«Property bubble»... this expression has been used to describe the spectacular rise in rents and of the average cost per square metre in the centre of Lisbon. While prices in the Chiado neighbourhood are reaching values similar to those found in Paris, Airbnb is offering more than 10,000 properties in central Lisbon. The picture is even more bleak when it's understood that more and more of this business is concentrated in the hands of a few large speculators.
Probably the epitome of capitalism, thousands of pigeons have left their credit cards at the reception desk of this floating building. A building pouring its occupants for a few hours in several cities of several countries. Mass tourism in all its’ beauty, expensive for average services, all you can eat and all you can see. Just like with the meal, you finish with a stomach ache.
Wait is this Thailand ? No Lisbon… Unknown less than two years ago, these auto rickshaws have flooded the city to the point where the mayors office doesn’t know how many there are. Our estimation goes from 200 to 300 that constantly go around the seven hills trying to grab tourists.
A hybrid between a car and a scooter which exhibits the worst of both worlds.
Often marketed as an eco friendly solution and reducing the traffic in city centres, this thing is not only useless in Lisbon but also perfectly ridiculous.
All group above 20 participants (cruise ships, «free tours», etc.) are a real problem in the old neighborhoods of a city like Lisbon, its urbanistic design doesn’t encourage masses.
The sudden popularity of Lisbon has seen many websites, blogs flourish on the internet and also paper guides written by people in the city for about a week in the best case, or people that haven’t even been there in the worst case but taking advantage of publicity, commissions, services for referring people here or there.
Please note that this section does not concern the city tourism center but the structures that were created here for tourists only and that have nothing Portuguese except maybe the name (Fado houses, souvenir stores) if it isn’t itself in English.
Vacation and traveling are often a time for people to blow off some steam, but there are ways to do so and ways to not.