A luxury apartment in a perfect location
This is a really lovely apartment, complete with all modern facilities, Internet connection, Miele appliances, and clean throughout. Extras like the romantic candles and four poster bed are a treat.
We arrived in the height of the summer, with no air conditioning, but this wonderfully restored old convent building has a massive thermal insulation and remains cool. The restoration is another treat, especially when returning each day from a lovely time in the city (try the tram 28 and 15) or beach (to Costa da Caparica takes 40mins by 153 or 161 TST bus from Praca de Espanha for €4.90).
The apartment owners are very helpful and assist 24/7, they really made us feel at home (in Lisbon!). The website list of 'accommodation and facilities' is accurate and you won't need to bring the iron, hairdryer or simple consumables like cleaning products and basic cooking items. There's a supermarket at the bottom of the hill in the high street that sells everything. Try Bruno's jeep trip over the 7 hills, a wonderful exhilarating drive, and you see many sights - do this at the start of your stay to scope the city.
Younger folk will love the nearby late night bars in Bairro Alto, with their cocktails, music and themed decor, some raging til 3am Friday and Saturday nights. Those not so keen will use the traditional shutters on the windows to reduce the noise!
It was a real delight, during the hot strolls around the city, to stop at the many bars and cafes for an espresso or refreshing cold beer, or glass of red wine (which is very cheap compared to the UK).
Must sees include: Belem (tram 15) sights including the tower, monument, and monastery, Sintra (train every 20 mins from Rossio station - but check the palace/castle/etc opening times as some are closed mid-week), Alfama (find a restaurant in the evening that includes the traditional Fado singing), castle, cathedral, pantheon, monastery, and a walk around the Baixa Chiado shopping area. But a real treat is the restaurant over the river. Arrive early for a sunset romantic evening meal. Take the ferry from Cais do Sodre to Casilhas, turn right and walk along the bland promenade, past the derelict buildings for 15 minutes (but before the elevator), then you find this fantastic restaurant. And try the port, ginjinha liqueur and the wonderful regional wines, and the super bock beer.
Thank you Inglesinhos, Lisbon and it's wonders, we had a fantastic time.
Chris and Kay
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
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