Alfama

Alfama, Lisbon: Address, Phone Number, Alfama Reviews: 4.5/5

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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.
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  • Santa Apolónia • 7 min walk
  • Terreiro do Paço • 9 min walk
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LondonSeb
London, UK67 contributions
Lovely part of Lisbon, but hard on the legs!
May 2021
Stayed in Alfama last week for 3 nights at a rented flat. The Alfama part of Lisbon is probably the most typical and oldest part. It's amazing the walk around in the maze of small narrow streets.
Many amazing viewpoints too.

The only drawback is how steep some streets are, and it's easy to get lost. The main public transport available is the various "historical" trams (28 and 12 lines), but they are expensive if buying a single ticket (3 EUR per trip) and often crowded/full.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to buy a day travel card at the tram itself or online, only from Metro stations at the flat part of the city.

A 24 hour travel card is a must if you stay in Alfama and travel around Lisbon, and at only 6.4 EUR per day, it's a bargain (unlimited metros, buses, trams but no ferries). Alternatively, the Lisboa card aimed at tourists includes many museums but also public transports.

To save on money, I believe there is one bus line going to the castle, and that would be a much cheaper bus ticket than tram ticket. Bus is also much larger than the trams.
Written May 29, 2021
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Kiki1965
7 contributions
Charming and historical district
Apr 2021
This is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisboa and you can feel it, walking on the narrow streets enjoying the very particular way of living there.
Absolutely lovely the tiles decorating the facade of many buildings in Alfama as well as the clothes drying in front of the windows.
A must visit place for sure!!
Written April 19, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,233 contributions
Exploring the Alfama....
Mar 2020
We spent about 3 ½ hrs exploring the raddled charm of the Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest area and most historic area. This was enough time to catch the #28 vintage tram, see the castle and Santa Luzia church, check out the miradouros (lookout points), sample the local ginja and then walk back through the narrow, winding alleys and cobbled streets back home. There was plenty we missed out, esp the Cathedral and Sao Vicente de Fora monastery but you can’t do everything.
TIPS:
1. #28 TRAM - My best tip is to start by catching the #28 vintage tram so that you can walk back down (rather than up) through the very steep streets of the Alfama. There can be long lines for the tram so we made an early start. We also got on at Martim Moniz, the very first stop so we avoided the worst of the lines.
2. STARTING POINT - We went to the end of the tram line at Orique. In hindsight, this was a bit of a waste and we would’ve been better off jumping off at the panoramic viewpoint, Miradouro das Portas do Sol. It would’ve been a better point to start exploring.
3. MIRADOUROS – There are 2 fabulous lookouts within 1 min of each other. After stopping at the main one (Portas do Sol), we walked down to Santa Luzia, where there is a second lookout behind the church. An added bonus at this one is the beautiful panels of traditional azulejos tiles on the church walls.
4. ST JORGE CASTLE – next we walked uphill to the castle ruins (10-15 min). We didn't buy tickets to the towers and museum (you’d need to allow a lot more time for this), but you can still wander around inside the castle walls.
5. WALKING BACK DOWN – one of the best parts of the morning was picking our way back through the maze of whitewashed churches, crumbling buildings, narrow alleys and cobbled streets. From Portas de Sol, look for the stairs on Rua Norberto de Araujo and head down here. After that, we just followed our noses. A highlight was stumbling across a man selling home-made ginja in chocolate cups out of his front door. Who could resist?
Written February 9, 2021
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prguru2015
Salford, UK588 contributions
This must be one the most photographed spots in Lisbon
Dec 2020
Lovely place to stop with the kiosk bar placed so correctly for people to sit and enjoy the gorgeous view. If you are buying a pastel de nata on your walk up, do remember the shops closed dead on 1pm even if you have your money in your hand the door will close!
Written January 6, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,012 contributions
Alfama's warm spring...
Jan 2020
The romantic name Alfama comes from the Arabic al-Hama ("warm spring"). This had a direct meaning, not a metaphorical one - the Arabs built numerous baths here. After the expulsion of the Moors, the borders of Lisbon were limited to Alfama for a long time. However, there was not enough land and the prosperous aristocracy began to move from the resettled Alfama further down, leaving the area for the poor. A few centuries later, this played a cruel joke on the descendants of the settlers. The great earthquake of 1755, which destroyed Lisbon in places to the ground, affected only a few Alfama. The area was saved by rocks on which the Phoenicians began to build. The energetic Marquis of Pombal did not even repair what had been damaged, leaving the poor to their own devices. This made Alfama the most authentic area of Lisbon. You don't have to go on the Alfama, you have to walk on It. Streets and alleys turn into staircases, which turn back into streets winding down the slopes. Lazy cats, Laundry on the balconies, the smell of fish and the wind from the sea that blows the heat from the streets of Alfama in summer. Romance...
Written December 27, 2020
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Athens, Greece2,655 contributions
Beautiful part of city
Sep 2020 • Solo
Walked around here, beautiful buildings but walk up was all uphill, different avenues to explore here
Written November 25, 2020
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada2,996 contributions
An experience to savour
Feb 2020
In February despite cooler weather, the place was buzzing. There are great sights – churches like Santa Luzia, Our Lady of the Conception and Mary Magdalene; museums like Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva and the prison museum Aljube Resistencia e Liberdade. Close by but on the hill sits the imposing Sao Jorge Castle, an imperious lookout. The architecture harkens to a bygone era of Visigoths, Moors and Christian crusaders. With it comes the outdoor markets, hawkers, unique restaurants and an old-world charm. I was glad I visited even if it was very short. (Pre Covid-19 Experience)
Written November 15, 2020
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roula f
Jdeideh, Lebanon30 contributions
Amazing neighbourhood, home to the fado and then heart of Lisbon
Oct 2020
Not to be missed in Lisbon, the Alfama district. Beautiful buildings, amazing history and Fado music all over the place.
Written November 11, 2020
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June A
Surrey, UK2,213 contributions
The best place to stay
Nov 2019
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the narrow streets in the heart of this, the oldest and most authentic for tourists at least area in the city of Lisbon. Despite the relatively small size of this area there is heaps to do - you could spend half a day exploring or if you wanted to an entire week. Packed with narrow little streets, colourful murals and street art, restaurants, bars and yes, Fado clubs - there is so much to see and do here. As a lone female I never felt unsafe, day or night - and of course many of these streets are traversed by the famous Tram 28, which gives an altogeher different view.
Written October 18, 2020
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Ssetti
Hamburg, Germany3 contributions
Grate place.
Oct 2020
one of the fantastic place in down town lisbon area Alfama.
we are fully enjoyed . Test of food and drinks with fantastic atsmopare.
Written October 15, 2020
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