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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Lisbon, Portugal
Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Reviewed today via mobile

Whilst in Lisboa, this is a must. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the narrow steep streets of the Alfama. Great vibe

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Colleen M
Reviewed today

Quaint little trails leading to the castle and monastry - you'll get lost but it is worth it to find boutique Portugese shops, cute venues for food and drink and to see the locals with their Cherry shots.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ashleigh_Auld89
Reviewed today

Steep but magical - take the Discovery Walking Tour from outside the castelo Sao Jorge Arch. Caterina was a great tour guide.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jeparfitt
Reviewed today

We took a guided walking tour of Alfama for two persons booked at the Lisbon Welcome Center....but I think you can do just as well on your own. It was 35 euros (US$44)/person for a 3 hour tour. Save your money and buy a good...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank WC-Travelers-75
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we stayed in the Alfama neighborhood when we were in Portugal and it is a very old and hilly neighborhood. There wasn't a lot exciting to see there unless you just want to walk through cobblestone roads in an older European city.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kiersteng
Reviewed 2 days ago

so special and diferent of the other neighbourhoods in Lisbon. A really nice walk, and special attention to fanstastic places to ear Fado.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Alfama is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisbon. It is located by the St Jorge Castle in one of the hills. Its is composed of small streets, lovely little plazas, alleyways, corners and mews that open into some of the most breathtaking verandahs over...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PuntaMitaMiguel
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an area every tourist shall visit. Narrow streets, many only for walkers. Historic, fantastic sight views, bars and restaurants.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MGTeixeira2015
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Alfama is the oldest part of Lisbon. Built originally by the Moore’s it predates 1179 when they were expelled from Portugal. It’s narrow winding streets are fascinating to explore. Wide enough for a cart and horse, or small buggy, some streets are only stairs. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Manazefa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic place to visit from May til end of summer, the best month is June, come to here, you can find the best Sardinhas+wine+fantastic environment and people around

Date of experience: June 2018
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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
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February 14, 2019|
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Response from pearsandmonkeys | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately there are no fairy-tale castles in Alfama. You can visit Pena Palace (about a 45 minute drive) as a suitable day trip to get that fix or combine with a visit to the Castle of the Moors. If you're looking to... More
December 5, 2018|
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Response from יוסי ג | Reviewed this property |
You can explore the Alfama neighborhood using the blue line of the Lisbon metro, starting from the Baixa-Chiado climbing down to the river, or from Terreiro do Paco (the big Commerce Square). A third option is to continue to... More
December 5, 2018|
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Response from ripovica | Reviewed this property |
Everything is in walking distance, so enjoy a few hours of beautiful scenery.
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Alisa S
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How to get to Fronteira palace and other questions (2 Replies)
Hi, I am planning my first trip to Portugal in April 2014. I am rather short of time, but I still consider visiting Fronteira palace. is there any way to get there except taxi? What can be an average price from marques de Pombal square by taxi? And another question, I've read that area around Alfama is rather dangerous in the evening. Is that really so? I was sure that it's a very touristy place. In fact, I may be there in the evening only if I go to a fado performance, but ...
October 06, 2013|
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Thank you very much!
Transportation Lisbon to Albufiera (2 Replies)
We are heading to Albufiera resort in a few weeks and would like your feedback about best way to travel there - train? bus? Any and all suggestions are helpful. Specifics appreciated. We are staying in Alfama, then heading to Albufiera. Thank you.
March 25, 2018|
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Belem or Alfama? (12 Replies)
I am going to be in Lisbon for the day from 8am till 6pm in April.Will i have time to go to Belem to see the monastery and tower,and also go to Alfama to see the castle?If not where would recommend going out the 2 please?Any anywhere else in our short time there?
December 18, 2017|
Response fromNoraatc|
I think you will have enough time for the two of them, if you take a taxi from the St.Jeronimo Monastery to the Castelo São Jorge. And do pre-book online your tickets to the Monastery.