It you are looking for a party place then stay there. good s...  more »
  • Me and my friend is the second time we are in the feria Barrio Alto! Cool atmosphere, thousands of people all around the street, plenty of sardinas and good weather. Lovely to be there for couple of h...  more »
  • You can most excitingly access this higher altitude neighborhood by taking the Santa Justa elevator, a 19th century lift designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel. The Elevator lets you out near the Car...  more »

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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