New Lisbon resident Madonna has been extolling the delights of living in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
Local media say she has bought a $9 million (Dh33 million) estate in the mountains of Sintra, outside Lisbon, and will continue to stay at the Pestana Palace hotel, where she is in the royal suite, while it is refurbished.
The 18th century Quinta do Relogio estate mentioned by various news outlets was still up for sale on the Engel&Volkers real estate agency’s website on Wednesday. If the reports are true, Madonna — who wrote that “the energy of Portugal is so inspiring” — joins film stars Michael Fassbender and Monica Bellucci who have bought properties in Lisbon in the past year.
Among the reasons the pop star has come to Lisbon is that her 11-year-old son David Banda has started soccer training at the youth academy of Benfica, according to the Lisbon club.
She also arrives as Portugal has been named Europe’s best destination for expatriates to live in 2017 and the world’s best for quality of life, in a survey published by social network InterNations on Wednesday.