Barrio de Alfama

The Alfama district is one of the places not to be missed if you visit Lisbon. It is one of the most picturesque areas of the Portuguese capital. We will tell you some interesting details such as its origin or its most striking places. We also explain how to book a tour to see some of the buildings and gardens in this quirky neighbourhood.

Origin of the Alfama district

The origins of the Alfama district are lost in the past. There are traces of Roman, Visigothic, Arab and medieval constructions. Different cultures have left their mark on this exceptionally cosmopolitan area.

In the end, it was the Arabs who gave it the name that has survived to this day. They decided to call it al-hamma or alfamm. The translation is related to the baths or fountains that abounded in the area.

What to see in the Alfama district?

One could lose oneself in the streets of the Alfama district for days.Among the many activities that can be enjoyed are; entering into the its shops, enjoy the local dishes or have a drink in one of its bohemian bars, with Fado music playing in the background.

Another attraction of this neighbourhood is the tramway.. There is a power line that runs through the narrow streets and takes you to the highest point. There you will find the Castillo de San Jorge, a fortress in a perfect state of preservation and with breathtaking views. There are also other points of interest, such as Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa, which is the city’s cathedral and the oldest church of all.

You can’t miss the viewpoints you’ll find as you walk down the streets. One of the best is Portas do Sol, a large terrace with tables and bars where you can enjoy a soft drink or sangria, for example.

Also noteworthy is is the small viewpoint of Santa Lucía, which has very interesting views and is a charming place. It is largely tiled and, with a bit of luck, there will be a musician playing fado.. If you visit at the right time, you will see some cruise ships anchored at the mouth of the Tagus.

How to visit the Alfama district and not miss anything?

Among the tours we have at your disposal in Blue Emotion is the Alfama Quarter. Although you can do it on your own, a guided tour is the best way to make sure you don’t miss a single detail. You will see some of the emblematic places we have mentioned. In addition, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide, so you won’t miss a thing.

Search on our website for the Alfama Quarter tour. Indicate the day of the visit, the time and the number of people attending. We will be waiting for you at the meeting point with a light blue umbrella, so you won’t get lost.

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