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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Address: Lisbon, Portugal
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A place you have to visit when in Lisbon

Lovely area to walk around. Lots of nice places to see and visit. you should plan for at least half a day with a stop to eat. The hills can be steep but if you are reasonably fit... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely area to walk around. Lots of nice places to see and visit. you should plan for at least half a day with a stop to eat. The hills can be steep but if you are reasonably fit it's fine.

Thank gisUk
Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very touristy, beautiful views, gorgeous bars and of course the fado. Enjoyed taking an air conditioned break in the fado museum before finding a cul de sac fado bar for some vinho Verde on the terrace. Beautiful. Walkable from town centre but a tad warm

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a must see in Lisboa. Spend the day at lea sure, between the Se Cathedral and St George's castle. Do nothing but take in the colors and shapes.

Thank greydrake
Central Serbia, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is the oldest part of Lisbon.Even in Romans time the first fortification was here. After demolition earthquake and tsunami in 1755 z. , when all other parts of Lisbon down was destroyed, only this part Alfama was not destroyed.So it is origial from times before 1755 y. It is looking old, old-fashioned,with narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Alfama is the oldest part of Lisbon. It gives you a clear picture how the people used to live. It was and still is a poor area. People live in small houses here. And that is also the reason why I love this area. These cute little houses, the streets.. It is so cute and romantic at the same time.... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can get lost in these tiny streets. A slice of working class neighborhood. Most interesting at the top of the hill at St. Jorge's castle. Also a Fado museum at the bottom of the hill.

Thank Terry H
Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our second stay in the Alfama, and it was super busy this time (in August) so forget a trip on the trams unless you want to queue for at least 40 mins. Lisbon out of season is a super place, great for couples to meander the narrow streets and pop into one of the numerous bars and cafes. For us... More 

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

crowded streets of tourists in August, trams impossible to get on, so be prepared to walk up the hilly streets rather than take the tram as the brochures lead you to believe is an option

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were taken here during our tuk tuk tour of lisbon. The driver/guide thought it warranted a stop off and walk around the tiny cobbled streets and I'm so glad he did. Steeped in history this is a lovely step back in time and a romantic, car free area full of intimate restaurants and bars. We were here during the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We rented a furnished apt. ffrom May-July 2016 so we got to know the neighborhood quite well. As others wrote, it's steep, and hilly with rough cobble-stone streets. You hear Fado music playing everywhere at night, tour groups passed under our window, construction was going on constantly. But, the bakery around the corner had the most delicous, crusty bread. There... 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.