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Alfama

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
As featured in 3 Days in Lisbon and 2 other guides
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Address: Lisbon, Portugal
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Lisbon Sunset Small-Group Walking Tour with Fado Performance
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Semi-Private Alfama Walking Tour and Dinner with Live Fado Show
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Lisbon Off The Beaten Track and Main Sights Private Walking Tour

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the oldest part of Lisbon

it was a sunny day and I decided to walk around Lisbon so i put my trainers on and wandered around town. I ended up here in Alfama which i absolutely loved... the oldest part of... read more

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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

it was a sunny day and I decided to walk around Lisbon so i put my trainers on and wandered around town. I ended up here in Alfama which i absolutely loved... the oldest part of the city, beautiful views. I stopped here for lunch. I recommend taking the tram up here and wander around by foot on the way... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did a tour of Lisbon by an electric powered Tuk Tuk. Our guide was very knowledgeable and his English was excellent. We opted for the tow hour tour as it was on offer and he took us to a number of places in LIsbon including Alfama and all of the excellent viewpoints. He also gave us sound advice on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Alfama district is the most beautiful area in Lisbon. You wilö get lost here, and actually that's actually the purpose. This way you'll explore wonderful streets, restaurants and cafes etc that you would not find otherwise.

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Beautiful views, ceramic shops, caffes & restaurants, churches, a very pintoresque location you can not miss.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Charming narrow streets with the smell of food specialties...especially grilled fish! Restaurants in a variety of prices, as well as styles...the most typical being fado - the wonderful soul felt music of the Portuguese heart. Well worth breathing (and eating) it all in!

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Don't be afraid. Get lost in this amazing maze of streets, steps, little squares, lanes, courtyards. In the end you will aways find your way by just walking downwards till you reach the ocean front. And if you get hungry, thirsty and tire, you always find a small tavern or shop of cafe.

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Walking through this area after catching one of the Trams to the castle at the top of the hill is a must-do if visiting Lisbon. Lots of old world charm.

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This area survived the great earthquake of 1755 and was planned to be demolished during the city rebuild, it is our fortune that they didn't. We loved cruising the tight and some what hilly streets, worth the tired legs. Seeing the roman ruins at Teatro Romana Alfama was a high point for us, as we are lovers of old/ancient sites.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Alfama is the old area of Lisbon. The winding streets will lead you to interesting places. We took a "Tuk-tuk" (auto rickshaw) tour from Praça do Comércio to the highest peak in Alfama. It was a rough and tumble ride, but we did get a marvelous view from the top. Along the way, we got to see some live Fado... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

History came alive to us during a stroll through these ancient streets. The smells of the cafes are as captivating as the artwork and life among these narrow streets.

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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.
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