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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Alfama neighbourhood

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Alfama neighbourhood.

Alfama neighbourhood features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Lisbon City Guide5-day Lisbon City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Picturesque views
  • Charming neighborhood

Time required: 60 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 28: Largo Das Portas Do Sol stop


Things you need to know:

  • Alfama is Lisbon's oldest and most emblematic quarter. The neighborhood's Arabic-sounding name suggest that its history dates back to Moorish times
  • The quarter retained its medieval street plan and atmosphere. Its hard bedrock foundation saved Alfama from much damage in the earthquake of 1755
  • The area is characterized by narrow cobbled streets, tiny squares, churches, and pastel houses with drying laundry, birdcages and colorful flower on their balconies
  • The name of Alfama comes from the Arabic word 'al-hama' meaning spring or bath, a reference to hot springs in the area
  • The neighborhood is becoming a more and more important Fado quarter with many Fado houses. Fado is a traditional Portuguese music genre
  • Alfama offers breathtaking views of the city and romantic picture-ready scenes

What to do there:

  • Wander around on the beautiful narrow streets
  • Explore a couple of viewpoints to admire the postcard-perfect views

Tips & Insights:

  • Be prepared for hilly streets

Alfama neighbourhood features in these preplanned City Guides: