Lisbon Neighborhoods & Districts
Lisbon is divided into several clearly distinguishable neighbourhoods. To get to know the city, some time must be dedicated to each one.
The most important neighbourhoods are Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama and Belém. Each of these five neighbourhoods has its own unique spirit.
In addition to the traditional neighbourhoods, there are two areas in Lisbon that are more modern: Marquess of Pombal Square (Praça do Marquês de Pombal) and its surroundings, and the area of Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações,) which was built for the World Expo 98 in Lisbon.
- Baixa is the most central neighbourhood in Lisbon, and is where most of the shops and entertainment can be found.
- Chiado and Bairro Alto represent the most bohemian and alternative side of Lisbon. Some people describe the Chiado as Lisbon’s Montmartre.
- Alfama is one of the most traditional neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Its narrow streets were home to fishermen for many years.
- Belém is home to many of Lisbon’s most important monuments - visiting them is at the top of any sightseer’s list.
- Parque das Nações is an area that was created for the 1998 World Expo. It's a modern, vibrant area, with many open spaces.