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Locals priced out by tourists in Lisbon: the Airbnb effect in the historic centre

Mayors call on govt to intervene urgently, attributing spiralling prices to 'excessive proliferation' of short-term rentals catering to tourists

A tour group in Alfama, a pretty maze of narrow streets that is one of Lisbon's biggest tourist attractions. Residents also complain about the noise tourists make late into the night and the space they take up in the ancient trams that snake through the district's narrow streets.


ALFAMA, one of the oldest and most picturesque areas of Lisbon, is becoming a victim of its own charm; short- term lets to tourists are driving up rents and driving out old residents.

"They want to throw me out to rent my home to tourists," complained retired salesman