As seen on TV: FINE LIVING CHannel. Perched above the PraÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½a dos Restauradores, this beautifully restored 19th-century home is perfectly located in the HEART of historic Lisbon... right where you want to be... and yet part of a quiet, well-hidden neighborhood that has been much sought-after for over 500 years. Location, location, location!
All your favorite sites in the Baixa and Bairro Alto -- the Rossio, Lisbon?s open-air "restaurant row" (Rua das Portas de Santo AntÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½o) and the Chiado shopping district -- as well as the 12th century SÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½o Jorge Castle, the Alfama, and a wide variety of parks, funiculars and museums are within MINUTES of this Lisbon home. (We provide customized walking maps to help you explore and enjoy the city at your leisure.)
Originally one of a string of row houses built for the servants of the neighboring palace, Casa Joaquina now boasts a series of delightful luxuries: PC with high-speed internet access; comfortable Portuguese furnishings; marble, tile and cork floors; granite countertops; dishwasher; microwave; washer and dryer; plus a BBQ on the large rooftop terrace.
The corner fruit markets and cafÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½s tempt you to set aside your guidebook and spend a day or two enjoying Lisbon like the locals -- sipping coffee and people watching -- while the nearby public pool, reachable only via a maze of 18th century outdoor staircases, provides yet another welcome respite (?3.50/hour, closed August). A 10 minute walk takes you down to the Rossio train station, where you catch a ride to Sintra, FÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½tima, or the medieval walled-city of Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½bidos. Or grab our beach towels and cooler and head for the beach! Not beach weather? Visit the Gulbenkian Museum, BelÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½m, Oceanarium, Zoo...
Welcome Basket: wine, coffee, OJ, cheese, fruit, and freshly-baked bread
Fully-equipped Kitchen: coffeemaker, microwave, dishwasher, utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, spices, gourmet Portuguese cookbooks (in English)
Casa Joaquina Tourist Book: customized maps, walking tours, kid-friendly suggestions... and much more
Emergency information, including an extensive list of English-speaking doctors and clinics
Rooftop Garden Terrace with Gas BBQ and large outdoor eating area (275 square feet)
Cable TV with English-language stations (eg, CNN, Cartoon Network, TCM Turner Classic Movies)
Washer, Dryer, Iron, Ironing Board
Soft, fluffy towels and freshly-ironed sheets
Hairdryers in both bathrooms
Small library of books, Portuguese music, games
Beach towels, ice packs and cooler
Loaner cell phone
PC with ADSL internet access
Sleeping Arrangements: main floor has a full bath and two bedrooms, one with a Double bed, the other with a Twin Trundle bed; lower level has a large bedroom with Queen bed and a 3/4 bath
ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS
Sightseeing; museums; swimming; shopping; music; theatre; parks; beaches; Torre de BÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½lem, with its lovely waterfront park and impressive Mosteiro de JerÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½nimos; Lisbon?s spectacular aquarium--the
world?s 2nd largest--at the 1998 World Expo site (Parque das NaÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½es); 30-minute train ride to Sintra; 2-hour train to Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½bidos. Please don't hesitate to ask us for itinerary suggestions.