BUYING PROPERTY IN PORTUGAL

Lisbon is the capital and largest City of Portugal, with a population of around 2.8 million people, being the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union. 
 
It is mainland Europe's westernmost Capital City and the only one along the Atlantic Coast lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. 
 
Lisbon has become an increasingly popular place to visit in recent years, with a warm Mediterranean climate where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees, full of bleached white limestone buildings and intimate alleyways, Lisbon's mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture makes it the perfect place to reside. It is a city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement. Old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation making Lisbon ageless with traditions which is why this city is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors. 
 
The historic centre includes the districts of Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama and the Avenida da Liberdade. These areas are popular with tourists with a vast selection of restaurants, bars and shops, and are close to many of Lisbon’s main tourist attractions. Avenida da Liberdade is also within walking distance of the vibrant nightlife of Bairro Alto or Cais do Sodré districts, but far enough away from the late-night noise from the more lively part of the town. 
 
Alfama is an ancient and characterful district with a wide selection of characterful apartments hidden within the warren of alleys and side streets but there are many steep hills to climb which is draining and not suitable if you are less mobile. Martim Moniz and the Avenida Almirante Reis are not particularly suited to families but has a young student vibe about it. The Parque das Nações district is the Business district offering a more dynamic cosmopolitan way of life. 
 
The Estrela or Principe Real regions are prosperous and affluent neighbourhoods with classical houses, leafy streets and cafes filled with Portuguese residents. This makes these area’s traditionally appealing as they are more remote from the tourist buzz and will involve significantly more walking. 
 
Another alternative region is Graça which is characterful working-class Portuguese district. 
 
Lisbon is similar to all major cities where there are prosperous areas and deprived areas. Whilst a diverse, culturally rich and urban gritty district may appeal to some residents, other styles of a calm traditional residence will suit others. This city is stunning, bustling and exciting but also has suburb area’s that should be considered where access to the River Tagus, local beaches, and the beautiful Serra De Sintra mountain ranges overlook the City encompassing it’s beauty.
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