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Alfama

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
As featured in 3 Days in Lisbon and 2 other guides
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Address: Lisbon, Portugal
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Wonderful sights delight walkers at every turn in this culturally rich and...

Wonderful sights delight walkers at every turn in this culturally rich and charming part of Lisbon, which through its architecture reminds visitors of its Visigothic roots, Arabic influence and fishing port heritage.

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Semi-Private Alfama Walking Tour and Dinner with Live Fado Show
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Lisbon 4-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour Including Tram 28 Ride
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Old Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge neighbours 3-Hour Walking Tour

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Alfama is a real neighborhood. It is worth a walk around. You could get lost in these winding streets but it would give you the real feel of family and not of tourist. Take... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Alfama is a real neighborhood. It is worth a walk around. You could get lost in these winding streets but it would give you the real feel of family and not of tourist. Take some time. Photographers will have a field day. Turn around from the obvious view and check out those back streets.

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If you want to stay in Lisbon for more than 3 days, that's the perfect spot for an hostel or an apartment. Full of restaurants and bars, but quiet and safe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cool and unique shops and restaurants. Windy and hilly, but if you're up to it, it's worth it. You can also catch Tram 28 from here! Try to go to the huge flea market on Saturdays too.

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Attractive area with some great views and interesting sights such as the castle. Watch out for pick pockets here. It is very hilly but a tram goes there - the only problem is that the tram is often too full and is sometimes unreliable in turning up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get lost in the Alfama. It's what it's there for! Charming, fun and hilly, it's a great way to spend the afternoon.

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I just did not understand Alfama. Maybe we didn't find the right streets. There is lots of more interesting parts of town to visit and spend your time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Some of the best travel experiences happen through serendipity. When in Lisbon, wander and get lost in the narrow streets of Alfama to experience what life was in the days long gone where families shared a common courtyard and lived together. Experience some Fado music in one of the unique bars. We spent an afternoon just wandering in Alfama, getting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Alfama with its beautiful whitewashed houses with their red tiled roofs. It's a historical neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon. It was fun walking around it's winding streets, looking at the quaint houses. A number of restaurants that play Fado music are located in this neighborhood. A must do when you're in Lisbon!

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You really get the feeling of what Lisbon is all about as you wander around the cobbled streets up and down this area . Lots of lovely tile fronted buildings here and there and with lots of twists and turns on the narrow streets some nice surprises await

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it's an uphill downhill neighborhood with narrow streets, some of them in form of stairs, mind the cars, the proximity might feel dangerous. The neighborhood is packed with tiny taverns and restaurants, many of them showing live music for tourists, but if you want to listen to a really good fado, skip the chalkboard ads and ask the locals, this... More 

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Explore narrow streets and alleyways, small cafes and, of course, the internationally acclaimed Fado music. The earth-shattering Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the city but the contiguous neighborhoods of Mouraria, Castelo and Alfama remained standing to this day. These neighborhoods represent Lisbon at its historical best. The cool breeze of the Tagus river will take you up the hills to the sound of Fado, where you'll discover the best "tascas," eat delicious fresh fish and drink great wines. Discover hidden viewpoints and ancient traces of other civilizational ruins in the heart of the Portuguese capital. These are centuries-old neighborhoods that will welcome you to the very best of old Lisbon culture.
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