With the tourist boom, Lisbon is becoming one of the most valuable and interesting cities to live in in Europe. Its charm, great weather and low prices are bringing in waves of outsiders.
While the impacts are not all positive, this inflow of people is slowly starting to spill over to other parts of the city that don’t feature in guide books or fit Lisbon’s postcard image. Beato and Marvila are a good example. Located in the eastern part of the city, between Lisbon’s downtown and the vamped Parque das Nações, the Beato and Marvila districts had fallen into oblivion in the last 50 years.
You can hardly imagine it was once a pleasant area with farms, wineries and convents from the 16th century (many still in perfect condition). In the centuries that followed, this area became an industrial hub and factories proliferated. The population in the 19th and 20th centuries was mostly factory workers and you can feel the associative spirit in the many cooperatives and cultural associations that still exist.
In this “cemetery of factories”, as some call it, a renewed city is being born. Attracted by the lower rental prices many young people are starting projects in industrial places. From creative cultural spaces (Fabrica do Braço de Prata), to charming cafes (Café com Calma), a craft brewery (dois corvos) and rock climbing facilities (Vertigo), you can have a great time and escape the crowds.
It has had many lives, what’s next for “Lisbon’s East End”?