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Alfama
Alfama

Alfama

9.175 reviews
Sights and Museums, Neighbourhood
Ranked #4 in Lisbon things to do
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Treat yourself to a magical and unique experience by visiting the beautiful city of Alfama, located in Portugal. Walk through the beautiful, maze-like streets of Alfama to experience the true ... Read more
atmosphere of Lisbon. Take in the breath-taking views of this magical city, full of windy, cobblestone streets, as well as lively cultural activities. Satisfy your taste buds with some delicious Portuguese food and dance the night away at famous music clubs. Sign up for a walking tour to learn all about the historic events which have occurred within this amazing city. Book a stay at the luxurious hotel located below the impressive castle for an unparalleled experience.

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Faro

500 m walking distance from the apartment. This is the next neighborhood and most typical. Here you will find restaurants and bars were you'll be able to listen the famous Fado.

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Lapa dos Dinheiros

The Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning "hot fountains" or "baths".It contains many important historical attractions, as well as an abundance of Fado bars and restaurants.

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Brooklyn

This lovely hillside neighborhood is overrun with tourists but is a must-see. The hoards are closest to the castle and relatively easy to escape.

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Ottawa

Incredible neighbourhood to explore and get lost in. Old buildings and twisting alleyways

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Glasgow

Historic district of Lisbon clustered on the slopes of the castle hill. Easy to get lost in the narrow lanes and dead end streets so make sure to keep an eye on the maps and street names. Quite, charming and peaceful it makes for a nice afternoon stroll.

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Macclesfield

Alfama is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Europe they are a lot of tourists now! but you still can find typicalty little places with full of history.

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Leeds

The place to go for authentic Fado music and a jaunt into history. Lison's oldest quarter, Alfama is carved into the hillside, where picturesque streets wind labyrinth-like past bars, restaurants and houses. Catch the 28 tram here, or take a walk and get lost among the many streets and laneways.

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Pittsford

This is the oldest section of Lisbon. We went up to the castle by the old tram and then walked back down through this area. It almost seems like you are going back in time when you pass down through the streets.

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Dublin

Region of Lisboa that's located along the beautiful coastline next to Cais do Sodre, highly vibrant district with plenty of shops and delicious foodie places even into depth of the night. I overheard a guide recommending Alfama as 'the location to go' if one was to wander around Lisboa on their own. This is also the Lisboa destination for Cascais train line, we stumbled upon Mercado da Ribeira Time Out after getting off the train and had some of the best seafood around. This is perhaps one of the very few locations in Lisboa that I seen packed with locals, definitely worth a visit. There are also a few famous Fado restaurants in this region.

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Stuttgart

a must if you are in lisboa, there are a lot of Fado Bars, some are realy good if you go downhill not direct to the city

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Paranaque

This is the historical soul of Lisbon with its breathtaking scenery and a medieval maze, truly a village within a city. Here you can still find the old trams operating and I loved riding them!

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São Miguel (Lisbon)

You'll be staying right in the heart of this neighborhood, one of the most typical places to see in Lisbon. Alfama, whose name comes from the arabic word, meaning the fountain, is the only mediaeval quarter in Lisbon, that still keeps its old world charm. In Alfama, also traditionally known as the birthplace of the "Fado", one can have the sense of living in times gone by. It has an atmosphere of its own, still maintaining a sense of community difficult to keep in a big city. Alfama was my birthplace, and is for me one of the most magical places I know.

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Sydney

Must walk thru this area. Take your time and enjoy. Easily combined with a trip to the Sao Jorge Castle.

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Chicago

I've never enjoyed getting lost as much as I did here, and it's easy to do! You can find some great little cafes and hole-in-the-wall restaurants winding through this neighborhood's streets.

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Santander

A must see if you come to Lisbon! I loved just wandering around the streets and seeing all of the old buildings, beautiful tiles, and enigmatic colors that bombard you throughout the neighborhood.

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Palma de Mallorca

Alfama is the old part of town that leads up to the castle. It's fun to take a trolley through Alfama, but it's also a great place to walk very slowly because everything is so beautiful.

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Moura Morta, Coimbra, Portugal

After the castle, get lost on your way downhill through the streets of Alfama, the really old part of Lisbon. Don't bother with a map!

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Granada
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"Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the Castle of Lisbon and the Tejo river. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning fountains or baths.
During the times of Moorish domination, Alfama constituted the whole of the city, which later spread to the West. Alfama became inhabited by the fishermen and the poor, and its condition as the neighbourhood of the poor continues to this day. The great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake did not destroy the Alfama, which has remained a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares" in Wikipedia

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Faro

GOOD RESTAURANTS AND FADO

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Vila Franca de Xira

Love this place! I've already been there a few times and just love it! The narrow streets, stone stairs, and the general enviroment are just amazing!

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Aliases: Streets and Stairways of Alfama

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