Do you remember that famous movie where someone said that the last floor is always the best? Well this is the case of flat 126. It is located on the 4th floor (no elevator) of a building at Alfama, one of the most typical neighborhoods of Lisbon.
Very luminous and breathtaking views are the keywords to describe this two bedroom cozy apartment.
Just in front of the apartment you will find the Fado Museum. It is also a short walking distance from the other picturesque neighbourhoods of Baixa and Chiado. Nearby you have all kinds of traditional commerce.
It is also 5 minutes walking distance to the subway and international trai...n station of Santa Apolónia.
The apartment has 75 m2 and it has been recently renovated to include the following:
one bedroom with a double bed (160 cm * 200 cm);
one bedroom with one single bed (80 cm * 185 cm) and one single sofa bed (80 cm * 190 cm);
a living room with dining and sitting areas, one double sofa bed (140 cm * 190 cm), Tv (Portuguese channels only), DVD player and Hi-Fi;
a complete kitchen with gas stove and oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment and a washing machine;
a complete bathroom with bathtub.
In wintertime the apartment is heated with electric heaters.
UMTS internet connection with USB plug can be provided upon request (10,00€/day).
We will welcome you with a bottle of wine.
There are several apartments in Alfama, the neighborhood of apartment 126. It is the medieval Moorish neighborhood where an emerging cosmopolitanism mixes with the “natives” day-to-day life. It is a village in the heart of the city, due to the fact that most of Alfama’s residents have lived here their entire lives and retain a strong sense of community.
Alfama was first settled by the Romans and Visigoths and was an important Jewish neighborhood in the 15th century, but it was the Moors who gave the district its atmosphere and name (al hamma means springs, a reference to the hot springs used as baths until the 17th century). It is crowned by São Jorge castle, which was built by the Visigoths in the 5th century and enlarged by the Moors in the 9th century.
Be surprised by Alfama's narrow cobblestone alleyways, stairs and squares, built on a rock-hill that was responsible for its survival after the big 1755 earthquake that destroyed most of the medieval city. A walk through this old-fashioned residential neighborhood is now a step back in time.
It is an ideal place to explore hidden places, stunning views over the city, the river Tejo, restaurants, fado houses, or even to dance and eat sardines during the popular June festivals. Here you can find numerous little grocery shops, taverns and small restaurants - most having no more than 3 tables. At the edge of the Alfama, Lisbon's renowned flea market, the Feira da Ladra, is held in the Campo de Santa Clara every Tuesday and Saturday.
Contrasting with these timeless images is a trendy modern development by the waterfront across from Santa Apolónia train station which houses stylish design shops, restaurants and bars, like the famous "Lux".
You are also very close to theFado and Portuguese guitar Museum: Situated at Largo do Chafariz de Dentro. It is a place where you can have a historical visit through the most traditional Portuguese music -Fado- and famous Portuguese fado singers like Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo and Mariza. During the summer (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) you can dinner in a small square of the museum and listen to Fado, live! A night program you certainly won’t miss!
Another astonishing building next door to the apartment isCasa dos Bicos (House of Facets). It was built in 1523 at the time of king Manuel I and is faced with diamond-shaped stones, probalby influenced by the Italian renaissance.
If you decide to go further up, passing Alfama you will find an astonishing view of the city from Miradouro da Graça or from the one where is the church of St. Maria do Monte da Graça. You will also be able to visit a Spanish barroque style monastery S. Vicente de Fora (mark of the Spanish domination of Portugal until 1640).
From this apartment you can explore the rest of the city walking to the castle (S. Jorge) or to Baixa, Bairro Alto, Chiado or Santa Clara.
This was a great apartment to call home for our week in Lisbon. The location in alfama was excellent. Close to Praca do Comercio (5 min) and steps away from great cafes and restaurants. The view over the river with cruise ships coming and going made for a great place to sip either coffee or wine.
The rooms were comfortable and quiet and there is plenty of space in the apartment for a family with children to feel at home. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you would need including an espresso machine, toaster and microwave. The washing machine worked flawlessly, and there are clothes lines to hang your laundry off of the two balconies (just like the locals do).
The apartment is on the 4th floor of an old building with no elevator, so if you are travelling with small children or have mobility challenges, this might be of concern. Otherwise, climbing 5 flights of stairs is a great way to burn off all of the Pastis de Nata that you will eat!
There is a supermarket at the Santa apolonia train station (5 min) with everything you could need. There is no free wifi in the room, but we were able to find wifi at most cafes and restaurants around the apartment.
Our time in Lisbon was wonderful with lots to see and do and it was made even better by a comfortable stay at this apartment. Read more
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We'd like to acknowledge and apologize the lack of a 5* cleaning service in the bathroom, will ask our cleaning to be more attentive to details and careful because cleanliness is a serious matter to us.
Left on 06/30/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | laure
Alfama is full of charm, and the apartment is next to a lovely square with cafés to take breakfast or lunch in the sun.
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