Beleza da Mouraria, or the Beauty of Mouraria, is an exquisite one bedroom, one reading room apartment located at the top of one of the most historical neighborhoods in Lisbon. The apartment has a terrace where two guests can lounge and enjoy a spectacular view: from the far left, the Castle Sao Jorge, to the river Tagus, to several tourist landmarks such as Convento do Carmo and the Cristo Rei statue, to the hills and valleys adorned by Pombaline buildings. The view is so vast that it can be enjoyed from the terrace, the kitchen, the dining room and the reading room. Lose your sense of time by watching the clouds move or a boat gliding on the river, or partake in the evening glimmer of lights across the valley.
The apartment has a large master bedroom, with a comfortable 160x200 cm queen size bed and a charming seating area. An ample bathroom comes with generously sized glass enclosed shower cabin. The living room, dining room and kitchen area is an elegantly decorated open-spaced floor plan. The living room comes with a 55” HD TV. Whether dining for 2 people or 4, everyone gets a nice view. The kitchen comes fully equipped with all sorts of dinnerware, stemware, silverware, cooking utensils and small kitchen appliances, including Nespresso, as well as drip coffee maker. State of the art microwave, oven, induction cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/ dryer help complete the stay-at-home experience.
Since the beginning, the area has always been a diverse, multicultural place. In 1147, D. Afonso Henriques, who later became the first king of Portugal, conquered Lisbon and named the district Mouraria, after the Moors from North Africa. Our street, Rua das Olarias (meaning potteries), is on the upper side of Mouraria. Historically, because of its strategic location, the road was the only pathway for Christian women to travel from the Castelo/ Alfama area to the north side of town. In 1755, Mouraria, because of its clay soil, survived the devastating earthquake that destroyed most of Lisbon. The residents commemorated the event by marking “OS” (in Latin translated to “Of the Saints”), on the top of the door frame, which can still be seen on R. das Olarias #3 and a few buildings around that corner. Mouraria was also where fado music was born, producing a few of the best fadistas. A fascinating history, indeed.
What is Around
The building is about 5-10 minutes walk to either metro station Martim Moniz or Intendente on the green line. It is also about 10 minutes walk to the start of Tram #12 or #28 to the Castle, or #15 to Belem. Live music and special events take place at Martim Moniz or Largo do Intendente, one of the hippest areas in town. In terms of food, there is no other district offering a richer tapestry of ethnic eateries, from the world-renowned seafood place Cervejaria Ramiro (a 5 minute walk) to Portuguese, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Nepalese and Chinese eateries, as well as hamburger joints, cafes and bars.
Living Like Locals
As this will be a true representation of living like locals, among residents who have lived here a long time, there can be no parties, events or any type of social functions in the apartment. Please respect the neighbors. To best manage the tight turn into the parking area, only small or medium car is advised. No large cars or SUVs.
If, in the past, it was a much more hectic and rundown neighborhood, it is becoming a very hip and popular place.
It is the most multicultural district of the city; a total of 56 nationalities coexist there, most of them from Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Mozambique.
However, the Mouraria has not lost its authenticity, between its decrepit walls and laundry drying windows.
Located between Martim Moniz and the São Jorge Castle, to feel the atmosphere, you have to get lost in the alleys. They are sometimes no more than one meter wide. One has the impression to walk directly in the houses of Lisbon.
The Mouraria is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon. The Moors lived there after the conquest of Lisbon by D. Afonso Henriques in 1147 until their expulsion in the 15th century.
It is in the heart of its winding streets that fado was born, a melancholy music that comes from the basfonds of the Portuguese capital.
Severa, the first fado singer known in Portugal in the nineteenth century, lived here. It is said that Severa fell in love with a count and this is where fado appears in the aristocratic halls. In the twentieth century, Fernando Maurício, considered as the "king of the fado of Mouraria", lived there too. Rua do Capelão is part of the iconography of fado. It is also in Mouraria that Mariza, the most international fado singer, grew up.
LA MOURARIA AND ITS SHOPS ...
If you are looking for Asian products, you can find a multitude of small grocery stores!
MOURARIA AND ITS TYPICAL RESTAURANTS
Mouraria offers the most authentic local restaurants in the city.
Cantinho do Aziz - If you like quiet retaurants you are not at the bom place ... In this restaurant, we serve you a typically colorful mozambican food all in a very relaxing atmosphere! From crab with curry to Chicken "muamba", everything is delicious ...
Mi Dai - this restaurant is located at 7 of Calçada da Mouraria but you will not find any storefront, no name ... indeed it is a traditional Chinese canteen! You choose ingredients at the counter and the cooks prepare your wok in front of you ... an extraordinary experience!
Tentações de Goa - In the evening, this rather gloomy alley between the squares da Figueira and Martim Moniz is not very attractive but you have to go beyond to discover this small restaurant (25 seats) very colorful. Delicious cuisine usually quite high ... For dessert, homemade ice cream mango is to die for!
The Food Temple - This is the restaurant to try to discover exquisite flavors from elsewhere. The chef comes from Russia and built his culinary education by traveling around the world. It's really innovative and delicious.
Zé da Mouraria - Typical restaurant, very noisy but authentic. They speak only Portuguese and there are few dishes à la carte, proof of freshness of the products. All Lisbonis know the address. A treat, take a dish for 2 people, it's more than enough!
MOURARIA AND ITS TRANSPORT
Metro: Martim Moniz station
Apps like Uber, Taxify or Chauffeur Privé will be useful too!
LISBOA BY NIGHT
We advise you at the end of the day to lose yourself in Alfama, starting from the highest hill in Lisbon, Miradouro Senhora do Monte and stroll according to your desires ...
NIBBLE ON THE GO ...
Time Out - Mercado da Ribeira- Located in Cais de Sodre you will find a multitude of small culinary kiosks representing the best restaurants in Lisbon.
A DESIRE FOR FISH?
A Cevicheria - Located in Principe Real this Peruvian restaurant of raw fish offers the best ceviches of the city! Attention, you can not book so it is better to arrive before 19h ... otherwise you will do a little queue while tasting a delectable Pico Sour cocktail made in Peru.
O Ramiro - Restaurant with the best seafood of Lisbon and the typical decoration of the 60s.
A must whose expectation
A DESIRE FOR MEAT?
Sala Corte - Located just behind the Time Out, it's the best meat restaurant in Lisbon (without reservation)
K.O.B. - Located in Principe Real this sophisticated steak house will be an exceptional meat!
The origin, the cut and the quality of the meat are the piece of resistance of this varied card, organized by country and by duration of maturation.
The wines also deserve to be mentioned because it is the promise of a perfect alliance between the excellence of the meats and the nectars.
A LITTLE HISTORY…
A Travessa - Nestled between the alleys and aristocratic mansions of the Quqrtier de Lapa, you will discover this former 17th century convent which, once restored and redecorated, has become a magnificent restaurant ... A refined and relaxed atmosphere, the kitchen revisits the fundamentals of Portuguese gatronimie.
CHIC SOPHISTICATION ...
Kais - Industrial-chic and warm decoration; this sophisticated restaurant is located in a former tram factory overlooking the Tagus ... a whole program!
A ROMANTIC DINNER?
Darwin - After visiting Belém, stop for a romantic dinner at this riverside restaurant with a breathtaking view.
CROSS THE RIVER ...
Ponto Final - In this "end of the world" place, at the end of a dock, you will find this restaurant at the edge of the water that bears its name. To get there you have to cross the river by ferry from Cais do Sodré. You will enjoy typical Portuguese cuisine
A DESIRE ELSEWHERE?
• Tasca Kome - Rua da Madalena, in downtown Lisbon, you will find this essential sushi restaurant with the motto "Japanese meal is not just sushi". The menu organized by Japanese chef Yuko Yamamoto offers different flavors in a sober and chic Asian setting.
• Boa-Bao - This new space located in Chiado serves pan-Asian food, it offers a fusion of influences that takes you on a pleasant journey across the Asian continent.
• Mezze - Held by Syrian refugees, the Mezze restaurant has been an immediate success since its opening in Lisbon in September, offering a rare example of successful integration in a country with a very proactive welcome policy.
• Cochinchina - Vietnam on the plate ... Located in the quater of Rato this reaturant is a must for Asian food lovers! Basil is imported directly from Vietnam which explains the explosion of flavor.
A LAST DRINK?
• The Roof Top of the Park -
• On the top floor of a car park in the bohemian Bairro Alto district, this roof top offers a 360º view of Lisbon. Sit back and enjoy the show on the 25th of April Bridge and on the towers of Santa Catarina Church, accompanied by a wonderful homemade cocktail.
• The Topo - Located on the 6th floor of a mall (which does not look like it) near the Martim Moniz station. Sip cocktails and tapas to die for ... all with a view overlooking the historic Mouraria area.
• The Silk Club - If you are looking for a chic and select place, go to Silk. Atop a historic building in trendy Chiado, guests can enjoy a drink in a design setting with 270-degree views of the city.
WANT A WALK ON THE BEACH?
• The beaches of Costa da Caparica are ideally located just 25 minutes from the center of Lisbon.
• Princesa - Beautiful place, modern kitchen ... this beach will transport you immediately in the trendy atmosphere of the beaches of Ibiza!
• Posto 9 - We are in Portugal but the French'touch makes the difference. Local and French dishes, a cool and festive atmosphere.
• Borda d'Agua - Here is a typical Portuguese beach where you will taste delicious améjoas feet in the water with a good glass of white wine ...
Casablanca - Perfect family, this beach will reserve you a smiling and professional welcome, all in a dream setting!
LISBONNE COLLECTION - PRATICAL
• DELIVERY OF PERSONALIZED KEYS
Arrivals are from 16h.
It is possible to return the keys to our guests earlier, depending on our availability.
Please follow our check-in instructions so that our check-in manager can find you easily.
We have the opportunity to receive you at night also may know that arrivals after 22h have an additional cost of 40 € (To be paid on the spot in cash)
• AIRPORT TRANSFERS
We offer airport / apartment transfers for a fee.
Please contact us for any reservation.
• ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Our concierge offers a wide range of services ...
- Home delivery of breakfast, cruise on the Tagus, surf lesson, helicopter flight, wine tours or home massage ... Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be very happy to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
We offer cots or high chair during the stay for a supplement 20 €.
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