Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This renewed appartment is located on the 1st floor of a typical building with two bedrooms, one with a confortable double bed for two, and other with a sofa-bed which accommodates more two guests, a lounge area and a bathroom and equiped kitchen. In the lounge area, you can find a dinning table for four guests, and a cozy sofa where you can relax at the end of the day while enjoying a glass of wine.
The apartment is located in one of the many alleys of the Alfama quarter, and just for a few minutes walking you can contemplate the views from river Tejo (Miradouro Portas do Sol), or the views of the Lisbon downtown (Miradouro da Graça). The apartment location is extremely privileged, and is located less than 10 minutes walk from the Metro station Santa Apolonia (blue line). The city center, Praça do Comércio, is 15 minutes walking, a distance easily covered when it is to landscape the Alfama district. The Castle of São Jorge, one of Lisbon's most famous monument with a scenic view of the city hills, is also less than 1 minute from your door.
PROVIDED SERVICES WITH A FEE:
- Airport - Apartment Transfer in private transportation
- Baby Sitting
- Tour Guides
- Car Rentals
- Other Services
- Late Check In - past 22h
- Local Grocery Stores, ATM Machines, Pharmacies: just around the corner
- Authentic Restaurants, Cafés, Pastry Shops and Bakeries
- Fado Restaurantes/Venues such as the Clube do Fado, Parreirinha de Alfama, A Baíuca just around the corner
- Night Bars and Clubs: Club Rubik and the famous and trendy Lux Club in Santa Apolónia
- Museums: Museu do Fado
- Beautiful Viewpoints of Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Costa de Lisboa/Lisbon region
Alfama is Lisbon's most emblematic quarter and one of the most rewarding for walkers and photographers thanks to its medieval alleys and outstanding views.
Because its foundation is dense bedrock, it survived the 1755 earthquake, and a walk through this old-fashioned residential neighborhood is now a step back in time. It is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds.
It was settled by the Romans and Visigoths (it was also an important Jewish quarter in the 15th century), but it was the Moors who gave the district its atmosphere and name (alhama means springs or bath, a reference to the hot springs found in the area). They were also responsible for its web of streets created as a defense system, while at the same time enabling their homes to remain cool in the summer.
Most of the older residents have lived here all their lives and retain a strong sense of community, although their rent-controlled homes are now dilapidated, and an increasing number of wealthier people are investing in their properties and moving in.
Alfama has influenced poets and novelists, and although Bairro Alto is the city's traditional Fado quarter, it is Alfama that has always been the inspiration for Fado songs, and is becoming just as popular with Fado Houses.
The district has an intangible quality that needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated, and the best way to get to know it is to get a little lost (something almost impossible to avoid), and wander around admiring the postcard-perfect views, visiting the churches, and walking up to the castle for the most breathtaking panorama of the city and the greatest sunsets.
Contrasting with these timeless images is a trendy modern development by the waterfront across from Santa Apolonia train station. It houses stylish design shops, restaurants, and one of Europe's top clubs, "Lux."
The area's top 3 sights: Saint George's Castle, The Tile Museum, Sao Vicente de Fora Church
Don't forget to: Stop at the miradouros of Portas do Sol and Graça.
Off the beaten path: Although popular with hip locals, Doca do Jardim do Tabaco's stylish alternative shops and trendy eateries are still relatively new and unknown to visitors.
Transportation: It is best to walk around, returning on a tram.
Saint George's Castle - Overlooking the city from millennium-old walls.
The Cathedral - The city's oldest building.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol - Standing over Alfama's rooftops, domes, and church towers.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Views of the river and Alfama.
Sao Vicente de Fora Church - A 16th century monastery with an exceptional tiled interior.
The National Pantheon - The domed church that took centuries to complete.
Santo Antonio Church - Saint Anthony's birthplace.
Graça Church and Miradouro - A panoramic view to the castle and the city.
Casa dos Bicos - A 16th century architectural curiosity.
The Roman Theater - The archaological remains of a once large Roman theater.
Decorative Arts Museum - A captivating decorative arts collection.
Fado Museum - The story of the national music.
Military Museum - A testament to the country's battles.
The Tile Museum - An ancient art form in a lavish old convent.
Doca do Jardim do Tabaco - Sleek restaurants and club on the waterfront.