I receive multiple requests with several questions asking if Alfama neighborhood is safe.
Most of my live I have lived in Lisbon, more than 20 years.
I know very well the city and its best places around. The tourism has changed a lot the city over the past 10 years. The boom of the tourism in the city over the past decade was overwhelming.
There are plenty of places in Lisbon where to stay, safe and central.
Alfama is one of the most historical areas of the city. Its located around the old Castle of St. Jorge (Castelo de Sao Jorge), on top of the hill.
Alfama is usually considered very safe, during day and night. The only concerning are pickpockets, but they are all over the city (well, all over Europe in fact).
My recommendations of best places to stay in Lisbon are Alfama and Chiado, although prices can often be more expensive than other areas outside central downtown Lisbon.
Try avoid areas such as Intendente, Anjos, and Martim Moniz. Although fine and safe during day period, tourists may not be much comfortable during dawn or night period.
Mouraria although being a very typical neighborhood of Lisbon, and very close to Alfama, its very safe during day, but some guests may not feel comfortable as well.
Bairro Alto is historical but extremely busy at night. Avoid Bairro Alto if your goal is to stay silent and quiet.
There are some other safe areas close to downtown (5/10/15min), if you wish to spend less money on accommodation: Baixa, Carmo, Estrela, Lapa, Av Liberdade.
Enjoy our beautiful city! Stay SAFE! Enjoy Lisbon and Alfama!
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