After decades of notoriety only for being home to Lisbon’s port, the Alcântara neighborhood has undergone a recent renovation that is attracting digital nomads and artists alike. Home to the first coworking space in Portugal, a factory complex turned into hipster mecca, and an active after-hours scene means Alcântara meets all your needs.
Serviced by one metro station, Alcantara-Terra (red line), and one train line, Alcantara-Mar (the Cascais line that takes you to the beach town by the same name and to the heart of Lisbon), means that being nearly four kilometers from the center of Lisbon isn't a problem. Also, the 18 Tram and the 760, 738, and 742 buses all pass through the heart of Alcântara.
Highlights: To see
- Ponte 25 de Abril: Admire the impressive expanse of the 2.2 kilometer-long, suspension bridge that connects Lisbon with Pragal
- Street Art: Wander the streets in search of some stunning wall murals by the likes of the famous Portuguese street artist Vhils and many of his contemporaries
Highlights: To experience
- LX Factory: Relish in the hipster mix of boutique shops, niche cafes, and alternative spaces that reside in this former factory complex
- Clubs: Dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs along the river - Alcântara-Mar is the place to be seen on a Saturday night, but also loved for its theme nights; or if you prefer something more intimate visit Microclub, possibly the smallest club in town, but with a big love for electronic music
- Carris Museum: Release your inner transport nerd at this museum solely dedicated the history of public transportation in Portugal
- Docas de Santo Amaro: Drink or dine amongst these former warehouses transformed into restaurants and cafés next to the Tagus River.