Alarmingly, each year, over 12.7 million tourists overpower the 500,000 locals who live(d) here. The influx has cause infrastructure prices to increase at a rate which pushes residents out of the city. At least 74% of Airbnb properties in Lisbon charge an average daily rate of 84€ a night, meaning renting a flat out to tourists is significantly more profitable for property owners than renting to locals. The national minimum wage in Portugal is 676€ per month, leaving the average local unable to afford to live in their own capital city anymore.
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ADDRESS: Largo São Domingos 18
Conveniently located in the centre part of the city, this affordable guesthouse is utterly charming and cozy, with beautifully decorated common rooms and lots of natural light. Their prices include a free all-you-can-eat breakfast served until late in the afternoon and they have invested in a range of environmental practices to reduce their carbon footprint while engaging in philanthropic activities in aid of Lisbon’s homeless.
ADDRESS: Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103
This new age hostel offers an affordable stay with luxury touches that will swiftly replace gap year memories of accommodations sharing the same name. The suite beds are comfortable and cozy, decorated with curtains for privacy. The dorms are paired with beautifully designed shared bathrooms, sun-filled common spaces, and creative design details which reflect the artsy complex it is housed in.