Living in Lisbon... a city of choice!

Vivier in Lisbon, Portugal
Live in Lisbon, a European city full of color and opportunities

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, a country nestled between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, which is where you will find one of the world?s oldest cities and western Europe?s most ancient, yet modern city, Lisbon (Lisboa). Lisbon sits along the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula at the mouth of the Tagus River. Lisbon can be described as a world city that has an important role in commerce, finance, education, the arts, entertainment, tourism, media, and international trade. Due to its location, Lisbon?s seaport plays an essential role in Portugal?s economy. The city is also the hubbub of transportation throughout the city, the country, and the world. The Lisbon Portela Airport is an international airport providing a steady flow of flights to a number of European countries. In addition, the city has an extensive subway system that continues to grow to meet the needs of the city and its surrounding areas. Buses, trams, and funiculars can be found throughout the city as well. Today, Lisbon is not only the capital city of Portugal, but also its largest city. The city is divided into neighborhoods each defined by its own historical theme. The larger urban area is called the Greater Lisbon area and includes surrounding cities and municipalities such as Oerias, Loures, Queluz, Barreiro, and Amadora. The westernmost edge of the city is home to the Monsanto Forest Park. Lisbon is a charming place that has gained popularity recently with many people discovering that Lisbon is a great place to live, work and play.

Preferred places to live in Lisbon and Cascais

The most prime locations to live in Greater Lisbon are some neighborhoods and streets near the city center ; Parque das Nações , a modern district of Lisbon , born after World exhibition of 1998 ; coastal zone from Carcavelos , Parede, Cascais and Estoril , where we can find the area of luxury villas ; and the town of Sintra , a place full of history cataloged as UNESCO heritage

Lisbon metropolitan map

Lisbon Map of Subway
Lisbon subway map

For those who visits and dwell in the city of Lisbon the is an excellent transport network available. The Metropolitan is constantly growing and already reached the entire city...

Why live in Lisbon?

There are many appealing reasons to live in Lisbon.

1. Climate: The weather in Lisbon is very pleasant all year round

Lisbon is a city with temperate climate
Lisbon is a city with temperate climate

The weather in Lisbon is very pleasant all year round. Portugal is located in the Mediterranean climate zone which translates to mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The typical winter season runs from December to February with average daytime temperatures in the high fifties and low sixties. Winter nights are generally in the mid to high forties. The typical summer season runs from May to October with average daytime temperatures in the seventies and eighties. Summer nights are quite refreshing with temperatures fluctuating between the fifties and sixties. March, April and November are transitional months with average temperatures in the fifties and sixties.

2 - Opportunities for Real Estate Investment

investment opportunity in Portugal
There are still some investment opportunities in Portugal

There are many opportunities for people to invest in real estate in the Lisbon area. Many homes and buildings have become neglected over the years and are in need of repair. These homes and buildings can be purchased and renovated for close to nothing. Investors have an opportunity to turn these real estate opportunities into a business opportunity by renting or selling newly renovated homes and buildings, or keep it as a family home.

3 - Business Opportunities and Tax Benefits

Lagoas Park Business Center in Lisbon - Portugal

Lisbon is a major testing ground for new technology and products. It is also a popular place for research development. Creating and establishing businesses is quick and easy in Lisbon. Another plus is the low cost of doing business and paying taxes.

4 - Growing economy

Lisbon is a major economic center with a solid economy. The Lisbon stock exchange, Euronext, is linked to the New York Stock Exchange as well as to the pan-European Euronext exchange creating a multinational NYSE Euronext stock exchange. Due to its location off the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon also has one of the largest and most essential seaports on the European continent creating major industries in fishing, shipyards and trade. Other major industries include textiles, oil and communication. There is huge mass media presence in Lisbon including major television and radio networks as well as major newspapers. Lisbon's ideal location, beautiful weather and unique history attract people from all over the world creating a huge market for tourism.

5 - Education and Quality Teaching

Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon
Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon

Lisbon has a good education system. There are a number of public and private schools available. In addition, there are several international schools including Saint Dominic's International School, the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon and the Saint Julian's School. Lisbon is also the home of the largest university in Portugal, the University of Lisbon as well as the New University of Lisbon, which was founded in 1973. In addition, there is also the Polytechnical Institute of Lisbon and the University Institute of Lisbon. There are a variety of private universities including the Lusiada University, the Portuguese Catholic University, the Autonomous University of Lisbon, and the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies.

6 - Best Quality of Life in Lisbon

quality of life in Portugal
Portugal allows live a higher quality of life to the European average, due to the climate and security conditions

In 2011, the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey recognized Lisbon as one of the top cities in the world to have the best quality of life. In 2010, Lisbon earned the ?Best Destination 2010? award by the European Consumer's Choice Award.

7 - Leisure/Hospitality Factor -The Portuguese is an extremely friendly people

O Lisbon is a population of people who value family and friends. They extend these values through their friendly and courteous services. The pace is also relaxed allowing time for leisure activities which are plentiful in Lisbon and its surrounding areas. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy golfing, shopping and dining. Lisbon also has numerous beaches to enjoy swimming, skiing, sailing, and fishing.

Lisbon is a great place to live
Lisbon is a great place to live (photo of the gardens of Praça do Império, Mosteiro dos Gerónimos)

There are a variety of appealing reasons why Lisbon is a great place to live; but when one digs deeper one will find a gem- a unique, stunning city with a long history and rich culture embedded in every corner that makes it the best place to live. With a distinctive mixture of Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic, Modern and Postmodern architecture, the city is decorated with buildings, monuments, squares, gardens and streets representing centuries of life. Starting with the heart of Lisbon, each neighborhood is bound together with its own unique design while intertwined with each other to form the charming city of Lisbon.

Lisbon is a city of traditional , full of local history, tradition and culture ...

Baixa - Lisbon downtown

Arco da Rua Augusta, downtown Lisbon
Arco da Rua Augusta, downtown Lisbon

In the heart of Lisbon lies the sophisticated neighborhood of Baxia (Pombaline Lower Town). Baxia is the downtown area lined with an assortment of restaurants, stores and hotels with plenty of hustle and bustle. The Rossio Square and the Praca da Figueira (Square of the Fig Tree) are two popular squares. The Rossio Square dates back to the Middle Ages. It was a popular place for executions, bullfights, celebrations and revolts. Today, the square is a popular place for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy the shops and cafes some which date back to the 18th century. The Praca da Figueira Square is an open area surrounded by traditional buildings that house a number of restaurants, hotels, and stores. A statue of King John I stands tall in one corner. The Praca da Figueira is a major traffic spot with both bus and metro services available. Click on this link to view an article about downtown Lisbon

Meet Lisbon strolling traditional electric

In this video below created by Turismo de Lisboa, you can travel by Lisbon and meet the oldest parts of the city. A traditional electric allows you to observe the architectural and historical features of the city. Along the way this trip goes from Martim Moniz up to Campo de Ourique

28 tram ride Video

Map of the line 28 and 12 of the Electricity Lisbon

Map of the electric bus 28 in Lisbon
The 28 eletríco will walk the road from Campo de Ourique to Martin Moniz, passing by the Estrela stops, São Bento, Praça do Comércio, Alfama and Graça

Chiado

The Chiado is a neighborhood full of life with a lot of Commerce in Lisbon
The Chiado is a neighborhood full of life with a lot of Commerce in Lisbon

To the west is the neighborhood of Chiado, which is located between Baxia Pombalina and Bairro Alto. Chiado is an attractive neighborhood adorned with a mix of old and new architecture and culture. It is known as a popular shopping center where one can find a variety of merchandise from books and clothing to pottery. There are also cafes dotted along the way. The Cafe A Brasileira is one of the oldest and most famous cafes in Lisbon. The Baxio-Chiado Metro stop is located near the café to make travel convenient. Besides shopping and dining, Chiado is also a popular place for residents and tourists to visit the Chiado Museum, the mediaeval Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo) and the National Theater of Saint Charles. (Teatro São Carlos)

Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto is a neighborhood originally from workers, atulmente with lots of bars and restaurants offer
Bairro Alto is a neighborhood originally from workers, atulmente with lots of bars and restaurants offer

To the northwest of Chiado lies the quiet working class neighborhood of Bairro Alto. This neighborhood is primarily a residential area made up of several main streets: Rua da Rosa, Ruo do Diario de Noticias, Rua da Atalaia, and Rua do Norte. The streets are easily navigated and lead to the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, which is a beautiful garden terrace that overlooks the city. The streets are filled with a wide range of interesting shops. Bairro Alto is known for its night life where entertainment can be found at every turn. It has a variety of clubs and bars that cater to all genres of music: Punk, Metal, Goth, Hip Hop, and Reggae can be heard filling the air.

Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue)

Avenida da Liberdade is the Avenue is an avenue, one of the most expensive boulevards of the world
Avenida da Liberdade is the Avenue is an avenue with the main luxury brands, one of the most expensive boulevards of the world

Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) is situated above Baxia is one of the most expensive avenues in the world-. This avenue stretches over 3600 feet connecting the Restauradores Square to the Marquis of Pombal Square. The avenue is decorated with luscious gardens, historic monuments and statutes and beautiful Portuguese architecture ranging between the 19th and 21st centuries. The Avenida da Liberdade is also a major tourist attraction with its many hotels, theaters and expensive, name brand stores. Due to its large size and popularity, there are three metro stations along the avenue. On the northern side is the Marques de Pombal station, on the southern side is the Restauradores station, and the Avenida Station is at the halfway mark. The Praca do Marques de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square) is an important roundabout located on the northwestern side of Avenida da Liberdade. It is the connecting point to a number of major avenues and streets including Liberdade, Fontes Pereina de Melo and Duque de Loule. The Restauradores Square is located on the southeastern side of Avenida da Liberdade directly above the Rossio Square and Baxia. The Square is encompassed by a variety of impressive buildings with architectural designs of the 19th and 20th century. In the center of the square, the Monument to the Restorers stands tall. The obelisk holds the names and dates of the battles fought during the Portuguese Restoration War of 1640.

Campo Grande

Campo Grande is a peripheral area to the city centre, where are located many universities and business centres
Campo Grande is a peripheral area to the city centre, where are located many universities and business centres

Campo Grande is situated in the northern region of the Lisbon Greater Metropolitan Area. It is the home of a number of educational institutes including the University of Lisbon and the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies. Campo Grande is also a focal point of sports entertainment with the popular Estadio Jose Alvalade football stadium, and the prominent Sporting Clube de Portugal also known as Sporting Portugal or Sporting Lisbon.

Parque das Nações (Park of Nations)

Parque das Nações is a new neighbourhood in Lisbon
Parque das Nações is a new district in Lisbon. It was completely rebuilt for the Expo98

In the northeastern region of Lisbon lies Parque das Nacoes (Park of Nations), the newest district. Parque das Nacoes is probably best known for the 1998 World Fair. This modern day district has striking, contemporary architecture which is a far cry from the traditional and historical architecture found throughout the rest of Lisbon. The area is divided into residential and commercial sections with a focus on tourism. The Gare do Orient (Lisbon Orient Station) is a huge transportation center that houses stations for the metro, buses and trains. The Orient Station also has a police station and a shopping center. Both residents and tourists use the Orient Station to travel the area and take advantage of the many attractions the district has to offer. Parque das Nacoes is a major entertainment hubbub as well. The area has a variety of restaurants, stores and theaters for people to enjoy. It is also the location of the popular Lisbon Oceanarium and the MEO arena, which hosts concerts and sports events.

Estrela

Star is a traditional neighborhood of Lisbon
Star is a traditional Lisbon neighborhood inhabited by many important personalities

Presently, Estrela is a parish located on the westward side of Lisbon. Estrela is a combination of several former parishes including Lapa, which is located south of Estrela. Lapa is the focal point of government business. It is the official home of Portugal's prime minister and the location of the Assembly of the Republic (parliament). In addition, Lapa hosts a large number of embassies including Austria, Bulgaria, Luxemburg, Romania, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Indonesia, China, the United Kingdom, and Canada. There are a couple of noteworthy attractions in the area. The primary attraction is the Estrela Basilica, which is an extravagant church with an enormous dome and two bell towers. Another major attraction is the Sao Bento Palace located in Lapa. It is currently the meeting place for the Portuguese parliament.

Oeiras

View of the marina at Oeiras
Oeiras, located halfway between Lisbon and Cascais, is a quiet place to live, yet close to the city

Oeiras is located on the far western edge of the metropolitan area of Lisbon. It is surrounded by Queluz North, Cascais on the West and Lisbon to the East. Is one of the many municipalities of Lisbon. Oeiras has a population of more than 170,000 people. The economy in Oeiras is centered around technology and industry, with a number of television networks such as SIC and TVI. There are a variety of multinational companies located in Oeiras. Some of these well known companies include Nestle, Cisco, Nokia, Samsung, General Electric and Hewlett-Packard. Oeiras is also the buzz for the development of research, science and technology, and a variety of business parks. In addition, there are a number of public and security institutes located in Oeiras. Some include the National Agronomy station, the command post of the NATO and the Nautical School Infante d. Henrique (Prince Henry Nautical School).

Cascais

view of the Bay of Cascais
Cascais is a great city by the sea, with a relaxed atmosphere

Along the western coast is the municipality of Cascais. Is a small and charming town composed of about 35,000 people. Cascais is a popular vacation spot for locals and tourists. The city is surrounded by beautiful beaches, where people can enjoy swimming, surfing, windsurfing and sailing. Cascais is also a popular golf course, with more than a dozen golf courses available. In addition, Cascais hosts events of tennis and motorcycles. With tourism as its main focus, Cascais is a great place to work and play.

Sintra

Sintra,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sintra, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The municipality of Sintra is situated north of Cascais. Sintra has an exquisite landscape with the Serra de Sintra as the focal point. As in Cascais, Sintra is a great tourist destination attracting large numbers of tourists every year. So it makes sense that the economy revolves around Sintra tourism and commerce. There are many attractions for people to see, including magnificent landmarks the centuries 8 and 9, including castles, estates, and buildings. Other popular attractions include the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park located in the Serra de Sintra and Sintra Natural History Museum. To navigate through the city, there is a system of train and tram in Sintra.

Lisbon is the place where you will be happy.

Lisbon is a modern city that pays homage to its long and rich history, through the architecture, statues, monuments and landmarks. The scenery is breathtaking and life has an environment is friendly and welcoming. With a pleasant climate, Lisbon is the ideal place to enjoy numerous recreational activities. The excellent location of the town and business facility provides unlimited opportunities in areas such as real estate investment and tourism. For these and other reasons, Lisbon is considered one of the best places to live.

Learn about the various areas of Lisbon
Life in several neighbourhoods, visit and live