Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, is oftentimes considered one of the best places to stay for a unique experience in the Portuguese capital. Made up of a network of narrow, cobbled alleys that wind up one of the local hills, the unique streets offer phenomenal views and many of the local Airbnb properties offer these vistas to guests. Here are seven of the best Airbnbs in Alfama, Lisbon.
The best thing about this two-bedroom apartment may be that it shares the same backdrop as Lisbon’s stunning Miradouro Portas do Sol (one of the city’s best places to catch an amazing sunset) and looks upon the extraordinary Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. Then again, the abundant sunlight that streams into the Portas do Sol I may be what you prefer. Either way, this is a bright and adorable apartment, cozy for up to four guests, on one of Alfama’s hilly streets and surrounded by some of the best cafés and shops this neighborhood has to offer.
Yet another beautiful spot, inside an 18th-century building to boot, this apartment offers views of the river from its own terrace. Plus, the Alfama Apartment is a budget-friendly option when divided by three people per night (the maximum guest occupancy). The hosts are also known to leave guests a bottle of wine upon arrival.
As its name suggests, the Alfama Fado Loft is inspired by this melancholic Portuguese music, believed to have developed in the surrounding historic streets, and even showcases a photo of Amália, one of the nation’s favorite fado singers. It is also located near the Fado Museum, just slightly uphill in the direction of the Portas do Sol viewpoint. Located on the first floor of one of the area’s traditional homes, it fits up to four guests.
One of our favorite Airbnb properties in Lisbon is this lovely apartment in Alfama. Bright and filled with lots of green plants, the Patio LisBoaBoa is a stunning space that’s modern and romantic (perfect for two guests), and includes a private patio area. Although it is located near Lisbon’s more popular streets and wonderful places to hear fado, the apartment itself is peaceful. Keep in mind, if you’re visiting during the second week of June, it’s possible to hear the Santo Antonio Festival energizing the streets with all-night parties—although that might be a perk if the Santos Populares Festivals are what you’re after.
Lisbon-born and -raised Ana is the host who will welcome you to Find Me Another Lisbon and, in addition to her modern home, she offers local tips and helps guests schedule day visits to surrounding towns, like Sintra and Cascais—let her know if you will need help upon booking. The house is bright, snuggly, and a mix of traditional and modern, located in the middle of Alfama‘s maze of streets.
Up to three guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in the fully-equipped Alfama Blue House I, where the soft hues and riverside views add to the city’s coastal vibes. Located near the Santa Luzia viewpoint, another of Lisbon‘s popular miradouros, it’s a few steps from the 28 tram stop, and a short walk from the São Jorge Castle.
Antique wood paneling and furniture, azulejo-enhanced walls and unparalleled views of Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral only begin to describe the aesthetic perks of staying in the Alfama Chic 4, a fourth-floor apartment inside a 19th-century house. Spacious for the area, it is 190 square meters (2,045 square feet) and offers eight beds throughout four bedrooms, offering plenty of space for a party of up to 11 guests. This lovely home offers the best of an old-world Lisbon and a convenient location.