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Mei & Kerstin
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Lisbon, Sintra

1 week in Lisbon in October: where to stay?

Hi everyone!

We're going to spend one week in Lisbon in the end of October. It'll be our first time in this city and we'd like to our take time to explore it mostly by walking around, without stress nor overplanning our trip. :) In which area should we stay? Or which authentic (4 stars) hotels would you suggest (maximum around 100€/night)? We're not quite into shopping nor clubbing, but more the museums and cultural type of couple ;) We've also planned to explore Sinta: how do we get there from Lisbon? And how long should we stay in Sintra: should we spend a night there or would one day be enough? How about Belém? Is it better to book our hotel in Belém or in Lisbon? Are there other must-see places around Lisbon that we should visit considering that it'll be our first time in town? 

Thanks a lot for your recommendations and help!

Cheers,

Mei & Kerstin


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answered by
Kemkem from Malaga

We stayed at this studio flat in the Baixa district and it was fantastic. We paid less than 100$/night and it is right in the middle of everything, yet not loud. Perfect for a couple. Easy to get to. The metro stop is Baixa-Chiado. When you come out of the station, look straight ahead to the end of the street. You see this huge colorful poster...l mean huge, just walk to the end and turn left and the building is just a few doors in the same side as the poster. It's walkable to the train station, about 10 minutes walk and Sintra train leaves at least 2-3 times per hour. We tried to visit Sintra and it was a disaster as we went in the thick of summer. Go early is all l can say, but hopefully end of October should be much cooler. Here is the listing, Lisbon was a lot of fun and quite beautiful city.  

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3634842


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answered by
Manuel from Lisbon, Portugal

Hello Mei & Kerstin,

If your plan is to walk arround (and that is definetly the best plan!), then you should stay in an hotel at the city center.

In my opinion the best neighbourhoods to stay are ChiadoPombaline Baixa and Bairro Alto. From any of these areas you can discover all the Lisbon city center by walking, go to all the interesting sites, restaurants and bars.

If you want to be a little bit further away from the touristic center, I would recommend you to stay in Principe Real, which is an area with a lot of locals and nice spots, but still in walking distance to the center.

Don't stay in Belém. You can take a tram, bus or taxi there, and spend one day walking arround that area. But it's better to stay in the center where you have more things to see.

As for Sintra, it is also enough to go and spend a full day there. It is 40 minutes away from Lisbon by train. But of course if you feel like changing atsmophere you can also book a hotel in Sintra to relax there for a couple of days.

As for hotel recommendations, one good option could be the Vincci Baixa Hotel Lisbon wich is 4 stars, and usually you can get prices arround 100€.

If you want some more info on Lisbon areas and some hotel or hostel recommendations you can check this page on my blog which has some good insights: http://www.allaboutlisbon.com/where-to-sleep-in-lisbon/

Enjoy your trip to Lisbon!


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  1. Chiado (neighborhood)
  2. Pombaline Baixa (attraction)
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  4. Principe Real (attraction)
  5. Vincci Baixa Hotel Lisbon (hotel)
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answered first by
claus

I would suggest that you book your hotel either in Bairro Alto Alfama or Baixa. These are in the very center of the city, where you have a good restaurant and cafe scene with nice original places. I would not book in Belém myself. It's a very interesting place to visit during the day, but at night it's quite limited when it comes to restaurants and other places to go.

Going to Sintra you should take the train from Rossio Railway Station in central Lisbon. This is where all the trains to Sintar leaves from. And I would personally not stay overnight in Sintra.


Most museums in Lisbon are located along the river and Lisbon is a really good museum town. And on top of that you have the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian which is one of the best art museums in the world.


Have a fantastic stay in Lisbon.


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  1. Bairro Alto (neighborhood)
  2. Alfama (attraction)
  3. Baixa (neighborhood)
  4. Belém (attraction)
  5. Sintra (attraction)
  6. Rossio Railway Station (attraction)
  7. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (attraction)
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