The modern 75m2 (800ft2) apartment is filled with natural light, coming through 5 double glass windows/ doors leading to the 2 balconies. It retains traditional Portuguese character throughout.
Amenities include security camera, central audio system, hydro message shower cabin and wireless internet. The kitchen and bathroom have granite counter tops and marble walls. All the appliances in the kitchen are hidden behind handsome cabinet doors.
Upon arrival at the apartment, you will be greeted by a representative from a professional property management who can provide help 24/7.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Cable TV with access over 100 channels including CNN, BBC, TV 5 Monde, etc. is available for your viewing, as well as wireless internet connection for laptop and smart phones. New queen size bed (160cm) as of August 2012. Air conditioning in bedroom.
|Further details outdoors|
During the day, the castle is a popular attraction. At sunset, the neighborhood reverts to a peaceful tranquility, brimming with historical elegance, perfect for romantic strolls on narrow winding cobblestone streets. (Some guests have recommended turning off all the lights in the apartment at night, and opening all the shutters, to bathe in the amber glow from the street lamps, the sparkling lights from the rustic buildings, and the silvery gleam of the moon). Enjoy relaxed dinners at nearby family run restaurants, and drinks at hilltop cafes overlooking the city and its sparkling lights. Or, visit Resto do Chapito, down the block, a restaurant, cafe and bar, with a terrace famed for its spectacular view of the city and the river. And for a relaxing time, visit the top-ranked wine bar around the corner of the building, where the owner will explain to you about all the wine regions in Portugal.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from a professional property management, who will show you the apartment and how to use the appliance and internet. A cold bottle of vinho verde (Portuguese white wine) will be waiting for you in the fridge.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, with a population in the city of about half million people. It retains much of its history and charm from centuries ago, and it serves as a reminiscent of one of the greatest maritime history in the world. Its rustic charm, warm people, historical neighborhoods, and reasonable prices are making it the destination of choice. Nearby are two highly recommended places to visit: Sintra, a romantic historical town up in a mountain with summer palaces, and Cascais – Estoril, world class coastal towns.
Situated on the westernmost coast of continental Europe, with Spain on its east and the Atlantic Ocean on its west, Portugal's location puts it perfectly in the Mediterranean climate zone. Lisbon, the capital, gets an average of 330 sunny days per year. August can get very warm, with a few days in the 90s. November temperatures in the city can remain high enough for northern Europeans to sunbathe on its beautiful coasts. In the winter, the weather is in the 50s and 60s with occasional rains.
One of the Most Charming Old Cities in Europe
A very old city, Lisbon was controlled by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, and much of its old-world charm has been retained: many older buildings are still adorned with azulejos (tiles), and pavements are covered in mosaic. North American visitors may be reminded of San Francisco, California, with the trams trundling through the 7 hills located in the city, and the 25 de Abril Bridge, constructed by the same company as the Golden Gate Bridge. The roads can be windy, snaking up and down the hills, with antique street cars and funiculars (and modern buses) transporting the locals as well as tourists. Situated on one of Lisbon's highest hills, giving it a 360 degree view, is the Castle of Sao Jorge (Castelo de Sao Jorge), which was built by the Moors in 795 AD. In the 12th century, Christian crusaders and local fighters took over Lisbon, and the castle became the official palace of the kings of Portugal.
After completion of the reservation, guests will get a simple itinerary for up to 2 weeks, including transportation and restaurant tips.
The building where the apartment is located was inhabited by Viscount Sao Bartolomeu in the 19th century. There were unconfirmed documents indicating that the site used to house a small castle (palacetta) of queen Dona Leonor in the 15th century.
Access to other neighbourhoods by foot is quick: Baixa (at the bottom of the hill) in 5-10 minutes, Chiado in 15 minutes, and a major subway station in 10-15 minutes. (A guide to finding short cuts for walking is offered in the welcome book.)
A few steps away from the apartment is Castelo Sao Jorge, a castle remains and citadel, which was built in medieval times, and changed hands between the Moorish kings from the south and the Christian conquerors from the north. The castle, its terrace and walls are nestled on the highest point of the hill, affording a 360 degree view of Lisbon, the magnificent river Tagus and its ports, and the other 6 hills undulating across the city.
A few steps away from the apartment, in the opposite direction, are the remains of a theater built for the Roman emperor Nero, and down the hill to the right is the majestic main cathedral Se, built in 1050. The cathedral's tower can be seen from the balcony of the apartment, along with a partial view of the river.