Mouraria apartments: the melody of comfort
|Rua de São Pedro Mártir, 38 – 1100-558 Lisboa
Some places have music carved into their identity. This is the case with Mouraria. In its famous streets and alleys, voices echo through that, from here, took ‘fado’ to the world. After all, it was in this area that the Portuguese anthem was born, mirror of the soul of a people and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Mouraria apartments are right in the cradle of fado, where tradition combines with multiculturalism to offer magic and melody to all corners.
This modern and fully refurbished building is prepared to provide you with a memorable stay next to the historic city centre. With all of this comfort, come and get to know one of the most cherished neighbourhoods by all Lisboners!
Mouraria apartments enjoy the privilege of being located in one of the most genuine and alternative neighbourhoods in the city, in the traditional alleys that surround the Castle of São Jorge. This renovated building, carefully prepared with all the comfort conditions you are looking for, is very close to some of the most visited tourist spots, such as Rossio or Terreiro do Paço, for example.
The accommodation includes an elevator, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen cable TV, washing machine and dryer, daily cleaning services, automatic check-in and access code system, so you can have autonomy during your stay. Mouraria apartments have been decorated according to the most discerning parameters of elegance and functionality that Lisbon Serviced Apartments has accustomed its customers to. Everything has been designed to make you feel truly at home. If you need to store your luggage outside, you can use our lockers located on floors 0 and 4 of the building.
Mouraria apartments by Lisbon Serviced Apartments await your visit. Come and enjoy an experience full of comfort, intertwined with the unforgettable chords of the Portuguese guitar!
What will you find in the Mouraria apartments?
So that we can respond in a more personalized way to the needs of your visit to the historic centre of Lisbon, Mouraria apartments are divided into six types. Thus, we have at your disposal studios, with an area of 31 m², where up to two people can stay; the Superior Studios, measuring 40 m², with a capacity to accommodate up to three guests; the Deluxe studios, whose 54 m² can comfortably accommodate up to four people; the T1 apartments, with 50 m² and a double room, where there is space for up to four guests; the T1 Deluxe apartments, with an area of 66 m², for up to four people; and, finally, the T2 Duplex apartment, measuring 106 m², capable of accommodating up to six guests.
All Mouraria apartments have a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, oven, hob, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and basic utensils for preparing light meals. In addition, you also have a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.
Mouraria: the cradle of fado, home of tradition
Mouraria is named after the Moors who occupied this area after the conquest of Lisbon by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. Being here is taking a trip to the distant year of 1147, and many stories have added up between the walls of this neighbourhood in the centuries that followed.
These were the streets that saw fado rise. These were the streets that inspired the creation of such a Portuguese song, a melody of ‘saudades’, nostalgia and bohemia, but also a mirror of the city’s multiculturalism in the 19th century. Let us go back to the 1840s. By that time, a young woman from this neighbourhood became the first icon of the fado tradition. Her name, Maria Severa, will always be remembered – even by Amália’s voice.
From Severa to Mariza: fado lives here
“Ai Mouraria/From the processions passing/Da Severa in a longing voice/From the guitar sobbing”: thus, says the poem celebrated by the voice of Amália Rodrigues, the biggest name of Portuguese fado. In fact, there are few certainties in relation to Severa. We know, however, that those who heard her voice sing about the difficult and poor context of typical Lisbon neighbourhoods, which she knew so well, fell in love.
On Rua do Capelão, a few meters from Mouraria apartments, you will find a sign that reads: “Maria Severa Onofriana lived in this house, considered at the time the sublime expression of Fado. She died on 11/30/1846 at the age of 26, Lisbon, 3/06/89”. After all, the profound mark of Severa’s legacy in the neighbourhood has survived the passage of time. In the 20th century, Fernando Maurício, the “King of Fado and Mouraria”, lived here, for example; and Mariza, the most internationally well-known contemporary fado singer.
A few minutes’ walk from your accommodation you will find some of the most typical fado houses in the city. You can spend an unforgettable evening in iconic locations such as the Clube de Fado, next to the Sé de Lisboa; the Mesa de Frades, in the beautiful Alfama neighbourhood; or the Maria da Mouraria, which occupies the house where Severa lived. Remember, here silence is sacred: let yourself be carried away by the magic of this unique heritage.
Martim Moniz Square: have you been around the world today?
Today, the Mouraria district is known for the dynamism offered by its multiculturalism. Dozens of nationalities and cultures gather here, making this one of the liveliest centres in the city. At the centre of all this liveliness is, of course, the famous Martim Moniz Square.
It is named after a warrior who, in 1147, helped D. Afonso Henriques conquer the city. According to legend, for the siege to be successful, he sacrificed his own life – a heroic gesture that the city has not forgotten. After all, this very special square continues to be proof of that.
A stroll through Martim Moniz Square is an authentic trip to the four corners of the planet. With a privileged view of the Castle of São Jorge, here you will find dozens of shops, small kiosks, restaurants and cafes with Asian, African, South American, but also Portuguese inspirations, otherwise this would not continue to be one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city!
You will likely find musical entertainment here, especially at the weekend, or even some markets with organic products and handicrafts. Here, colour and diversity reign.
A ride on Tram 28
Almost at the door of the Mouraria apartments, you can take the classic Tram 28, the most famous tram in the city of Lisbon. This is the ideal transport to get to know most of the touristic points in Lisbon.
Onboard this picturesque (and very photogenic) tram, you will pass places such as the Graça neighbourhood, the São Vicente de Fora Church, Alfama or Largo das Portas do Sol, where you will have one of the most breathtaking views of the Tagus River. Continue towards Downtown Pombalina, passing through Chiado, Bairro Alto and Jardim da Estrela, until you reach the last stop, in Campo de Ourique. You won’t want to miss this experience!