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The best Airbnbs in Lisbon

Experience the Portuguese capital in style with our pick of the best Airbnbs in Lisbon

By Danielle Goldstein

Finding fun things to do in Lisbon couldn’t be easier. Why? Because age-old castles, magnificent churches and many more stunning attractions are scattered across the city. Plus there’s also (deep breath): art galleries, museums, beaches, fresh seafood restaurants, bars (where you can hear traditional fado) and a huge, ornate lift designed by a guy who studied under Gustave Eiffel. Phew. Told ya. Oh, and of course there’s the Time Out Market, where you can try a kaleidoscope of dishes from the best chefs in the city. We’d really recommend that one. 

If that all sounds like it’s up your street, then Lisbon is a city you need to visit. Of course, you’re going to need a lovely place to stay too, somewhere you can start and end your exploration-filled days. So whether you’re travelling on your lonesome, having a romantic weekend away or enjoying a trip with the whole squad, we’ve hand-picked some ace Lisbon Airbnbs for you. Have a glance below and start devising your adventure. 

Note: please check the latest travel guidance before booking your trip. 

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Lisbon’s best Airbnbs

Airbnb Lisbon, Luxury loft
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1. Luxurious loft apartment, Chiado

If you want a taste of what it’s like to stay in a picture-perfect Portuguese home, then this Airbnb is the ideal choice. Sitting on top of a lovely, traditional building on a hill, this loft boasts streams of light from floor-to-ceiling windows, plus views of the river and red-tiled rooftops. The level of design is as high as the fashionable district it’s located in, and would make for a perfect romantic getaway thanks to a private balcony attached to the airy double bedroom.

bright and airy living room
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2. Contemporary one-bed, Bairro Alto

Sandwiched within the cool neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, this bright one-bed provides a primo base for sightseeing. Top attractions like the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santa Justa Elevator and the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint are all nearby, as is a metro station and bus stops. Not only that, this newly-renovated space is situated on a quiet street, so you can enjoy your getaway uninterrupted (if you want to).

Airbnb Lisbon, Penthouse
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3. Perfectly located penthouse, Cais do Sodré

Practically perched on the river, this penthouse provides a clean and crisp modern style with plenty of home comforts. Ensuites, plush furnishings, three generous double bedrooms, big windows and a well-equipped galley kitchen can all be found here. Plus, major attractions are within walking distance, and in under five minutes you can walk to Cais do Sodré station, where a direct train will take you to the coastal resort town of Cascais. Feeling hungry? The Time Out Market is only a skip away.

Airbnb Lisbon, Studio
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4. Sweet studio, Chiado

You could squeeze three into the lovely airy space that this Airbnb offers, but it’s really perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway. The low double bed is tucked snugly beneath the rafters, while the rest of the room opens up to accommodate a large dining/lounging area, with access to the spacious sun trap of a terrace. A quick descent down a few steps leads you to the cleverly laid-out bathroom and kitchenette, where the sleek interior is complemented by marble surfaces.

Airbnb Lisbon, Vintage flat
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5. Elegant mid-century flat, Chiado

If you can’t stand the minimal look, then this place is for you. You won't find stark white walls here, only warm earthy tones and lots of solid wood furniture that was prevalent in Portugal from the 1950s to the ’70s. Floor-to-ceiling windows let a whole load of light in and open up fully to the type of tiny balconies you’ll find all over the city. There’s a large bathroom with a walk-in shower and matching sinks, plus two beautifully understated bedrooms.


6. Neat first-floor flat with a terrace, Rossio

This smartly furnished three-bed would make a good stop-off for a family or friends travelling together. There are three doubles, a modern bathroom, a lounge, dining area and kitchen, plus a modest terrace and even a dressing room. It’s located conveniently close to Rossio Square, where there’s a big, beautifully detailed nineteenth-century station that can take you directly to the stunning Sintra mountains. Plus, the building’s façade is charmingly rustic.

Airbnb Lisbon, Bairro Alto penthouse
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7. Light and airy penthouse, Bairro Alto

What better place to come back to than a penthouse when you’re staying in the party district? With its many bars, restaurants and live fado joints, Bairro Alto is a hotbed for evening entertainment. And when you wake up with an inevitable hangover the next morning, you can do so in comfort, with plush beds to be suitably horizontal in and lovely views across the city that can be enjoyed from a private balcony.

Airbnb Lisbon, Principe Real loft
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8. Lovers loft, Principe Real

Head north of Rossio to find this lovely little loft, equipped with everything necessary for a romantic trip away for two. A grand entrance, plump double bed, a balcony with unobstructed views of the city and river thanks to a glass balustrade, and housekeeping (for €15 per day). Plus, given its central location, just about everything you’d want to see is in walking distance, but there’s also a metro station ten minutes’ walk away.

Airbnb Lisbon, Bairro Alto
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9. Eclectic condo, Bairro Alto

The prints and patterns in this roomy one-bed may be eccentric, but they suit Portugal down to a tee. As you walk through the streets of Lisbon you’ll see similar tiles adorning various buildings and walkways. The flat is in a traditional Portuguese building, with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus all the mod cons. As an added bonus, the Tram 28 stops just outside, providing a clever way to do a bit of sightseeing, as these 1930s Remodelado trams run all the way from Martim Moniz up to Campo Ourique in the northwest.

Airbnb Lisbon, Principe Real rooftop
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10. The rooftop of a blue house, Principe Real

Given that the building is painted a bright shade of indigo, you’re unlikely to struggle to find it. Once in, ascend the stairs (also partly blue) to the rooftop, where you’ll find the spacious, open-plan living quarters. Don’t worry, the two double bedrooms and bathroom are walled-in, but the rest is bathed in light that floods in through the huge, glass sliding doors, which open up to connect the lounge-diner and kitchen with the large and lovely terrace that overlooks the city. The rest of the apartment is just as understated and calm, making it a great space to unwind after sightseeing.

Airbnb Lisbon, Avenida da Liberdade
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11. Designer flat, Avenida da Liberdade

Dubbed a ‘design flat’, we’re guessing a professional decked out this place because it’s stunning. Located north of Rossio Square, this one-bed offers desirable decor in a well laid-out flat that flows seamlessly. The sunlit terrace leads through the lounge area/kitchen, past the desk space under the stairs and down to a double bedroom with en suite and ample storage.

Airbnb Lisbon, Belém
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12. Industrial loft, Belém

Situated within an apartment block, this contemporary loft is within stumbling distance of the riverfront and Torre de Belém, one of Lisbon’s most iconic structures. As well as its own pool (yes, you read correctly), this pad comes with two parking spaces and stellar views of the Tagus. A bit like a coach house in the air, this flat is long and each room runs into the next, from the double-bed, past the telly and sizeable dining setup, into the kitchen. The place is filled with muted greys and creams that complement the various bits of exposed concrete and although it’s not the most spacious Airbnb on the market, it’s certainly stylish.

Airbnb Lisbon, Belém secret garden
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13. Vintage gem with a secret garden, Belém

Over to the west of the city, where Lisbon’s renowned Pasteis de Belém bakery/cafe lies, you can stay in a surprisingly spacious and elegantly decorated residence. There’s a vintage theme running throughout, with oodles of character in the living room, kitchen, both bedrooms, bathroom and walk-in-closet. Plus, out back is a well-hidden tiled yard, surrounded by greenery, and accessed by two different staircases.

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Torre de Belém
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