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Alfama

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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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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Explore a maze of narrow streets

We rode tram 12 to the top, explored Sao Jorge Castle then walked back into town and explored the narrow streets and alleys of Alfama. A wonderful way to spend ½ a day.

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Katy, Texas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We rode tram 12 to the top, explored Sao Jorge Castle then walked back into town and explored the narrow streets and alleys of Alfama. A wonderful way to spend ½ a day.

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London, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great, safe place to stroll and get lost in. Get ready to do a LOT of stairs! Find a quaint local restaurant, they are cheap friendly and helpful. When you are warn out find a busy street, hail a cab and be back at your hotel in 10 minutes for under €10.

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Rome, Italy
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215 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best thing to do to go to Alfama is to take the classic tram n. 28. I suggest to visit Alfama in a sunny day: priceless! I love to get lost in the narrow street with laundry hanging to dry and food smell. The real heart of Lisbon. Beautiful.

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A recommendation: visit it with the Lisboa Free Chill Out Tour Guide. Miguel will make you appreciate and love this place

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Explore the tiny winding streets, and follow the staircases, enjoy views of the city and river at every turn, watch the world go by from little cafes, and use the 2 free lifts.

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

ONe of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon. Really worth to have a snack there and enjoy view. It was quite crowded even in February so its not a perfect pace for romantic walk, but I can recommend for travelers, photographers, people who like to draw. The colours are amazing,

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Lisboa, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Alfama is rather special, if you are loooking for something special; it is 1 of the few surviving mediavel quarters with an islamic influence in its design, still inhabited in Europe. the extremelly narrow lanes and the characteristic inhabitants and their behaviour are unique, but that is IT.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely little streets and beautiful views of the river. Check out the market on a Saturday, but not everything is cheap, found some items cheaper in other places.

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Northallerton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can wander around the steep, narrow streets of the Alfama district and it feels that little has ever changed. you come upon colourful little squares and tiny bars selling ginjinha (cherry liqueur. it has a lovely atmosphere as you wander around. it is true that there are a lot of shops and restaurants trying to capture the tourist trade.... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went in January, very quiet, peaceful & the streets are cobbled and steep. You need good walking shoes. Trams plentiful.

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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.