A brilliant opportunity to live as a Lisboeta. Up a dozen cobbled alleys – or the funicular should the steps prove exhausting – to arrive at these neighbouring houses, perched high above the city centre. Casa Joaquina is contemporary and open-plan with a clever use of space and filled with light from top to toe. There’s all you need in the well-equipped kitchen and the living room is upstairs alongside a split-level roof terrace with views over roof tops and plenty of shade – you can eat out here too on balmy evenings.Villa Serra has superby views from the living room and its pretty, nicely-planted garden terrace – lovely to sit out here with a cold glass of vinho verde while you fire up the barbecue. Both houses are within the Historic Preservation neighbourhood so you’ll feel incredibly authentic and local – this is non-touristy and very much a residential area.In a few minutes you can walk to the central plaza, the Rossio, for a spot of people-watching. Join the city bustle for restaurants, street food, museums, churches and art galleries. Back at the quieter Pena area where you are staying there are grassy and tree-filled parks such as the Campo dos Martires da Patria for summer picnics and a spot of peace.