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With a fairly moderate climate all year long, Lisbon is a great travel destination any time. In summer, the nearby beaches towards Cascais are good for sunbathing and surfing. During fall, the colors turn warmer and the weather cooler, but it is still very enjoyable to take walks up and down the Ribeira das Naus walkway along the Tagus River. This is a pleasant area where to book a hotel too. Lost Lisbon, for example, is a highly rated guesthouse that offers river views for just over $60.
In winter, street vendors selling roasted chestnuts warm up the days of those still venturing out in the often steep cobblestone streets. When spring rolls around, everything starts blooming and the warm weather takes both Lisboetas and visitors out to the streets, where leisurely dinners of freshly grilled fish on charcoal are washed down with a little help of local wine.
More than 500 years ago, great explorers like Vasco da Gama departed from Lisbon in search of new lands across the globe. With that same curious spirit, Lisbon now invites travelers to come get lost in the "City of the Seven Hills".
One may think that staying in the "center of it all" may come at a price. But the truth is that many Lisbon hotel deals are located in the popular neighborhoods of Alfama, Baixa-Chiado, Barrio Alto and Rossio. These are the best places where to base yourself for sightseeing, almost never needing to use public transportation. Lisbon is best explored on foot!
The buildings in this part of the city tend to be old constructions, so you are not likely to find big hotel chains here. Those tend to be concentrated along Avenida da Liberdade and Marques do Pombal. Downtown, there are more hostels, guesthouses and boutique hotels.
Budget hotels for Lisbon accomodation start at as little as $25 for double rooms, but there are many good options offering more than just basic accommodation for around double that amount. Lisbon Story Guesthouse [https://www.hipmunk.com/hotel_book/509bfc7066edc8466100848e], in central Rossio, offers rooms for about $50 per night. Right near the famous Tram 28 that circuits along the main landmarks of Lisbon, this is a perfect base for those wishing to give in to Lisbon's charms.
Hostels in Lisbon are consistently rated as some of the best in the world. As competition is tough, you can expect extraordinary standards that may even surprise some budget travelers. There are many options to choose from and, as most of them do indeed look very attractive, it may be difficult to finally make a choice.
When choosing a hostel in Lisbon, keep in mind the type of atmosphere you are hoping to enjoy. There are smaller hostels, quieter and calmer, and bigger ones too, perfect for those looking to make new friends. Avoid the so-called "party hostels" if that is not the mood you are going for.
PH Lisbon Hostel offers a young and vibrant atmosphere. The colorful rooms get a lot of sunlight during the day. In addition to common indoor areas to promote socializing amongst guests, there is also a large backyard, particularly enjoyable during warmer months. Beds in shared dorm rooms start at around $20 per night, including breakfast. There is also an equipped kitchen in the premises, for those wishing to prepare their own meals.
While Lisbon's charms are indeed plentiful, it is not one of those places where you can make the most of your time planning a "to see" list and ticking items off throughout the day. There may be many historical landmakrs deserving your attention, but where Lisbon really stands out is in the unspoken things, in those little details that you can only absorve when you take your time.
Experiencing Lisbon "like a local," staying in a house or apartment instead of an hotel, is a good way to go about it. Wether it is a room inside a family house or a full private property, Airbnb in Lisbon offers many options. $20 can afford you a private room in a shared house, in the city center. If the classic local feel is what you are after, this room [link to: https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/3764416] in Mouraria, one of the most traditional neighborhoods, is a very good and inexpensive option.
Extending the budget to around $70 a night will open a plethora of beautiful private houses and apartments, like a cozy apartment near Bairro Alto [link to: https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/1085634] or an amazing loft in the heart of the city [link to: https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/336736].
In the historical areas of Lisbon, buildings tend to be more than at least century old. But you are safe to expect renovated properties with modern fittings, contemporary decor and, more often than not, plenty of sunlight too.
With a comprehensive bus and metro system, it'll be easy and affordable to get around Lisbon no matter where you decide to stay. After all, Lisbon is not a very vast city and most lodging options do tend to concentrate downtown.
Like most capital cites in Europe, Lisbon has plenty to keep you entertained at any budget. But no matter what type of traveler you are, there are a few experiences you shouldn't definitely miss out on while in Portugal's capital city. In Lisbon, the cosmopolitan feel blends in perfectly with the local traditions, offering quite specific experiences and aesthetics all over the city.
Walking around the city is the best way to get acquainted with the traditional neighborhoods and the way people live. The cobblestone alleys, colorful houses and friendly locals hanging around will delight photographers. History and architecture are some of the highlights of Lisbon. In the area of Belem, you may admire the Jeronimos Monastery of Manuelino style. This is an architectural style found in Portugal only and inspired by nautical motifs from the voyages of Portuguese explorers around the world. Belem is where some of the most historically significant landmarks of the city are located.
Amongst those landmarks, we can even count the famous Pasteis de Belem. This bakery has been selling the beloved Portuguese custard tarts for almost two hundred years and it is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Although this type of pastry is served all over the city (and the rest of the country), nothing compares to the original which can only be found here. Freshly baked and served warm with sprinkled coaster sugar and cinnamon, no wonder the lines outside the door often make the wait up to one hour!
For all of the above, Belem is a favorite of visitors. No wonder there are several accommodation options on this side of town too. Hotels in Belem tend to be pricier than in the rest of Lisbon, as they are usually higher end properties. Amongst them, you can still find smaller guesthouses like Setubalense [link to: https://www.hipmunk.com/hotel_book/509c001666edc846610346c2], where double rooms start at about $50 per night.
Visiting Lisbon wouldn't be complete without dedicating some time to the sounds of Fado. Literally translating as "fate," this is a traditional Portuguese music style, where themes of longing and sadness prevail. Even if you do not understand the lyrics, the intense emotions of fadistas (that is, fado singers) along with the strumming of Portuguese guitars won't leave you indifferent.
No matter where in the world you come from, Portuguese people will be happy to receive you with arms wide open. They will make a point in giving you tips on things to see and do. And, of course, what to eat, drink and where you should do it. Locals place a lot of importance on cuisine, and as long as you partake in their feasts, you will easily be welcomed as one of them.
Visually charming, full of history and delightful people, Lisbon will captivate you. Book yourself at a comfortable hotel in Lisbon, take the time to wander the streets and soak in the vintage feeling that is all around. Embrace the romance feeling in the air and dream of times that have long gone.
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