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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
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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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Alfama per tuk tuk

A wise way to visit Alfama is per tuk tuk due to the climbing. The oldest area of Lisbon is getting renovated step by step. Beautiful houses, panoramic views, archeology, Fado... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

A wise way to visit Alfama is per tuk tuk due to the climbing. The oldest area of Lisbon is getting renovated step by step. Beautiful houses, panoramic views, archeology, Fado Museum,... Nice area with own identity

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a must for anyone who goes to Lisbon. You are no longer a tourist, just someone enjoying the ambiance of the area. Steeped in history, you'll be transported to another time and place, while still in the present. Like so many wonderful places in Europe with their narrow cobblestone streets and inhabited by little local shops (no malls... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Fantastic and atmospheric area just through away the map and keep walking about if you get lost just head downhill you'll turn up,at somewhere you know. Good wee bars and eateries dotted throughout this area. Wear your trainers as it's very uneven ground and extremely hilly

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful sights delight walkers at very turn in this culturally rich and charming part of Lisbon, Whitch trough its architecture reminds visitors of its vesighotic roots, Arabic influence and fishing port heritage.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Alfama is a very wonderful part of Lisboa where Portuguese life feels very authentic. By far one of the best places to eat, I highly recommend visiting this area.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

As per our local guide, if the 1755 earthquake had not destroyed the complete city, all areas would have looked like Alfama part. This was the only area which wasn't ruined in the earthquake. The houses are positioned randomly to avoid any animal entry in the residents living area. Some of the spots in the city, provide perfect views and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

I visited Alfama as part of a walking tour and it was my favourite place in Lisbon. I loved just wandering through the windy streets and getting lost. We even bought some Ginjinha from a lady selling it out of her shop window for 1 €! Not to miss.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

I loved the narrow winding streets. My wife found it oppressive. Not for the claustrophobic I guess. There is a surprise around every corner. Be prepared for some real exertion on these steep, cobblestone walkways.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

It's my favourite part of Lisbon. The district of poor but happy people. There's a lot of different local cosy restaurants with good and cheap food but you won't find them in the main streets of Alfama. You have to enter all the narrow streets to find them. The narrower the better. Everything which is located in the main streets... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

This was interesting but not a must see place for me. Maybe it was the rainy day that dampened my enthusiasm. It was fun to see the narrow streets and how families had to adapt to the area but meh!

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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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