Alfama
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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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  • jd3sai
    Houston, Texas400 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stayed here, Loved it!
    Cute neighborhood - we stayed here while in Lisbon, and so worth it! Sure it would have been nice to stay closer to city center, but glad we didn't because we really got to see local life. We made sure to find a place close to the metro (3 stops to Rosso central area) to make it easier. We booked an apartment 2 bd, 1 ba. Right below us was a bar that was so lively at night, we had to experience it one night and it was so fun! Just hanging out on the street. We ate at a few restaurants in the neighborhood too, saw a concert that was happening in the alfama square (outside the baracade) haha. It was such an amazing area. If you don't stay, still go check it out!
    Visited September 2022
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming district in Lisbon
    We recently visited Lisbon and enjoyed being in the Alfama district several times during that trip. The district is quite hilly with winding narrow streets and lanes lined with cobblestones, weaving through tightly aligned homes, little shops with their quaint white walls and bronze ceilings, only interrupted by the occasional bit of street art, a cat, a small square with simple but likely centuries old church or miradouro viewpoint with jaw-dropping views of the city. You can easily spend a couple hours meandering through the lower part of Alfama, taking in the occasion eatery, bar or old housewife selling Ginja shots from her doorway. It is all rather charming and atmospheric. Do make sure to walk along Rua do Limoeiro as well, this is where you find the the best miradouros on higher elevated grounds. There are impressive churches to see along this street as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • JYarba
    Huntsville, Alabama214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Hills of Old Lisbon
    Alfama is a riot of sight and sound, crowded avenues and tiny crooked alleyways. It's the real Old Lisbon, with plenty of eating, shopping, and photogenic vantage points down every street. I only dock it one point for being the only place over the course of a week in Portugal that I ever felt mildly unsafe after a fairly aggressive guy approached my group and started shouting and following us for about a block.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Part Of Lisbon
    We enjoy seeing old neighborhoods of European cities. These unique areas are a treasure to explore. Narrow street and interesting architecture lends to the charm. Not seeing strip malls and the same stores and restaurants like in the USA is a nice, welcoming change. We found the streets steep and the stone/tile that is so worn and slick can be problematic. It’s everywhere we walked. So good walking shoes are a must. April was a great time to go.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Exploration825771
    51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Alfama
    Wat a diff experience of the Real Lisbon. Iv never seen ppl live THIS close by to e/other & streets THIS narrow. A tuk tuk tour is perfct thru for touring ths little district. A must see
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,960 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
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    The area is nice. Let's not go crazy here. It's nice but not NICE! Lisbon itself has so many streets and if you don't go down them, you won't see what's there. Sounds like an obvious statement but my point is that you can't do all of them......you simply can't. So i reckon we missed a few statues or a few charming buildings in this area alone. There are nice views from high up, various street buskers, charming buildings, attractions such as museums,churches, the cathedal and more.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Maryam K
    Leicester, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Postcard pictures
    Really quaint and representative of all the postcard pictures you see of Lisbon. Streets are paved with slippy mosaic like stones and they are a steep climb up. Views from the castle are amazing. Buy tickets online first though.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Gjøran S
    Harstad, Norway287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small steep alleys, you want to get lost!
    Small steep alleys, nice shops and small cozy restaurants. A random serenade from a balcony and small cultural events in the streets. Had a really good time in this district, but wear comy shoes!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • dan j
    Port Coquitlam, Canada810 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would Love to Return
    Really enjoyed this part of the city, the steep winding streets were great. The Metro day pass saved us a lot of uphill hiking, highly recommend getting a pass right away when you start your sightseeing. Available at any metro station, the VIVA Viagem card just takes a minute to buy and is good for all buses, metro, trams and elevators in Lisbon.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • jlmpa85
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lisbon Forever Ancient and New
    We wandered through the Alfama and discovered a ruined Roman Amphitheatre archaeology site, so cool. The narrow streets and alleys were wonderfully decorated with Moorish tiles and quaint balconies hung with laundry. We didn't hear Fado music but you could imagine city life here happening from medieval times forward. We later had a tuk tuk tour through the same are and discovered 11th century churches, mansions, and overlooks with grand views of the city and harbor. Alot of walking but so worth it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
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Debra R
Rogers, MN519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was by far our favorite neighborhood to visit. Do not have any expectations and just plan to wander and get lost! You come to a different fork in the road and choose to go left or right. Everyone within this neighborhood is so very friendly and lovely. We found the neighborhood with a private tour guide however it happened to be on the night of a huge festival. We visited with the guy during the day. We loved the neighborhood so much decided to go back ourselves during the evening we could not have loved it more. I will forever. Keep those memories in my mind of that wonderful evening in this neighborhood.
Written 15 June 2024
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Cornelius C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Need more than 2 hours its a wonderful place go ib June for the sardine festival ( one month long ) freshest sardines I have ever tasted.
Written 9 June 2024
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Archana M
Bengaluru, India36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We did the Sandeman's tour of Alfama with Bruno. He made the steep walk up to the castle interesting and fun. He was full of little pieces of trivia that brought the area alive! A great way to understand the cultural nuances of Alfama.
Written 5 June 2024
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France818 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Got here by initially visiting the Castle and then walking down toward the Praca do Comercio..
An interesting walk but I have seen better and more interesting old towns on my journeys.
Very steep all the way.
Written 3 June 2024
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,831 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Alfama is a district in Lisbon with alleyways and cobbled streets and lots of steps and hills and it was like a maze, once your in it it’s hard to find your way back out and although I’m sure it would be beautiful during the day and there were aspects that were beautiful like the panoramic views at dusk but we went out later and it was more scary and intimidating than anything else and we couldn’t find a taxi so felt stranded and far from our hotel and the locals were not very helpful or friendly so we didn’t have the best experience to be honest. I would choose to spend more time in barrio alto than Alfama but that’s just me!
Written 31 May 2024
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Tina P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
if you stay in Lisbon, try and stay here - I had selected this area primarily bc I was staying at the hotel that is part of the Santa Apollonia railway station and it was very convenient but it was also the nicest, most authentic area - I walked the hilly cobbled streets and saw the most beautiful buildings, churches, stores, etc on every street. Bought some local art, ate food you only dream about! and all for very little money!
Written 29 May 2024
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abmilw
Milwaukee, WI691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
when is lisbon - one of the touristy areas you want to see. just walk around the various streets, nice area to stroll around.
Written 26 May 2024
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lucycan
San Diego, CA3,497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Alfama is the neighborhood just east of downtown. Its a hilly area. Small winding streets. Cable cars. Cathedral. Amazing views of the city and the river. High rents. Quaint cafes. We LOVED it.
Written 3 May 2024
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Pietro J
Toronto, Canada362 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
One of the original neighborhoods of Lisbon and many of the building survived the earthquake of 1755. Steep streets, stairways and courtyards, alleys, fine old houses next to tiny houses., bars, restos, washing hanging, little stores.
Is slowly being modernized but generally looks dilapidated.
Bring your walking shoes and be prepared to wander or take a hop on, hop off bus.
St Anthonys church is maybe worth a visit.
Written 15 April 2024
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Megan B
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I took an afternoon walking tour of the beautiful, historic Alfama neighborhood and would highly recommend it to others interested in learning the history of the neighborhood, seeing breathtaking views of the city, and learning more about the Portuguese culture with special insights into Alfama living. I did the free Sandeman’s tour with Nuno after taking his free Lisbon city center history tour the day before. So glad I did! The content was new, and he pointed out things that I otherwise wouldn’t have known if I had explored the area by myself like the oldest home in Alfama, a back route view of Castelo de S. Jorge to save on entry, where the best spots are to hear fado, where to get ginjinha, and more. An afternoon well spent!
Written 5 April 2024
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