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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Address: Lisbon, Portugal
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Medieval Lisbon and good exercise

The old Alfama district contrasts markedly with the grid-layout of the 18th-century Baixa. It is a colorful area that also offers the opportunity to walk up the steep and... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2016
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

The old Alfama district contrasts markedly with the grid-layout of the 18th-century Baixa. It is a colorful area that also offers the opportunity to walk up the steep and twisting lanes.

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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Small streets, small houses, a few restaurants. Nice to walk through and splendid views over the city.

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Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Alfama is set at the inner city of Lisbon. Full of visitors and lots of walking!! To get on board the cable card you will need to obtain the metro card on any station first. The line is busy but is worth the wait!! The cable car will take you places the "Tuk-Tuk" will not. Reach the top of Alfama... More 

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Reviewed 13 June 2016

This is the oldest and most interesting district in the city - originally inhabited by the Moors, obviously its name is Arabic. Delightful maize of narrow sometimes very steep streets which leads from the city upto St George's Castle. Although once had a great status in the city it is now a trendy area of Lisbon. One way through Alfama... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

We were disappointed with the overall appearancestors of the area due to many building works in progress, also the area did not meet our expectations at all,Porto is much better

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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

This place is the best district to explore the proper Lisbon. We stayed around the time of the fezzie of st Antonio and partied until dawn with the locals. Must go if you love sardines and want to see the real lisboa.

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San Antonio
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

A great area for walking and exploring "authentic" Lisbon. Still not too spoiled by tourism. Great restaurants, historical buildings, and great opportunities for some excellent photography.

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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

The area is great way to get some nice views. If you're not in shape when you get there, you will be when you leave. Lots of areas to explore up and down steep streets.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

If you are in Lisbon, Alfama is a must do. Old style and charming. You will see a real Lisbon here! There are many nice restaurants and coffee shops around

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Reviewed 11 June 2016

This part of Lisbon is well worth exploring. You need to be fairly fit as the streets are steep and I noticed that a number of people take a TukTuk tour to get around. The views from the various Miradouros in this area are amazing. I loved the narrow streets and the party feel during this last weekend when there... More 

Thank Sus1952

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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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