An elegant family favourite, Avenidas Novas is defined by its leafy streets, aristocratic art-nouveau palaces, modern apartments and wide avenues, conjuring more an air of capitals like Madrid or Buenos Aires rather than the intimate cobble-stones and steep alleys that characterise much of Lisbon’s hilly historic centre. Predominantly flat and flush with bike lanes, Avenidas Novas is a great option to explore by bike.
One reason why this residential neighbourhood is such a draw for families is the versatility of its location. Both Avenidas Novas and its sister neighbourhood of Barrio Azul run close to the elegant Parque Eduardo VII (Lisbon’s largest lung of green), the atmospheric Amalia Rodrigues park and the art-focused Gulbenkian Gardens.
Stroll south and you’ll find yourself on Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s chic central artery, where soaring trees, mosaiced cobble-stones and international shops lend an air of the Champs Elysée. Yet head East and in just 10 minutes, Lisbon’s bustling business district of Saldanha emerges, where the majority of Lisbon’s big offices and executive hotels are located. Finally, it’s easy accessibility to Lisbon’s major highways means you can be burying your toes in the sand on the beaches of Cascais, Estoril and the Costa Caparica in under half an hour.
Before Lisbon’s recent property boom and the resurrection of her historic centre, Avenidas Novas was regarded as one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the city, and it remains so to this day. Families of all ages love living here thanks to being on the doorstep of concert and event venue Campo Pequeno, as well as Lisbon’s leading cultural institution, the Gulbenkian Museum which buzzes with a dynamic roster of classic and contemporary classical music concerts year-round.
Catering towards the mid-upper level families who have lived here for generations, small independent shops and a wide range of services within walking distance, including health clinics, hospitals and schools, underpin the high quality of life here. Lisbon’s leading department store El Corte Inglés also provides a big draw. Predominantly Portuguese, Avenidas Novas retains an authentic laid-back atmosphere, with a good variety of options available for a variety of budgets.
- Baixa-Chiado - 15 minutes by metro
- Costa da Caparica- 30 minutes by car
- Portela Airport - 15 minutes by car