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IN A CITY as vibrant as Lisbon, it almost doesn’t matter where you stay. Moorish architecture, seductive fado music, and understated tascas advertising chalkboard specials on small plates called petiscos greet travelers around every corner in the historic center. At the same time, trendier areas are chockablock with street art, international and fusion fare, concept boutiques, and wildly eclectic speak-easies. Lisbon is a hard city not to love at first sight, but finding an apartment that matches your vacation vision is guaranteed to make you fall that much harder. From the downtown drag to quaint, quieter pockets of the city, these Lisbon Airbnbs showcase the best of the Portuguese capital, no matter what your dream visit entails.
1. Charming apartment in Chiado
This cozy open-plan apartment is located between Chiado and Bairro Alto, one-half of Lisbon’s downtown core and its buzziest nightlife neighborhood, respectively. Despite its proximity to a host of lively bars, the apartment is tucked away on a quiet street that’s equally amenable to nights in, preparing locally inspired meals in the well-equipped kitchen. Past guests have raved about the hosts’ hospitality, including private airport transfers and personalized check-in upon request.
Two guests, one bedroomPrice: $65 per night
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2. Artsy studio in Principe Real
This colorful studio in Lisbon’s trendy Principe Real neighborhood is sure to catch any artist’s eye. The interior is bright and stylish, complete with thoughtful touches like accent rugs and tiled backsplashes. And the top-floor balcony overlooks Lisbon’s terracotta roofscape, sun-drenched Tagus river, and iconic Cristo Rei statue. Comfortably sleeping two, the space is ideal for solo travelers or a couple planning a romantic Portuguese getaway.
Three guests, two bedsPrice: $71 per night
3. Lovely apartment with a terrace in the very heart of Graça
If the wall hangings celebrating Portugal’s literary greats and the traditional azulejo tiles adorning the building’s entrance don’t make guests of this two-bedroom apartment feel like Lisbon locals, their stay in the Graça neighborhood will. Though it’s within walking distance of all the major attractions, Graça sits outside the sardine circuit, as the city’s most heavily touristed areas are collectively known. After touring the neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, hopping from one scenic lookout to the next, guests will enjoy unwinding on the terrace with a bottle of vinho tinto, branco, or verde, Portugal’s red, white, or slightly fizzy green wine.
Four guests, two bedroomsPrice: $80 per night
4. Stylish Cottage with stunning patio in the historic center
Skirting the heart of Lisbon’s old town, Alfama, this one-bedroom cottage will suit all types of travelers. The shared patio alone is a universal selling point, fit for everyone from digital nomads seeking an open-air home office to sociable tourists looking to trade pleasantries with their neighbors. When they’re not taking advantage of the semi-private garden, guests will appreciate the apartment’s proximity to the 28 Tram for easy access to Lisbon’s top sites, not to mention the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora located a few steps away.
Three guests, one bedroomPrice: $90 per night
5. Luxurious studio in Chiado
Chiado, where guests of this luxurious loft will call their temporary home, is downtown Lisbon at its finest. The apartment is a short walk from Praça Luís de Camões, a lively square home to the Manteigaria pastry shop, famous for its pastel de nata, Portugal’s trademark egg tarts. A stay here also positions guests by some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions like the Museu de São Roque, National Museum of Contemporary Art, and Bica Funicular, where travelers can snap photos of Lisbon’s iconic yellow trams.
Three guests, one bedPrice: $101 per night
6. Bright and modern apartment near Lisbon’s Time Out Market
A piece of advice for guests of this bright one-bedroom: Come hungry. Lisbon’s famous Time Out Market is located just down the street, surrounded by a slew of local eateries and the robust nightlife scene of Cais do Sodré’s aptly named Pink Street. The apartment’s interior is just as vivid, with a modern blue and white accent wall in the bedroom that evokes Portugal’s characteristic azulejo tiles and pops of color scattered throughout the living spaces. When they need a break from the action outside, the terrace is the perfect vantage point for travelers to appreciate the neighborhood’s bustle from a calm, scenic distance.
Four guests, one bedroomPrice: $104 per night
7. Tranquil apartment near Lisbon’s botanical garden
Though Lisbon is better known for its miradouros (scenic viewpoints), a handful of parks are scattered throughout the city are prime for picnics and afternoon strolls. This gorgeous one-bedroom is not only located between Lisbon’s botanical garden and Praça da Alegria park, offering verdant terrace views but greenery is also featured throughout the interior. Situated between Principe Real and Avenida da Liberdade, one of the city’s main arteries, the apartment is equally close to popular dining, shopping, and sites, promising an experience that can be as quiet or lively as guests choose to make their stay in Lisbon.
Three guests, one bedroomPrice: $103 per night
8. Stylish penthouse with amazing views
Apartments as stylish and fun as this two-bedroom in central Lisbon make it easy to forget that there’s an equally vibrant city to explore beyond its walls. When guests do step outside, they’ll find themselves in the heart of Lisbon, smack in the middle of the downtown districts of Baixa and Chiado and the up-all-night neighborhoods of Bairro Alto and Principe Real. The penthouse unit is best suited to visitors who are comfortable walking up five floors of stairs, as there’s no elevator in the building, but the views from the two balconies are more than worth the trek.
Four guests, two bedroomsPrice: $149 per night
9. Tasteful penthouse apartment with cathedral views
Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral is one of its grandest attractions. At this two-bedroom penthouse, guests can enjoy views of the 12th-century site, the oldest church in the city, and the Tagus river from a cozy couch on the vine-covered balcony. The artful interior is just as striking, from the unique furnishings and clean, well-appointed bathrooms to the paintings hanging on the walls and the wallpaper itself. Though it’s the priciest apartment on this list, it’s also one of the roomiest, with enough space to sleep six guests.