Estrela – Away from the Tourists
Want to escape from the mass tourism in the city centre of Lisbon? The we advise you to go to the Estrela neighbourhood. This district is a spacious area with lots of green and not yet discovered by the tourists. There are not as many attractions as in the city centre of Lisbon, but for rest and relaxation this district is definitely a must to go.
Ideal with childrenBecause this neighbourhood is located just outside the centre, the prices of a hotel or an AirBnB are still reasonable. Another plus is the fact that Estrela doesn’t have a lot of hills, so you can easily get anywhere on foot. Especially if you are traveling with children and you are sporting a buggy or baby carrier, then you will notice that this neighbourhood is particularly suitable.
We travel with our three year old daughter. We quickly noticed that Alfama or Bairro Alto are very nice to visit, but if you go back to your hotel (with a tired toddler) every night, it’s nice that you don’t have to walk up hill. In all these cases, Estrela shows itself to be a great alternative.
Estrela: on the route of tram 28Despite the fact that the final stop of Elétrico 28 is in front of the main entrance of the Basílica da Estrela, not many tourists stay until the end. And that’s a shame, because if you do get off, you’ll have a few interesting sights in Lisbon within 10 minutes.
How do you get to Estrela?There are no subways to Estrella, but both the bus and Eléctrico 28 take you to the stop Basílica da Estrela. A visit to this district can also be done on foot. Within 30 minutes you can walk from the Chiado to Estrela. Keep in mind that you’ll be walking up and down during the trip. If you’re not an experienced walker, it can be quite tough.
Places of interest in Estrela
Basílica da Estrela
If you look at the Lisbon skyline, the 2 domes and the tower of Basílica da Estrela stand out. For me, this church is one of the most striking sights.
Jardim da Estrela
After (or before) your visit to Basílica da Estrela you can relax in Jardim da Estrela. This city garden has much to offer for young and old to escape from the busy city centre.
AccommodationLisbon Budget Inn: The low budget hotel is a 5-minute walk from Jardim da Estrela. There is a communal kitchen and a communal outdoor area. You can walk to the Bairro Alto in less than 20 minutes. For 38 GBP you have a small room with bunk beds and ensuite bathroom.
Hotel da Estrela: is located in the stylish Condes de Paraty Palace. The double rooms have a private bathroom and prices include breakfast. Marquês de Pombal is a 30-minute walk away. An overnight stay for 2 persons costs 122 GBP.
Estrela Penthouse: The air-conditioned apartment consists of 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dining area and 2 bathrooms with a bath. The apartment has a terrace with stunning views over Lisbon. Within 20 minutes you are in the Chiado. The apartment can accommodate up to 6 people. An overnight stay with four people costs 140 GBP.