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What to see in Alfama Lisbon


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What to see in Alfama Lisbon

Scroll down for the TOP 15 Places to visit in Alfama!

Alfama is one of the most fascinating neighborhoods in the city of Lisbon. The old historical quarter around the castle, existing for more than 2000 years.
The Romans were here (you can still see the Roman Theater/Amphitheater Ruins in Alfama – See Below), but this was 2000 years ago.
Later came the Moorish occupation, that left space to build a fortification (castle) on top the hill. The population started to gather around the castle, and Alfama was born (AL-FAMA, Arabic Origin, from the Moorish Period).

After 400 years of Moorish occupation, in 1143 Portugal became an independent country. And the hilltop castle was rebuilt/renovated, transformed into the St. Jorge Castle. The Cathedral was built, and became one of the most important churches in Lisbon.

Centuries passed by, and the population increased and settled around the Alfama area, including the Jewish communities (you can still see the old Jewish Quarter, see below on 7).

Later, in 1755, a devastating earthquake of estimated intensity between 8.1 and 9.1, destroyed the city, and Alfama was not an exception.
Although it was not completely destroyed, it was devastating to this area of the city. The renovation came, and after 1755, the city was reborn, with the help of the Prime Minister Marques de Pombal.

Alfama is the place of Fado, the Famous Portuguese Music style, that you can still find in this area of the city.
Beautiful viewpoints, romantic restaurants set on small alleys, nice bars for a sunset drink of wine, and much more to see and explore in Alfama.
It’s central location in downtown Lisbon, 10/15min  walk from everything, makes this area unique. Safe, friendly and historic.
Come and see the beauty of Alfama! I have gathered a loist ofd TOP 15 Places to see in Alfama, take a look above.


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  1. Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa)
  2. St. Jorge Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge).
  3. St. Anthony Church/House (Igreja de Santo Antonio)
  4. Roman Theater/Amphitheater Ruins (Teatro Romano)
  5. Portas do Sol ViewPoint (Miradouro Portas do Sol)
  6. Senhora do Monte ViewPoint (Miradouro Senhora do Monte)
  7. Old Jewish Quarter (Judiaria de Lisboa)
  8. National Pantheon (Panteao Nacional) – Closeby
  9. Thieves Market/Flea (Feira da Ladra) – Closeby
  10. Graça Viewpoint (Miradouro da Graça)
  11. St. Vincent Church (Igreja Sao Vicente Fora)
  12. Fado Museum (Museu do Fado)
  13. Museum Saramago (Casa dos Bicos)
  14. Old Royal Fountain Building (Chafariz Del Rei)
  15. Fado Restaurants (to have dinner) 

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What to see in Alfama Lisbon


Founder/Owner of The Lisbon Guide, one of the major blog references in Portugal, established in 2014 and receiving every year 250.000 visitors from all over the world, looking to provide the best experiences in Portugal. In partnership with Portugal Magik for all private tours and transfers across Portugal, Gonzalo loves a good seafood meal at Monte Mar Cascais, and all from Michelin Chef Avillez. Favorite Hotel in Lisbon/Portugal, Penha Longa Resort by Ritz Carlton.

For over 15 years, Gonzalo have been helping thousands of travelers yearly to plan a perfect trip to Portugal. Based in Lisbon/Cascais and working in this field for over 20 years, with multiple ongoing projects. Also an avid TripAdvisor user level 6 with more than 300.000 readers worldwide.

Many years working also as a Private Guide of Lisbon, Sintra, Fatima, Porto, Douro Valley, Evora, and other locations in Portugal.

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