Living in Lisbon

Where to live in Lisbon

European metropolis where we feel at home

Lisbon, Capital of Portugal: following the trend of other European capitals, living in Lisbon is getting more and more expensive. An average rent in Belgium in 2022 rose by 5.4% and is of the order of 1,154 € [1].

Live in Lisbon
In Lisbon, for a one-bedroom apartment (T1), the rent is around 650 €, on average.
To rent (lease) an apartment with 3 bedrooms, the average price is 1,900 €. To To get an idea of the situation, the average salary in Portugal is around 1,350 €. The salary minimum is 760 €. Learn more: Work in Portugal.

Apartments in the Parish of Avenidas Novas, Lisbon © Google Earth Pro
Apartments in the Parish of Avenidas Novas, Lisbon © Google Earth Pro

Old and traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon - where to live traditional neighborhoods

Modern neighborhoods in Lisbon: modern neighborhoods

Neighborhoods around Lisbon: living in Metropolitan Area of Lisbon.

Live in Greater Lisbon

In Lisbon, as we have seen, for a one-bedroom apartment (T1), the rent is around 650 €, average. This means that the salary must be at least three times this amount (i.e., 1,950 €), to cover all expenses.

To solve this equation, when you don't have at least two salaries, many they share apartments, which implies loss of privacy. The other option is to try find a more affordable address outside the city of Lisbon.

Great Lisbon

To escape the high prices, many choose to live farther from the center or the workplace and choose around Lisbon or in Greater Lisbon (Lisbon Metropolitan Area), where prices for rents (leases) tend to be lower than capital prices.

Lisboa is located in the Municipality of Lisbon, District of Lisbon, in the Lisbon Region (Area Metropolitana de Lisboa), and in the former Province of Estremadura.

District of Lisbon

The District of Lisbon, with 16 municipalities (or councils) and 134 parishes, has an area of 2,761 km² and a population of 2,870,770 inhabitants (INE, 2021). It is the 16th district in the country in surface area. and one of the most populous.

Two more municipalities (or councils) - Azambuja and Vila Franca de Xira - located in Ribatejo.

Municipality of Lisbon

The City of Lisbon, in addition to being the Capital of Portugal and capital of the District of Liboa, is also the capital of the Municipality of Lisbon.

Neighboring municipalities

Options that have been resorted to the most, living in a municipality neighboring the capital seems to be a most economical choice. Among these municipalities, the following stand out:







Lisboa à Noite, Fado e Diversão. © Luuh Alves / Ilustração
Lisbon by Night, Fado and Fun. © Luuh Alves / Illustration

Discover Lisbon

What to see in Lisbon
There are many and varied tourist attractions of this global city, one of the most visited in Europe and which so enchants visitors from all over the world.

What to do in Lisbon
Some activity suggestions for active holiday lovers. More: What to do in Lisbon


In Lisbon, in addition to good restaurants serving international cuisine, visitors will have the opportunity to taste the delights of Portuguese cuisine and gastronomy. There are restaurants in the city that serve the most appetizing specialties. of Portuguese Cuisine.
Learn more: Discover Lisbon's cuisine

Freguesia das Avenidas Novas, Lisboa © Google Earth Pro
Parish of Avenidas Novas, Lisbon © Google Earth Pro

Study in Lisbon

Studying in Lisbon is the right choice to pursue a successful professional career. The University of Lisbon, with more than 25,000 students, is one of the most important in Europe. Learn more: Lisbon to study.

Working in Lisbon

Lisbon to work (or to do business) is also a wise decision for you or your company. In addition to being the largest market for Portugal, offers the best opportunities for qualified professionals or companies looking to expand in the Portuguese market and European. Find out more: Lisbon for work or business

Lisboa e o Rio Tejo, ao fundo. © / Images of Portugal
Lisbon and the Tagus River in the background. © / Images of Portugal

Live in Lisbon

In recent years Lisbon has been attracting more and more people, especially Brazilians, interested to live in the city. This phenomenon tends to increase the prices of rents and houses for sale.
For many, finding an apartment to rent for 500 € it already becomes difficult. Therefore, the option is search in the municipalities of Greater Lisbon, or even beyond this area on the outskirts of the city.

Learn more: Bairros de Lisboa

Outskirts of Lisbon

Make the most of your stay in Lisbon and discover unmissable places around the Portuguese capital. From Fatima to Oeiras, passing through Cascais, Caldas da Rainha or Sintra, there are many destinations from which you will keep memories of good times.
Learn more: Greater Lisbon

[1] Federia, Le Soir, \feb. the 28th, 2023.

Top Cities

Greater Lisbon

In addition to the largest urban agglomeration in the country (Lisbon), Sintra, Cascais, Loures, Almada and Oeiras complete the podium of the Top 5 largest cities in Portugal.

Greater Porto

In the north of the country, in Greater Porto, other important cities are Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Matosinhos, Gondomar and Guimarães.

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Main cities