We might have gotten lucky with the weather when we shot this home, but we'd like to believe that the view of the Tejo river from the balcony is always this majestic. Balsa is located right above the Sé Cathedral, which means that you'll get the best of Alfama on your doorstep. In line with the historical location, the interior design contains nods to traditional Portugueses architecture, but the sleek minimalist furniture brings it into the twenty-first century. Beautiful home, as long as you're fine with the stairs and narrow streets that don't welcome cars.
Home truths: * This home doesn't have a manual, but the host is working on putting one together
* There is no elevator to this third-floor home – those with limited mobility or heavy suitcases beware
* When we tested the WiFi, it was too slow to support uninterrupted streaming
* Although the kitchen is well-equipped with appliances, it doesn't have the basic cooking ingredients
* The narrow streets in this home mean that getting here with a car is difficult – and the only parking available is public & payable
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