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I'm seeking a central, two-person apartment that is convenient to the main Lisbon sights AND accessible to someone on heart medication who climbs hills and stairs rather slowly. Here's our story:

We will be in Lisbon for 4 or 5 nights in April, just before Easter Sunday. It's a first time visit for us, so we will see the standard sights, venturing no further from the centre than Belem or the Gulbenkian Foundation. We will use public transport.

Prior to arriving in Lisbon, we will rent a car and tour the North for a week. We will likely visit Sintra on our way back to Lisbon, so access to the Sintra train is not a consideration in choosing an apartment.

We are 61 and 70, so access to lively nightlife is not a consideration.

My partner has a heart condition. Hills and stairs are not impossible but marathon climbs are impractical. We've already dismissed several wonderful apartments that were on upper floors with no elevator.

I've found a nice and fairly hip ground floor apartment in a small street just north of the Convento do Carmo.
http://www.vrbo.com/1047073ha

Using the Santa Justa elevator, we can get most of the way back up the hill to this apartment from city centre. Google Maps shows a moderate climb from the Covento do Carmo to the apartment at 10 Travessa Joao de Deus. I guess we would have to climb again to get to restaurants in Bairro Alto.

1. Is this apartment too remote, in your view? Will the climbing be hard for a slow walker?

2. Is there a better area to stay in?

I've looked in the Baixa area but most apartments were too large, too pricey, were already booked, involved stairs or were just plain dull.

One relatively attractive place is in Rua da Prata but the owner has not responded to my inquiry:
http://www.vrbo.com/1074332ha

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