Duplex at old typical Lisbon-Alfama

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Beco de São Miguel, Lisbon, Lisbon 1100, Portugal

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Charming duplex apartment, with a prime location in the heart of old and typical Lisbon - ALFAMA.

Alfama is one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city. Alfama is the famous for it's Fado (a type of music exclusively Portuguese, declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2011) and its narrow winding streets. Full of restaurants and taverns, typical regional cuisine but also contemporary, small businesses, fado clubs, bars, jazz, etc... It is 10 minutes walking from down town center (Baixa Pombalina), one of the best places to shop in the open air of the country, where they mix the traditional and modern trade.

Around the apartment you can find everything - museums, churches, castles, archaeological sites, theaters, cinemas, nightclubs, bars, restaurants - the choices are endless and for all tastes.
The famous tram 28 passes 200m from the house - this is the route of the 7 hills - a wonderful and very practical way to meet old Lisbon. The Castle of São Jorge is at the top of this hill, with stunning views over the city. Halfway through you'll find the lookout of Portas do Sol where you can see, from above, Alfama, the river and our apartment.

-------------- JUNE IN ALFAMA -----------------
---------SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS-----------
If you chose to visit us in June, do you know that this is the most amazing time to visit Alfama?! In June Lisbon celebrates the Festa dos Santos Populares (Popular Saint’s Festival), and Alfama is one of the main centers for this celebrations!
From the apartment you'll have a first role seat to this unique event (see the pictures). The streets and squares around the house will be adorned with hundreds of colorful garlands, streamers, paper lanterns and lights. You'll have concerts, grill sardines, barbecues, drink's, flowers (little pots of basil are the special treat), esplanades, etc. The celebrations lasts for the hole month. They are in honour of Santo António (Saint Anthony) - the patron saint of Lisbon and of weddings and of lost causes. He's also kindly known as 'Santo Casamenteiro' (the match maker). The 12th of June - the eve of Saint Anthony day - is the craziest of all nights, as Alfama and all other historical centers of Lisbon, turn into one big party, that usually last's until 6 or 7 am.
On Fridays and Saturdays you'll probably have concerts of popular music, just in front of the apartment (that you can see from your livingroom window - what I call the Presidential Balcony), so don't count on sleeping before 2am on these days (THE SOUND of the music IS THE SAME OUTSIDE OR INSIDE the house!) - you WILL HAVE TO GO PARTYING with the locals.
The remaining days are pretty normal and calm, except for the street decors, stands, and some street restaurants that will remain and make it amazing to walk around and soak into this local tradition.
If you would like the sound of this experience then go ahead and book it. It will be an even greater pleasure to welcome you here.

I truly hope that you'll enjoy Lisbon, at least, as much as I do! See you soon!!
Cheers,
Andre

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $14 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $556 /week
Monthly Price: $1568 /month
Security Deposit: $285
Cleaning Fee: $43
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • un hôte charmant et très accueillant passionné de sa ville, disposé à rendre le séjour le plus agréable possible
    appartement atypique avec vue sur le Tage, les toits et les ruelles d'un quartier authentique et animé (essentiellement le jour) à l'écart des commerces internationaux stéréotypés....
    une adresse à conseiller

    April 2014
  • Very nice appartement, and so kind André ! Joyfull !! Thank him !!

    April 2014
  • Andre's place is really nice - even better than it looks in the photos. The location in the heart of Alfama is unbeatable for exploring Lisbon on foot. There are plenty of local fado places and restaurants nearby, and Andre will give you the best recommendations of places to see. Andre is a thoughtful and kind host - an all-round nice guy - and we hope to see him again soon!

    March 2014
  • Quel accueil !
    Arrivé très tôt de Genève, André m'a proposé de me recevoir, aussitôt. Nous avons échangé longtemps et partagé ses passions pour sa ville et son quartier. Quel luxe de se retrouver en face d'un être qui a su donné un esprit à son petit duplex. Ses qualités d'architecte se sentent à travers son goût pour le confort, ses échanges précis et ses informations. Cela forme une tout qui se retrouvent à travers ses qualités d'accueil et son empathie. Il est vrai que nous avons découvert une passion commune pour le Mexique, mais son partage de son amour de Lisbonne et de l'Alfama me feront revenir. Pour son appartement et pour la perfection de la géographie du lieu... même si le Métro est à 5 minutes ou le tram au sommet de plusieurs escaliers: mais la découverte de cette ville géniale est à ce prix.
    Merci, simplement merci.

    March 2014
  • I can only echo what has already been said: this is a fantastic apartment and André is a fantastic host. We loved the apartment and Alfama. Although it is a bustling place, it was very quiet at night and we slept like logs. André has thought of everything to make the apartment comfortable and practical. Although we were out and about in Lisbon most of the time, coming 'home' was always a joy. You will not regret booking this place.

    March 2014
  • I'll just echo what everyone else said! Gorgeous apartment - with everything you could possibly need, including lots of maps and guidebooks. It's perfectly located - the church makes it easy to orientate yourself in the maze of streets in Alfama. Andre was a super host, answered mails immediately, was there on our arrival to give us tips and suggestions. Made the trip really special and homey. No hesitation about recommending Andre's place wholeheartedly.

    February 2014
  • This apartment in Alfama is wonderful. The neighbourhood is as authentic as Lisbon gets, there is even a view on the Tagus river. We really enjoyed our stay. André was very friendly and gave us lots of tips for Lisbon. Thank you!

    February 2014
  • We had a great time in Lisboa and Andrés apartment is just perfect! it offers everything you need, is nicely located in the middle of Alfma, clean, modernly renovated, great view (top floor) and very cosy! And André is a very kind host who cares about his guests and takes time to give you all informations about Lisboa you need!

    January 2014
  • The apartment is perfectly located with a nice view over the rooftops of Alfama and the Tejo. André is very well organized and everything worked out without any problems.
    We definately recommend this apartment to other people! Enjoy!

    Cécile&Victor

    January 2014
  • Great host. André took two hours of his time to explain to us where to go to in the area, Lisbon and Portugal. The appartment is really nice and has a wonderful view. if you get the chance of meeting André and staying at his flat, don't miss it!

    December 2013
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I lived in this house for 7 years, and I loved every minute of it!! On September 2010 me and my wife had our first baby and when she was 8 months old we decided it was time to move to a little bigger place... I love this house since the first day I saw it, love the location, the space, the light... This was my 1st house! Also I refurbished it my self (not only did the architecture project but the actual hands-on reconstruction work) so I definitely didn't want to sell it or give it to a long term rent.... That's when this project started and AirBnB was a great aid to it! Adding to the fact that I also love traveling, meeting new people and hosting, this was a perfect combination! This house says allot about me so what better way to meet me then coming over to stay?! It will be a big pleasure to welcome you!! Cheers, André
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