Outpost - Casa das Arribas

Azenhas do Mar, Lisbon Coast, Portugal Book from Book from £113 per night

Brand new! Five fabulous apartments for 2-4 in a historic clifftop house with vast ocean views and a shared pool; 40 minutes from Lisbon
Just north of the fairytale palaces of Sintra is a spectacular stretch of Atlantic coast. Half-empty beaches with dramatic waves make it a surfer's paradise. Clinging to the cliffs above is one of the coast's most picturesque white villages, Azenhas do Mar, with a wave-lashed restaurant facing the ocean and a cliff-carved natural pool that fills at high tide. From here, Casa das Arribas is a 10-minute stroll uphill, a stylish outpost with a breathtaking view to the westernmost tip of Europe.

We can't wait to visit this light-flooded, architect-designed house, built in the 1940s and recently reconfigured. Owner and discreet host Christian offers guests 5 apartments and a garden with a tennis court and a pool. It's perfect for sociable families but there's plenty of privacy for couples, too. The sunsets are spectacular, the beds super comfy, and beautiful features remain (decorative wall tiles, exposed stone walls). Bathrobes, organic shower gels and a bottle of local red add to the magic, and if you're tempted by a winter stay, there are roaring hearths in Ocean View and South Wing. What better after a hike from Cabo de Roca to the soft sands below?

Highs

  • The breathtaking, ocean-facing location
  • A nearby path winds down to a small surf beach
  • Excellent kitchens but if you don't feel like cooking, meals can be can be ordered, and there's an excellent local restaurant
  • The proximity to Lisbon, its airport, and magical Sintra
  • Fresh, modern decor and fantastic prices

Lows

  • Full pre-payment upon reservation and rates don't include a final clean, which will be added to your bill
  • Be aware the gardens, pool and tennis court are shared and the pool is ungated
  • The local village is down the hill. Great on the way down, but you'll have to climb back up!
  • Possible soundproofing issues between South Wing and Piso Alto

Best time to go

We think spring (April-May) and autumn (Sept-Oct) are ideal: fewer crowds at Sintra, near-empty beaches, great weather for hiking or tennis, better rates and availability at the Casa. Temperatures can soar between June-August, though morning mist sometimes rolls in from the Atlantic, and the sea itself remains very refreshing. Winter stays are great for walkers; Ocean Saloon and South Wing have fireplaces.

Our top tips

  • Book a wine tour at Casal Sta. Maria, Colares (8km). Abandoned in the 1920s, the vineyard's history is fascinating. The wines are exciting and surprising, the vineyards face the ocean, and the gardens are a further draw.
  • You could combine 4 nights here with 3 nights in Lisbon, for an easy coast & city break. See our Lisbon hotels.
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Cheap & Chic
    Family
    Honeymoon
    • Boutique Apartments
    • 5 apartments for 2-4
    • Self catering + meals on request
    • All ages welcome
    • Open all year
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Towels & Bedlinen
    • Concierge Service
    • Tennis Court
    Room:

    Rooms

    Expect the best quality throughout your apartment, from handmade wooden furniture to natural mattresses to organic soaps and shampoos. Ocean Saloon is the largest, sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 emperor, 1 kingsize/twin), with 2 very elegant original fireplaces. Glass doors open to a wraparound ocean-view terrace that's shaded on the southern side.

    South Wing opens onto the pool terrace and sleeps 2-4 (one kingsize bedroom; one sofabed). We love its original terracotta floors, wood-beamed ceiling and corner fireplace to keep things cosy in winter.

    Breakfast in the sun on East Duplex's terrace or nod off in the hammock of this super-cool bolthole for 2-4, with exposed rock walls and an open staircase to the kingsize bedroom.

    Light-flooded Piso Alto is an enormous first-floor apartment with views on 3 sides - from the cliffs of Cabo da Roca to the Berlengas Islands. There are 2 kingsize/twin bedrooms. Finally, North Casita - a cosy apartment for 2-3 with a terrace facing the ocean, where you can swing in your private hammock.

    Features include:

    • Bathrobes
    • Central heating
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Coffee maker
    • Fridge
    • Full kitchen
    • Hairdryer
    • Hob or stove
    • Oven
    • Safe box
    • Satellite TV
    • Shared laundry facilities
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    In common with all the interiors at Casa das Arribas, the kitchens have character and style, and are very well equipped. Basic foodstuffs include sea salt and organic olive oil. For barbecues there are fireplaces in the garden.

    Lunch, dinner and breakfast baskets are available on request: fresh bread, fruit juices, and traditional Portuguese meals (octopus, beef and pork stew, baked cod fish). Christian can also arrange for a private chef to do you a fresh fish BBQ.

    You can stock up on groceries in Azenhas do Mar, a 10-minute walk downhill. The village has one small supermarket and a clutch of eateries, including a cliffside restaurant with a spectacular view. Enjoy fish fresh from the ocean: octopus, sea bass, clams, giant lobsters, scarlet prawns and barnacles, a speciality of the region. There are steaks too, and very good wines from Colares, 5 miles inland. Colares is also home to a farmers' market every weekend.

    Features include:

    • Breakfast
    • Children's meals
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Coffee maker
    • Dinner by arrangement
    • Fridge
    • Full kitchen
    • Hob or stove
    • Lunch by arrangement
    • Meal delivery service
    • Oven
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Room service
    • Basic ingredients
    Eating:
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    Activities

    • Hone your tennis or basketball skills on the court; dive into the pool; recover with a spot of yoga. There are mats and racquets to borrow. Or wander down the hill to the beach
    • Drive into the Sintra mountains, 12km. Dubbed a 'Disneyland for adults', Unesco-listed Sintra has long been a popular destination. Don't miss the exuberant 19th-century Pena Palace or the medieval Castle of the Moors. It holds a great music festival in May and June
    • Take the train from Sintra to Lisbon and the serene 1960s-landscaped gardens of the Gulbenkian Museum - one of Europe's great unsung galleries
    • There are surf-pounded beaches at Praia da Ursa (15km), Guincho (22km) and Ericeira (60km), and there's exciting hiking the length of the coast. Guided surf excursions, classes and private lessons can be arranged, as well as SUP surf courses
    • Walk under a canopy of tropical plants and enjoy 360-degree views in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
    • Charming family-friendly Cascais (25km), a fishing village turned summer resort for wealthy Lisboetas, has sandy, swimmable beaches, a playground, a park, good restaurants, and a great food market on Wednesdays and Saturdays

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Basketball
    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Festivals
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kite surfing
    • Museums / galleries
    • Shopping / markets
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Wine tasting
    • Yoga

    Kids

    Casa das Arribas is very family friendly and welcomes children of all ages. Kids will love tearing around the grounds, playing in the pool with diving board, and body boarding at the local beach. Azenhas do Mar is a 10-minute walk downhill, with shops, restaurants, a bigger beach and a natural swimming pool.

    Best for:

    All ages

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Ocean Saloon and Piso Alto each have 2 double/twin bedrooms and space for a baby cot. North Casita, East Duplex and South Wing all have a sofabed in their living rooms for 1-2 extra guests plus space for a baby cot. Ocean Saloon can connect with South Wing (adjacent) or Piso Alto (above).

    Baby equipment:

    Baby cots and high chairs

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    Breakfast baskets can be adapted for kids on request

    Kids Activities on site:

    • Swimming pool
    • Tennis court (racquets to borrow)

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Beaches
    • Boogie boarding & surfing at Praia Grande
    • Horse riding

    Families Should Know:

    The pool is relatively deep and unfenced; the local beach is sandy but isn't suitable for swimming

    Distances:

    • Airport: 40km (Lisbon)
    • Shop and restaurants: 1km
    • Hospital: 22km
    Kid Friendly:

    Location

    Casa das Arribas is located on the cliffs just outside the picturesque village of Azenhas do Mar, 40km northwest of Lisbon.

    By Air:
    Fly into Lisbon Portelo (40km) then hire a car to get here and explore the area. You could cope here without a car if you taxi-d from the airport (20-30 mins' drive)

    Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

    Airports:

    • Lisbon Airport 40.0 km LIS

    Other:

    • Beach 1.0 km
    • Shops 1.0 km
    • Restaurant 1.0 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    8/10
    Room
    10/10
    Food
    9/10
    Service
    9/10
    Value
    9/10
    Overall

    Amazing location, superb apartment! We stayed at Outpost for a week and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Chris is a fantastic host and has designed the apartments beautifully and to a very high standard. I loved all the finishing touches of gorgeous smelling toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and very comfortable beds. Although you have the space and independence of renting an apartment, you can still order breakfast baskets and freshly cooked dinners if you don’t feel like leaving. There are several nice beaches nearby, but it is just as relaxing to chill by the pool or in the garden with amazing Atlantic views. The only addition I would welcome are sun umbrellas.

    10/10,

    We really enjoyed our stay here and Chris and Ana were really friendly and helpful. The location is stunning and we visited the beach or Azenhas do Mar every day. Even though we didn't have a car, it was possible to stay here for a week and have a good time and this was partly made possible by the delicious breakfast baskets and meals that we could have delivered. Try the shrimp curry!

    9/10,

    Chris was an excellent host, he knew what was needed and then when to leave folks to figure themselves
    The location is stunning, right on the cliff, you are in the elements
    He also massively helped us out by finding fuel for us during the strike. Was natural for him to make this happen for his guests, as well as the surfing hookup, etc. Very well connected in the local area!
    Have a car for sure. Lots of great restaurants, and google reviews are accurate. Surfing is big, so know what you are getting yourself into
    Fun to be able to play tennis and basketball.

    9/10,

    The apartments (we stayed in two of them, Ocean Saloon & North Casita) were as wonderful as they look from the pictures; and Chris couldn't have done more to be a fantastic host. Thank you so much, Chris, we'll be back soon!

    10/10,

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