It's a perfect summer destination for a short city break, being only 2 1/2 hours from the UK, warm & sunny but with an Atlantic coastal breeze, keeping it comfortable enough to sight see and shop and it's also incredibly cheap compared to other European cities.
I found our apartment through Booking.com and it was exceptional in style, size and location, right in the heart of the Baixa district, close to everything. The photos on their website, although good, don't entirely do it justice. On entering, it felt like we were walking into the pages of an issue of Elle Decoration, it had beautiful wooden floors, Scandi chic furniture and high ceilings and was fitted with every modern convenience you could want, dishwasher, air con and power showers in both bathrooms.
Above, one of the apartment bedrooms and the Street it was situated on
After a long rest in a small square, drinking chilled rose wine, we jumped into a tuc tuc back down towards the sea front. This area is lined with restaurants and bars and grand maritime buildings and colonnades still decorated with the original cast iron street lanterns, which are hanging from practically every building in the city.
Cafe Brasilia in Chiada