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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 21, 2016


About traveling alone in Lisbon

Hello everybody, My name is Erik and Im 26 years old.Havent been traveling in 3 years since I startet to get anxiety attacks, so now I finally want to get out there and Lisbon seems like a great city to just wander around in, getting lost. But I do have some question, how safe is the city? Also, anyone know a good and also cheap hotel which is quite close to the night activities? I do want to try out the night life, maybe not just clubbing but wandering around small bares and soak in the culture? Im thinking of staying there 4 days, late this month or next, what shall I not miss? I would love walking around from castles, vinylshops, bars, restaurangs and things like that.

Best wishes Erik.

10 Answers

answered on 6/21/16 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Hi' Erik.

It's good that you prefer to wander around the small bars, as this is a lot easier to come by in Lisbon than the clubs who are often not as centrally located.
The place to be at night for small bars is the area calles Bairro Alto.
This is one of the two old parts of the city and it is right in the center of Lisbon. You have a lively bar scene there 7 mights a week.

And Lisbon as a whole is a safe city, also at night.
Because the bar scene is as lively as it is, you will most likely get some drug offers from the local pushers, but that is usually the only hassle you have to deal with.
I have been going our on a regular basis in Lisbon since 1999 and i have never been mugged or attacked in any way.
Last time I went out in Lisbon was 4 nights ago.

answered on 6/21/16 by
a VT member

Thanks for the quick answer! Been to India two months, so drug offers shouldnt be a problem to decline really. Are there any more culture things going on in night time? Like local music or anything like that?
Are there any good part of town with good hotels close to Bairro Alto? Yeah, clublife aint really my cup of tea and rather just wander around, pubcrawling on my own!
You have anymore tips to do there?

answered on 6/21/16 by
a VT member from Hamilton

cachaseiro visited the place we stayed, private room in a nice hostel, nicer rooms were available we just liked the lower cost option of shared bathroom. The girls that ran the place were super nice, the breakfast was good, the location was perfect, walking distance but not right on the party district. Grapes and Bites hostel. above a restaurant we did not eat at but seemed pretty popular.

answered on 6/22/16 by
a VT member from Rio de Janeiro

Please, do not forget to eat "Pasteis de Belem"...

answered on 6/22/16 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

Good choice. Lisbon is a great walking city and compare to many places of rhis size, the city is pretty safe at all hours generally pickpocket problem would be the main one annoyance you might have to contend with which occur generally in crowded public transport. Observe caution and stay alert at all times should be your unmitigated mantra. Bars you'd find no problem in this great city. As mentioned by Claus earlier, the swinging Bairro Alto neighborhood has the largest and hippest of all but on the one hand also a tad pricey and touristy. Cais do Sodre, down by the river front is also packed with bars, as well as around Principe Real up close to Bairro Alto.

As for reasonably priced accommodation try inquiring at:
- Pensao Residencial Florescent
-Pensao Portuense
-Pensao Alcobia
-Pensao Galicia

All the above in and around the Baixa downtown area which is most centrally located thus very convenient for all purposes. Have fun in Lisbon.

answered on 6/22/16 by
a VT member from Porto Recanati

I had a good time in Pensao Portuense in April, they are central and also cheap. This is the link

answered on 6/23/16 by
a VT member

A guy I know was robbed by a prostitute, so be careful if you go to the red light district.

answered on 6/23/16 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Just don't stop and talk to prostitutes who approach you.
It's the same show everywhere in the world and the same fools who constantly get robbed by prostitutes.
The red light area with open prostitution is mainly around the area called Cais de Sodre by the way.

answered on 6/23/16 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

I would think you're coming to Lisbon not for those very reasons, the seedy aspect of travelling...or you'd come hopefully even more knowledgeable and well prepared. Just flatly say NO if when approach which in most cases anyhow it would be the other way around. Use common sense and as advised earlier stay alert instead of having too much alcohol or whatever lose your sense.

answered on 6/28/16 by
a VT member

Thanks everyone but I do not really have a problem with restraining myself, quite the opposite, were I often have problem to relax(panic attacks) but thank you for the advice!

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