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Saturday, March 02, 2019

Travel: Where To Stay in Lisbon - Modern Airbnb Loft Apartment on The Elevador Da Bica Street

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Our first Airbnb experience in Lisbon!

Airbnb. Everyone's heard of it, but have you ever stayed in an Airbnb property? I'm guessing your answer to that question is most probably YES - just like the majority of the universe! 

For us, believe it or not, it wasn't until our most recent trip to Lisbon, in 2018, that we booked and stayed in our first Airbnb property. Late to the party, I know! I'm not sure why we were so late to the party, maybe because I'm always so anxious I'll end up picking the dodgy property and it will all end in a massive shambles! 

For this trip, after much research and many positive reviews online we took the plunge. and how wrong was I to worry?!

Lisbon was the absolute dream, a vibrant city, made, even more, dreamier, by the fact we had the most adorable Airbnb apartment in the heart of Barrio Alto, located right in the centre of The Bica Elevator Street where the famous tram 28 stops right in front of the apartment. As soon as we arrived, there was a cool, buzzy vibe. 

There are a couple of bars and restaurants quite local to the apartment, some a few blocks away, so naturally there does tend to be some noise on an evening, however, we didn't have any trouble sleeping during our stay and were happy to tolerate a little bit of hustle and bustle on a night-time in exchange for having a base to stay that was super central and close to neighbouring Baixa and Chiado. 

As you can see from the photos, the apartment was super modern, very spacious, light and airy and had all the essentials we needed for a short weekend break to Lisbon. 

This apartment can easily sleep 3; there's a single bed which can be put up downstairs in the living area, however, I think its the ideal base for two! It has a really cool setup, with trendy split level living - the spacious bedroom, with plenty of storage space on a raised second level (via stairs) and the living area, sitting/eating area with combined kitchen. The bathroom with shower is also on this level. 

If you're a keen foodie, then this is an ideal nesting spot for you. The Time Out Market in Lisboa is right on your doorstep - literally a 2-minute walk down the elevator. 

Lisbon's Time Out Market is basically a huge foodie hall full to the brim with lots of different local food vendors (and provides plenty of choices), some of them from very well-known Portuguese chefs! 

Maybe you're reading this feeling a little dubious about food markets, but you can take comfort in the knowledge that the Time Out Market is the first market in the world where everything on offer has been chosen, tried and tested by an independent panel of city experts. Take it from me, during our 3-day trip we couldn't help but head back here every day to try a new snack. It was far too tempting! 

We absolutely loved our time in Lisbon and would LOVE to go back to again. We had so much fun exploring the city and loved its rustic vibe and charm. I think next time, I'll look to try another Airbnb in a different area of the city, as I'm sure there's plenty more to see and do. 

We have already booked our next Airbnb apartment in Santa Monica for our California road trip! ;-) 

Have you visited Lisbon before? If so, where would you recommend staying? 


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