Lisbon’s Renaissance is picking up pace. Start-ups are colonising the city, creatives are converting its warehouses into ateliers, while new shops, bars, restaurants and culture hubs open each month. Add in more than 220 days of sunshine a year and you have plenty of reasons to visit.
The city has holiday homes to meet every need too, with everything from architect-designed hideaways to chic apartments on the premier shopping streets up for grabs. Here’s our pick of the six best Lisbon apartments for rent.
Sited in the historic heart of the city, the tile-clad Baixa House has been revived, refurbished and turned into 13 Lisbon apartments for rent by José Adrião Arquitectos. The practice has cleverly blended the building’s long history with contemporary interiors by Javier Cargo of Cargo interiors. Each is kitted out with antiques and Portuguese crafts – the spoils of flea markets and estate sales. Apartments get lighter as you ascend the building, so we recommend heading for the sun-drenched fourth floor.
From €95/night/guest. Book direct through Baixa House.
One for architecture aficionados, this Bak Gordon-designed, three-bedroom Lisbon villa comes with a concrete and glass façade, minimalist interiors and a courtyard garden complete with swimming pool. Situated in one of the city’s residential areas, not far from the centre, it’s a stylish and peaceful retreat.
Sleeps 6, from €600/night via Spaces 42.
Lisbon is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and nowhere do you get a better sense of its power and beauty than at this three-bedroom modern holiday home in the foothills of the Sintra mountains, a 30-minute drive from Lisbon. With views of the ocean from every room, sleek architectural lines and classic midcentury furniture, it offers the ideal blend of style, sea and city.
Sleeps 6 from €480/night, minimum stay one week, July and August, via Boutique Homes.
Avenida Liberdade is the city’s Champs-Elysées: its premier shopping street, tree-lined and surrounded by upmarket residential developments. This Lisbon apartment for rent – with its original stucco ceilings, large windows overlooking the treetops and classic yet contemporary interiors – is typical of the area and a luxuriously comfortable place from which to enjoy all the city offers.
Sleeps 10, from €595/night via Kid and Coe.
Casa da Rampa
Designed by local architect Frederico Valsassina, this low lying, white-on-white home is an architect’s dream yet manages to be child-friendly too, thanks to a family-first design that includes a children’s room and facilities such as toddler beds. A 30-minute drive from the city centre, surrounded by peaceful pine forests and close to the beach, this Portuguese holiday home proves that sophistication and family fun are not mutually exclusive.
Sleeps 6, from €850/night, via Boutique Homes.
Behind a traditional façade in a western suburb of the city lies a contemporary surprise. This two-bedroom Lisbon apartment designed by architect José Adrião Arquitectos has white walls, clean lines and plenty of light, thanks to large skylights and vast windows with views of the city’s red-iron bridge. The living room and kitchen open onto a private courtyard, perfect for summer evenings al fresco.
Sleeps 4, from €75/night, via AirBnB.
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