Picture this: rainbow coloured buildings adorned with azulejos (tiles) clutching the sides of the city’s hills, the glimpse of a rickety yellow wooden tram disappearing down an alley way, cobbled streets crammed with tabernas and cafes and people sitting out in the sunshine watching the world go by over bicas (coffee) and a sweet pastry. Imagine turning a corner and finding a Miradouros (viewpoint) so dramatic and breath taking that it stops you in your tracks. Or being able to explore a city on foot – to see monuments and monasteries, cathedrals and art galleries all within walking distance. And then having the choice to eat out at a Michelin starred restaurant one night and a simple seafood restaurant the next, perhaps followed by a live Fado performance. All of this is possible in Lisbon.
The Lumiares sits at the heart of all of this, nestled proudly on top of the hill in Bairro Alto, boasting fantastic rooftop views across to the River Tagus on one side and the Castelo de São Jorge on the other. Bairro Alto is the bohemian and cultural heart of Lisbon, with its eclectic mix of cafés, galleries, shops and museums right on our doorstep. Opposite the hotel is the stunning Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara – a garden terrace with panoramic views across the city. Turn right and head down the hill towards Chiado, past the independent shops selling everything from fashion and high end shoes to sardines, soaps and chocolates. At the bottom of the hill opposite the Cais do Sodré train station you will find the famous Mercado de Ribeira – otherwise known as the “Time Out market” - with its wonderful mix of regional food and wines from across Portugal. Or you could head north out of The Lumiares, towards the beautiful neighbourhood of Principe Real, or down to the designer shops of the Avenida da Liberdade.
The airport is only half an hour away by taxi or the Aerobus runs every twenty minutes. Should you choose to drive, there is plenty of parking available in our private underground car park which has direct lift access to the lobby.
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