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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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Semi-Private Alfama Walking Tour and Dinner with Live Fado Show
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Lisbon 4-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour Including Tram 28 Ride
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Old Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge neighbours 3-Hour Walking Tour

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Amazing Alfama

Spent part of our tuck tuck tour of the city here. Amazing cobbled streets, lovely little shops bars and restaurants. Free port tasting in the shop we stopped off in. Very old... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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St Helens
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent part of our tuck tuck tour of the city here. Amazing cobbled streets, lovely little shops bars and restaurants. Free port tasting in the shop we stopped off in. Very old fashioned Portuguese cobbled streets. Loved it.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking through alfama's narrow streets you'll find lots of small shops, cafés, tascas(bars). As Well as most places in Lisbon, very safe. Don't miss It. I Also recomend walking up to castelo de são Jorge.

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Bockenheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love old cities with old buildings, but especially old houses that have character and charm. You will find this here. I just got a new camera and we decided to go to Lisbon just for that chance of taking lots of pictures. With so many charming houses, winding narrow roads and the famous "28" tram you have great options.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In many ways the Alfama district represented what I love most about Lisbon. Its a place to just walk around, enjoy, and be in the light of the city. No need to worry about doing anything in particular, just enjoy the vibes of the area

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Thank Conner K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Alfama is an interesting section of Lisbon. Lots of hills and steps. Many little family restaurants offering delicious soups and fresh fish.

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Thank MaryBeth S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the real Lisbon and a must visit when you're in the city. Don't be disheartened with the negative reviews - just be careful with your belongings and you'll be fine! Alfama was the highlight of our trip. We avoided the tram journey after reading about all the pickpocketing but we wish we didn't!

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I loved this area of Lisbon. Small, diverted streets that lead to quaint restaurants and plazas. Walls coming to life with art at every corner and the beautifully tiled/mosaic streets and alleys. It is very romantic. It is a bit hilly in some parts so be prepared with some decent shoes but I promise that the charm of this area... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we had a great 4 night stay here - spent a couple day son the beach and a couple exploring the area. We walked, or took taxis to explore - car not necessary, but did limit where we could explore. Beach was great - we bought a couple beach towels (extra large) and rented a couple of chairs. People are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is Lisbon at its quirkiest: a labyrinth of steep streets draped over a hillside, full of interesting little shops and unadorned little cafes where locals outnumber tourists. An area full of character and without big monuments or museums, but with lovely viewpoints as compensation, where you can gaze over the tumbling roofs towards the river Tejo. You have not... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walk in the narrow streets of Alfama, have a fado experience and feel the music of Lisbon. This is the most traditional part of Lisbon. Great views and the cathedral to visit.

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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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