LISBONNE Lisbon city Adviser interview Carlota Lancastre

We sit down with Carlota to shine the spotlight on life in Lisbon and why today is the moment to invest.


Lisbon city Adviser interview Carlota Lancastre

We sit down with Carlota to shine the spotlight on life in Lisbon and why today is the moment to invest.

Born and raised along the lighthouse dotted shores of the beautiful beach suburb of Cascais, Carlota Lancastre heads up Athena’s office in Lisbon. Our on-the-ground concierge Carlota’s local expertise opens up the city’s secrets, guiding clients through finding the right investment to which roof-top cocktail bars offer the best view to watch Lisbon’s legendary light set over the city. 

AA: Hi Carlota, Where are you from?
CL: I am from Cascais, a small seaside suburb 30 minutes from the centre of Lisbon, renowned for its elegant houses and surf culture.

AA: How has Lisbon evolved recently?
CL: Lisbon has always been an enchanting city with once-grand architecture, steep climbing hills and popular beaches, but during the financial crisis the real estate market took a real hit. Today, little by little, thanks to reduced restrictions on foreign property ownership, low transaction costs and the lure of the Golden Visa, Portugal is getting back on its feet. It’s flourishing into a vibrant and dynamic metropolis, full of new trends, exciting technology start-ups, the restoration of original buildings and the renovation of traditional neighbourhoods. Lisbon is also one of the cheapest capital cities in Western Europe, a place where you can enjoy a fantastic lifestyle combining great food, wonderful hospitality, surf, sun and a rich and romantic history.

AA: What is Lisbon the perfect place for:

CL: Sunday Mornings – Feast on the legendary brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, or take a wander up to the Paredão de Belém then stop for a sweet treat at one of the original Pastel de Belém cafes.

Weekend Escapes – Troîa, just a few hours drive from Lisbon, this narrow sand-strip is one of Portugal’s best-kept secret, an old fishing village on the rise, filled with personality.

Dinner – Restaurante 100 Maneiras a small, contemporary space that serves a 10 course set tasting menu of creative and seasonal Portuguese dishes.

AA: How do you help people understand Lisbon?
CL: I love helping people get to know my city.. The first step is to teach them some of the language, then I take them to try out a few quintessential Lisboeta experiences. Sampling sardines in Alfama, visiting the fishermen in the Cascais Bay or going to famous markets such as Mercado da Ribeira or Feira da Golegã are some of the best ways to get to know the rhythm of the city. I also love taking clients to an authentic Fado restaurant – its got a traditional reputation but can be really cool if you know the right spots.

Carlota’s Black-Book

  • Topo; This ultra-cool rooftop bar on the Martim Moniz square in emerging neighborhood of Mouraria is the ultimate spot for after-work cocktails while soaking in the views of São Jorge Castle.
    Comercial Center Martim Moniz, 6th Floor, Praça Martim Moniz, Lisbon.
  • Mercado da Ribeira: Originally a fishing market, Time Out won the bid to transform the space into the ultimate foodie hangout; showcasing some of city’s favorite food shops and restaurants.
    Av. 24 de Julho 50, Portugal
  • Comporta: An hour south of Lisbon and not far from the popular Algarve, Comporta’s white stretch of sand and mix of rustic and chic attracts a stylish crowd. Ask for a blueberry caipirosca from Ilha do Arroz and you can’t go wrong.
  • Sacramento: Tucked inside Baixa Chiado, Sacramento Bar is a shining jewel of Lisbon’s gastronomy scene. Its exquisite and contemporary menu celebrates the cuisine and wines of Portugal.
  • Lost In: With a spectacular view of the city, these two Indian style terraces are the perfect spot to soak up Lisbon’s almost year-round outdoor lifestyle over drinks or a bite to eat.
  • Chiado: This now elegant neighbour is one of my favourites in the city. Draped over a hill, the restoration work after the devastating 1988 fire has created one of the more refined and sophisticated spots in the city with excellent shopping and restaurants options.

Interested in investing in property in Lisbon? As part of our personalised service, we create customized itineraries for each of our clients that combine exploring investment opportunities and the best of the city.  Contact us to find out more.