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Alfama

Lisbon, Portugal (Baixa)
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Ranked #12 of 214 attractions in Lisbon
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining
Owner description: Wonderful sights delight walkers at every turn in this culturally rich and charming part of Lisbon, which through its architecture reminds visitors of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The location may be confusing to get around, but enjoy it's charm, it's unique, fun, interesting and great place to take pictures. Try to see a Fado show in this area also, this is where it all started many years ago. Well worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

"Get lost in Alfama" was what someone recommended to me. It's a neighbourhood with a lot of winding streets and hills. It's beautiful! A lot of history to it too. A few Fado clubs and small bars(?)- They're just little shops that serve alcohol... maybe could even call them cafes. I absolutely love Ginjinha which is a cherry liqueur -... More

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Zaragoza, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We ventured into the famous Alfama district. Surprisingly, many buildings are either in disrepair or under construction. Possibly signs of crisis. Some nice art stores, a few nice cafes. Plenty of tourists. I would pick Barro Alto ahead of Alfama, much more life.

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Alfama is one of the areas where the city of Lisbon first was born. It's a must see, also because it has the Castelo di S. Jorge and the Sé of Lisbon. You can get lost in the tiny streets and find many interesting shops. For the "fado" restaurants, there are better areas: here they are usually expensive and non... More

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Took the Street Tram up to Alfama and after visiting the Monastery and Pantheon started wondering the streets on the way back down to Commerce Square. Got lost a couple of times, but it was an adventure and fun. Enjoyed the narrow the alleys and outdoor cafes along the way.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Alfama is definitely worth the visit. You feel like you're experiencing "real" Lisbon when you're in Alfama. The streets are all narrow and pretty dark (at night) but you never feel unsafe, even though much of the area is in "disrepair" and there is a fair amount of graffiti. I don't know if it's every Sunday morning (?) but Easter... More

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Vantaa, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

There are much more than Sao Jorge castle to see in Alfama. Much narrow streets, interesting shops, local bars.

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lisboa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

i just love this little neighbourhood with it narrow little streets and alleys, where no matter which map you've bought, you will surely get lost!! but don't worry! that's the beauty of Alfama. put away the map, listen to people talking, listen to the fado music comig from the cafeterias, feel the smell of the fresh flowers everywhere... And whenever... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I stayed in a hostel in Alfama so walked around the area a lot during my stay. There are some really amazing views to take in just walking around. It feels like a real, authentic Portuguese neighborhood. It would be a real shame to not check it out while in Lisbon as it's so close to the city centre.

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

You can reach it by foot after the last stop of the blue line metro or by tram. The atmosphere and is great and each building deserves careful observation of the architectural details and the tiles that cover the facades as is traditional Portuguese. Prices for souvenirs and foods are generally higher than the rest of Lisbon.

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