Welcome to our Historical Holiday Homes!

Our family’s historical holiday homes are centrally located in Lisbon and on Armona Island, Olhão. Online booking available!

Welcome to Our Historical Holiday Homes!

We are currently updating our website. If you have difficulties or questions, contact us directly at austin@visitingportugal.com or (+351)91.346.4517

All of our holiday homes have:

Central location, just minutes from the city center;

Fully equipped kitchen & laundry facilities;

Free WiFi;

No Smoking, No Pets.

Our Lisbon homes also have:

A/C in the living areas, fans in the bedrooms.

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Location, location, location

Hidden in the heart of Lisbon, our parish prides itself on being an “aldeia” — a village — right in the city center. You are never more than an 8 minute walk from the Rossio (Lisbon’s buzzing main plaza) but, while staying in our historical holiday homes, you’ll fall naturally into the quiet simplicity of typical Portuguese life.

Here’s the way our inspector for Sawday’s Special Places to Stay describes it:

“A brilliant opportunity to live as a Lisboeta in a real Portuguese neighbourhood. You are free from tourists up here (except for those who meander up the wrong hill looking for the castle.)”

And on Armona Island, in the Algarve? You’re only a 5-minute boat ride from the bustling port town of Olhão, but you’ll feel like you are a million miles from everywhere…

Thank you for visiting and for recommending our holiday homes to your family and friends.

Last Minute Lisbon Booking Award

If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you.

Austin Silva Mota & Drex Kleber
VisitingPortugal – Historical Holiday Homes

Our Properties:

Casa Villa Serra: Luxury Vacation Villa, Terrace & Views

180º views of Lisbon, Private terrace
3 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 2-6, from 225€/night

This beautifully restored 19th-century vacation rental townhouse is perched above the Praça dos Restauradores, offering unobstructed views over Lisbon’s red-tiled roofs…

Casa Joaquina: Family-friendly Holiday Rental w/ terrace

Gameroom, Rooftop terrace
2+ bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 2-6, from 140€/night

There is relaxation for all at this refurbished 19th century townhouse. Sip your wine in peace on the rooftop terrace, while others enjoy a rousing game of air hockey in the downstairs gameroom…

Casa Santana: City Center Holiday Apartment with view

Views over the Rossio
1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 2-4, from 110€/night

Nestled just above the Lisbon city center, but located on a quiet sidestreet, this 2nd floor apartment offers lovely views and modern amenities in a historic building…

Lisbon Group Accommodation: Casa Villa Serra & Casa Joaquina

Casa Villa Serra & Casa Joaquina
Sleeps up to 11 adults

For the perfect mix of togetherness and privacy, rent Casa Villa Serra and Casa Joaquina together. Located on the same street, the two houses compliment each other…

Casa Armona: Charming Beach Cottage

Island Beach Cottage
2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2-5, from 70€/night

This remodeled fisherman’s cottage is one of the original houses on Armona Island. Surrounded by the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve, the pedestrian-only island is just a 15 minute ferry ride from Olhão…

“. . . the bright, spotless rooms, as-promised view, goodie-filled welcome basket, and owner’s tour of the neighborhood reassured me that we lucked out…”

MSNBC’s incognito Well-Mannered Traveler, Oct 2008

With the option for instant online booking, securing your reservation is easier than ever!

Choose your home and your dates… Look at all of our vacation rentals, or use the Search by Date function to see which properties are available when you’ll be in Lisbon. If you can’t decide, ask us for suggestions. We are happy to help you plan, and can generally respond to enquiries in under 3 hours. Of course, if you’re so excited you just can’t wait, feel free to call us at (+351) 91.346.45.17

Choose your payment method… If you use the instant booking option, you’ll pay by credit card via Stripe. We also accept online credit card payments using WorldPay or PayPal (please enquire for more details). And if you have a European bank account, you can even pay by bank transfer.

Book! Pay your deposit directly when you book instantly online (powered by Lodgix), or send an enquiry for a more personalized experience.

Why choose a holiday apartment or vacation rental? More space, more privacy, more value …and the only way to enjoy Portugal the way the “locals” live!

What are past guests saying about our historical holiday homes?

“We love the location…”

Our first trip to Lisbon. Finding this apartment and having Austin as our hostess made everything so much better. We love the location of this marvelous apartment. We will certainly tell all our family and friends. [br]We ate at Tijelinha for lunch/dinner, food and service was great. Corner market down the hill on the left […]

“…very nice week. Lots of good food…”

We had a very nice week. Lots of good food, especially Solar 31 just down the slope. We recommend the ferry across to have lunch. And, most important, ask the [tourism office] for directions to the secret elevators up to the Castle of St. George. [br]Apartment was convenient & well appointed. [br]Thanks, [br]Mel & Grace, […]

“Thanks for a great time in Lisbon!”

Thanks for a great time in Lisbon! Memorable days & nights — sightseeing, exploring and eating. Met some memorable people — António & Roger, helpful taxi drivers, Pedro, a friendly waiter… even the grumpy tram driver, name unknown! [br] Austin, thanks for your helpfulness + advice! [br]Chip & Sandy, USA [br]May 2016

“…a perfect place…to experience Lisboa.”

Thank you Austin, for a lovely week in Lisboa!! Your advice about places to eat was superb, we feel we know Mr. Tijelinha by now… good, honest food as G.Ramsey probably would have said. 🙂 [br]…And this house is a perfect place to live to experience Lisboa. [br]Obrigado! [br]Ingeborg, Rosnin, MaryBente, Jrond [br]September 2015

“…we loved the place & the location!”

This was our first trip to Lisbon–Austin was a great host and we loved the place & the location! [br]Risa, Robert, Hannah & Maya, Canada [br]July 2015

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Historical Holiday Homes: Whatever your reasons for traveling…

The city of Lisbon offers something for everyone. No matter what your interests–history, art, science, sports… or pure relaxation–you’ll find an activity to suit your tastes. So we try to make sure our historical holiday homes are flexible enough to accomodate all kinds of guests.

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Our corporate houses are close to universities and conference centers, and we have business-specific amenities–including a printer, if necessary.[/column]

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…or Leisure…

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Groups of friends–adults travelling together with or without kids–will find space to be alone, as well as together, at Casa Joaquina or Casa Villa Serra.[/sub_column][sub_column width=”one-third-last”]
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If you’re looking for peace and quiet, look no further than Armona Island, where Casa Armona is a the perfect seaside retreat.[/sub_column][/column]

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…with Family…

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The smaller Casa Santana is a great value, and just 3 min. from the center!

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…or Friends…

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For up to 11 adults, rent Casa Villa Serra and Casa Joaquina together.[/sub_column][sub_column width=”one-fourth-last”]
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…with kids…

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The houses have child-friendly amenities, plus kitchen & dining area for easy meals at home. Casa Joaquina and Casa Villa Serra have terraces.[/sub_column]

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If you’re braving a vacation with teens, we especially recommend Casa Joaquina, which has a big downstairs room with a pool table… and an X-box.[/sub_column][/column]

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…or blissfully alone…

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Casa Santana is a perfect base for relaxing and seeing the city on your own, and works equally well for a couple’s romantic getaway.[/column]

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…Why wait?

Reserve your historical holiday home today!



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