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It's the time of year when our minds are on sun, sea and city breaks. 

If you're anything like the rest of Ireland, you've been taking refuge from the reality of being back to work, eating healthily and battling storm Eleanor by browsing flight prices online. 

We've been dabbling in our favourite pastime – browsing Airbnb looking for elegant apartments in which to spend our European city breaks. 

Here's our top eight picks from Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and London. 


Liberty Always Lisbon €29 p/n

Set in a colourful district just minute from Avenida da Liberdade, this mini Lisbon apartment offers a chic and pared back living space from which to explore the city. 

The space can host three guests, and the property owners are fully prepped to help tourists make the most of their time in the popular Portuguese city by advising them on where to go and what to see.

Trendy Designed 2brms Apartment in Lisbon´s Center €70 p/n

The superior interior design elements on this property make it a hot commodity on the holiday rental site. 

Sleeping up to four guests, this flat is close to Bairro Alto in Lisboa and is the ideal hideaway fro those who want to sip a white wine spritzer in beautiful surroundings. 


Luxury Flat with Pompidou Center Panoramic View €98 p/n

This minimalistic apartment sleeps up to  guests and is located in the heart of the trendy Marais district. 

The apartment comes complete with an epic panoramic view of the industrial Pompidou Center. 

Loft apartment near Jardin du Luxembourg €157 p/n

This luxurious loft is located right by one of Paris's most famous parks. 

The home is decked out in feature art, with rooftop views and a unique apartment sleeping structure. 


Spacious warm & bright with 2BRM close to Jordaan €90 p/n

This artsy apartment for four is the perfect Amsterdam. 

Grab public transport into the city centre to see the tourist attractions or nab a rental bike and cycle the streets. 


For those with a slightly higher budget, this clean, minimalist apartment is the epitome of cool. Just don't forget to water the plants!.

The Foodhallen and the Anne frank house are close by, so you and three guests can enjoy the sights of Amsterdam as well as the view from the balcony. 



The best thing about this colourful London pad is the gorgeous view, as well as it's proximity tothe Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Brick Lane, Shoreditch and St Katherine's Dock.

With a generous balcony, we could happily but our feet up out there after a day of shopping and sightseeing. 

Amazing apartment close to Hyde Park €116 p/n 

Fancy living it up in a townhouse with 12 of your closest pals? This charming pad is for you. 

The house is located just a stone's throw from Hyde Park,Harrods, Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, abd Oxford street.



Further details are emerging following the tragic death of two people on a beach 20 miles south of Lisbon yesterday.

It is understood that the plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing on the Portuguese beach, was carrying two occupants when it got into difficult at the beach in Caparica.

Reports have established that panicked sunbathers fled the beach in panic when the light aircraft descended and skidded across the land in a tragic incident which claimed the lives of a 56-year-old man and 8-year-old girl.

According to the National Maritime Authority, both individuals died at the scene of the incident.

Local reports on Portuguese television have confirmed that the two occupants, one of whom is believed to be a flying instructor and the other a pupil, were taken by police from the scene.

Speaking to local reporters, the deceased child's father attempted to give a description of the incident.

"We were on the beach at low tide where the water drains from the lake, he said. "I was with my brother-in-law trying to explain to my two daughters and my nephews what a rip-tide is and how it forms."

"One of my nephews pointed out the plane which was flying low by the sea wall. I told Sofia, who died, to run behind me, and she ran as fast as she could."

'When I saw the other children were safe and when I looked round to help Sofia, I saw her being hit," he continued.

"I went up to the man who was piloting the plane and he told me he had lost control of the aircraft. I could have punched him, I had that right, but I didn't do it.'

The cause of the emergency landing remains unclear.


Following a post-mortem examination at Cork University Hospital, a number of packages have been recovered from the stomach of a young man who died on board an Aer Lingus plane.

The 24-year-old Brazilian national, whom independent.ie has named as John Santos Gurjao, fell ill on Lisbon-Dublin flight EI 485.

He reportedly became “extremely violent” – even biting a fellow passenger who attempted to restrain him – before falling unconscious and dying.

The packages have now been sent for forensic analysis. RTÉ News reports that at least one of them was ruptured. They are believed to have contained cocaine totaling around 800g in weight and worth €55,000 on the street.

A Garda spokesman confirmed late last night: “The post-mortem has taken place. A number of packages have been recovered and have been forwarded for forensic examination. The toxicology results are awaited.”

The flight was diverted to Cork with the pilots citing a “medical emergency,” and requesting permission to make an unscheduled landing.

This morning, gardaí continue to question a 44-year old Portuguese woman who was also on the same flight. It is believed that 2kg of a powdered substance has already been recovered from her luggage.

RTÉ says she has been living in Dublin for several years and is involved in a number of businesses, including offering herself as a consultant to non-EU residents seeking visas to work and study in Ireland.

The post mortem was conducted by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster, who has now also ordered further toxicology tests.

In an astonishingly account, John Leonard, who was also on the same plane, has yesterday told Cork's 96fm that the Brazilian man was "on the ground shaking violently" prior to his death.

He went on to explain: "The noise he was making was like something I have never heard before. 

"It's not something you'd hear everyday. It was like deep anguish is the best way I could describe it, very, very troubled.

"Not screaming in a sense, you know if you'd hurt yourself or something, just very guttural, from deep within him."

Mr Leonard furthermore said that it was a "very violent end". He stated: "To die that way in the back of an aeroplane, it's not right. It was not very pleasant at all."