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Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

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Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

I've read conflicting information on both neighborhoods and now I'm a little confused. I'm looking for the most authentic, least tourist-y part of town in which to rent an apartment for a week. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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1. Re: Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

Both are two of the most tourist areas in Lisbon, perhaps Alfama is a bit more tourist. I had read conflicting information but I stayed four days last December in Lisbon and I hadn’t any problem. Perhaps Alfama is a bit more authentic too. If you choose Barrio Alto, go to Cervejeria Trinidade, good food and good price. Enjoy Lisbon.

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2. Re: Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

Alfama is a better place to live, it has a life of its own. Bairro Alto is a better place to go out at night, full of bars, restaurants, discos and trendy shops. I would choose Alfama.

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3. Re: Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

Or you could stay at Graça. A neighbourhood close to Alfama. It has less tourists, yet it's authentic and more pratical than Alfama in terms of public transportation, parking, shops, and so on.

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4. Re: Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

Avoid Bairro Alto if you want to sleep well! :)

more seriously, Bairro Alto takes you closer to confusion (day and night) than Alfama. If you're looking for a peaceful place to stay i'd advice you Alfama.

Besides, i personally think that Bairro Alto looses some "magic" during the daylight....

both are tourist parts of the town...i don't think one is more than the other...so it seems to me that this should not be the main reason for your decision....

have a nice stay!

5. Re: Bairrio Alto or the Alfama?

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