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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  • Ali K
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not impressed
    Got the yellow hop on hop off bus and was not impressed. Felt they missed out on the areas we wanted to visit - fenicular, castle, palace, viewing points. Also booked just for the Saturday trip which showed up on the app, however when got to bus found I'd paid for three days. Will try to get a refund but unsuccessfgul so far in finding where to do this. The inforamtion given was that you could use your ticket to go on a river cruise and use the fenicular but did not advance any on this inforamtion.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • ELIZABETH NYAERA
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A charming stroll through the historic neighborhood
    I absolutely loved exploring Alfama! This charming neighborhood is full of history and character, and I felt like I stepped back in time as I wandered through the narrow streets and alleyways. There are plenty of traditional shops, cafes, and restaurants to discover, and the views of the city from the hilltops are breathtaking.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 4 May 2023
  • DanTrav9
    Colorado Springs, Colorado29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gorgeous, old part of Lisbon that's ALIVE
    Narrow, twisting streets (Paths? Alleys?? Walkways??? - not sure what to call them when their only 8 feet wide but travelled by vehicles and pedestrians alike! This area is so interesting and vibrant and OLD! We have no idea in the U.S. what old really means. Delicious food, beautiful old buildings, scenic views. This area is VIBRANT! Don't miss when you visit Lisbon!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • SassyLass7
    Toronto, Canada229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see!
    We spent a day here and I would have come back if time permitted. A must see in Lisbon. Many sights and shops to take in. If you don't enjoy walking and steep sidewalks then perhaps this isn't for you.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Filip H
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic soul of Lisbon
    Alfama stole my heart! This historic district in Lisbon is just beautiful. Strolling through narrow streets, listening to music, floating from local bar to local bar. Great vibe - must-visit
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Michael K
    1,002 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and scenic place with lots of hiking up and down hills
    This hilly district is the location of Castelo de Sao Jorge, a must-see attraction in Lisbon. Besides the view at the castle, there are many other viewpoints in this area, with the best view at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Unfortunately this area is not served by the Metro. For public transportation, take tram 28 or 12 and prepare to do a lot of hiking up and down hills.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 June 2023
  • jd3sai
    Houston, Texas405 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, China1,60,110 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, Alabama215 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, Tennessee1,480 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
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Pietro J
Toronto, Canada373 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
40 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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Andrew Z
New York278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wondering through the narrow street of Alfama around the Castelo de Sao Jorge is always a fun. Narrow, steep curve streets with a lot of surprises like mosaics, paintings.
We did not enter the castle, but we walked around and we enjoy it.
Written 3 April 2024
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Meghann
Providenciales8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Alfama was my favorite place in Lisbon. Lots of authentic artisans from Portugal, great walking and beautiful scenery.
Written 29 March 2024
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christine s
Stourbridge, UK690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We walked through this area to the river front,Fado resteraunts,traditional appartment in cobbled winding streets,step,slopeing narrow roads,bars,cafes,ladies hanging out the washing on wires drawing then across the fronts,to dry,lots small shops,then the river,heaving with boats of all sorts,cruisers,tankers,tourist ferries,superb views.This is old Lisbon.
Written 24 March 2024
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK1,632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very picturesque area of Lisbon. Very hilly. We enjoyed our little walking tour of the area despite the fact that it was pouring with rain. We saw the cathedral and the viewing points. Didn’t make it as far as the castle as we were soaked.

The older style trams are lovely.

Highly recommended. Worth going out of your way for.
Written 24 March 2024
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VickyLargs
Largs, UK179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I wish I had more time to wander about. We first explored a bit of Alfama on our first day in Lisbon when we took tram 28 from Martin Moniz and got off at Portas do Sol to watch a beautiful sunset while sipping some wine. We then walked our path down through Alfama but it was getting dark and I felt we need to return at day time. Next day we took a brilliant Chill Out Free Walking tour and the guide took us to the less touristy parts of Alfama which was a great experience finished by the amazing views when we reached Castelo de Sao Jorge viewpoint. What I think we missed out is just taking our time ourselves to breathe the atmosphere of the old Alfama. We need to come back!
Written 15 February 2024
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Eli K
Brooklyn, NY646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful part of Lisbon to get lost in. Such a nice charm to this neighborhood. Not every “street” is stroller friendly, as not every street has a ramp. You might have to take the stairs up/down. Also some elevators might not be in service.
The top of the area has Castelo S Jorge. And it also has beautiful views of the city.

Alfama is the old Jewish Quarters of the City (before they were expelled).
Written 5 February 2024
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Chantel A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Surprisingly boring… attractions not worth the extremely hilly walk… it’s run down but not in a cute quaint way. Other then looking at a few buildings it is defo not worth coming too. Food is same old same old… nothing super tasty. Once you have see the view that’s it. Google it… what you see is all there is too see 😭. We stayed in the Evolution hotel near Cascais… much better spot, hotel was amazing. It was warmer than expected which was great. The local beach was lovely. Portugal is great for a couple weekend away but there are so many better places in the world. We were sadly underwhelmed. If you love graffiti back ya bags, you’ll love it 🫣 oh and people are super lovely and it feels very safe here.
Written 5 February 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
OK, it's time to get lost. Allow yourself the freedom to just wander aimlessly with time on your hands and you will discover the pleasures of this very old hillside neighborhood in Lisbon. One of the original settlements, long been full of very narrow streets with steep narrow houses. Take a tram or cab or elvador up to the top and wander down. Walk slowly and notice everything. The area is changing with the big invasion of tourists, but it's still worth a slow visit. Stop and have a drink outside.
Written 3 December 2023
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