Lisbon is a wonderful city to visit. From the narrow, winding streets of the Alfama district to the chic elegance of Chiado. At night, it’s all about watching the sun set over the city from the Castelo do São Jorge before heading to the Bairro Alto to dine, drink and dance the night away.
For those looking to make Lisbon their home, the city has plenty to offer.
It has a lively cultural offering, excellent retail scene, thriving business
community, plenty of pretty little parks and beautiful beaches within easy
reach. As with every capital city, Lisbon has plenty of variety when it comes
to areas in which to live. The area you choose will depend on your individual circumstances and what’s important to you – whether that’s beach access, good schools, proximity to the business district or a number of other factors. Here are three fabulous Lisbon locations to get you thinking.
Lisbon is a wonderful city to visit. From the narrow, winding streets of
the Alfama district to the chic elegance of Chiado. At night, it’s all about
watching the sun set over the city from the Castelo do São Jorge before heading to the Bairro Alto to dine, drink and dance the night away.
The most popular holiday spot on the Lisbon coastline, Cascais offers
beautiful, sandy beaches, a bustling marina and plenty of shops, bars and
restaurants. It’s a lively seaside resort town in its own right, as well as
being just half an hour from central Lisbon on the train.
Neighbouring Estoril (a town in the Cascais municipality) is also worthy of
consideration when it comes to buying a home in and around Lisbon. Famed for inspiring many elements of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Estoril and its huge casino provide a wonderfully luxurious coastal setting within easy reach of Lisbon.
Cascais and Estoril are far from cheap when it comes to property. In fact,
this is one of the most expensive areas of the city. However, if your budget
won’t quite stretch this far, Lisbon still has plenty to offer.
If you like grand architecture and opulent settings, Sintra could be the
perfect choice. At the foot of the Serra de Sintra, this quaint town has an air of peace and elegance about it. Poet Laureate Robert Southey called it, “the most blessed spot in the habitable globe,” while Lord Byron referred to Sintra as “the most beautiful [village], perhaps in the world.”
Mansions, palaces and castles abound in this refined and history-steeped
town, which is about 40 minutes from central Lisbon by train. Sintra is also
home to some superb restaurants, making this a great choice for those who want
a variety of dining and entertainment options on their doorstep.
Lisbon is home to an amazing array of properties. However, if you prefer
somewhere a little further out, but still within easy reach of the capital,
it’s worth checking out Ericeira. Celebrated for its magnificent beaches,
Ericeira is a superb surfing spot that anyone who loves the outdoor lifestylecan’t help but be charmed by. The fishing town offers a relaxed daytime atmosphere and lively nightlife, along with some outstanding seafood restaurants.
Property-wise, Ericeira is the perfect location for those looking for a
traditional fisherman’s cottage, for a taste of the true Portuguese lifestyle.
Of course, there are also plenty of grander residences on offer for those
looking for something a little more luxurious.