Santos is Lisbon’s favourite party neighbourhood among young people. It is also where IADE (Lisbon’s institute of Visual Arts, Marketing and Desing) is based so it’s a great neighbourhood for design students. Creative, quirky, lively and fun-loving, the Santos neighbourhood has a great atmosphere during the day and really comes alive at night. We’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Santos is the neighbourhood in Lisbon for dancers and designers.
Santos: a historical neighbourhood like no other
Santos is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisbon: after all, it’s full name is Santos-O-Velho, meaning “Santos, the old”. Santos’s palaces and old churches have centuries but are very well maintained, and so are the old, narrow streets that criss-cross this part of town. Because of all this historcial importance, no place in the city would be better than this to set up the Museu de Art Antiga (our Museum of Ancient Art), one of the best curated historical museums in Lisbon.
Santos comes alive by night
During the day, many of the smaller streets of Santos may seem slow and sleep. During the night, a lot of the neighbourhood comes alive. This is Lisbon’s favourite party neighbourhood for late teenagers and young adults, a place where you can enjoy beers on the sidewalk or a few of the city’s wildest nightclubs, like Urban Klub – known simply as Urban.
Getting around Santos
To reach Santos you can take a tram, a train or a bus. There isn’t any metro to this neighbourhood, but the Cais do Sodré station is within easy walking distance. The train station is on the riverside Cascais-to-Cais do Sodré line: it’s the first stop when you’re travelling towards Cascais. Tram lines to get to Santos are 15E and 18E. Several buses service the area.
Santos rental rates
Living in Santos isn’t always cheap: the rental rates have a considerable range. The truth is: in terms of student accommodation in Santos, what you buy is what you get. So you can get a small room in an old apartment for something around €250, but to rent a good place in a refurbished apartment will be more expensive – somewhere around €350 to €500. 2-bedroom apartments in Santos are always a little over €650.
Fact sheet: Santos
One place to eat: Osteria – Cucina di Amici is a great Italian restaurant serving genuine Italian food. The spirit of the place is incredible and the food matches it. Address: Rua do Olival, 258
One place to drink: The jazzy Matiz Pombalina is one of Lisbon’s coolest gin bars. What more can we say? Address: Rua das Trinas, 25
One place to study: Bar Porão de Santos has large tables and a relaxed atmosphere. Ask for a cup of coffee, one of their perfectly poured, chilled beers and study like the Portuguese do. Address: Largo de Santos, 1.
One thing to see: The Museum of Ancient Art is worth it even if you don’t actually go inside. Enjoy the unique location of it, surrounded by gardens and picturesque squares perched on a high point of the city. Really great view. Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes.
One thing to do: Have a few drinks with your friends to warm up and then go all-out at the Urban nightclub. Avenida 24 de Julho, 118
Interested? Check out our neighbourhood page about Santos, with all the available student accommodation listed there!