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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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what a area great!!

very nice area in lisbon a great place to visit very nice and authentic buildings.and friendly people around

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Terneuzen, The Netherlands
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Terneuzen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

very nice area in lisbon a great place to visit very nice and authentic buildings.and friendly people around

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice zone with narrow steep streets. Very traditional. People are extemely friendly. We visited on a grey day but i believe would be better on a sunny day

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Poznan, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What more can I say about this famous, old district of Lisbon that has not been said before? We just simply loved it and will, no doubt, come again. The steep streets, old buildings covered with their famous tiles-azulejos , lazy atmosphere, which only livens up at night starting in Fado restaurants and clubs in particular. It is squeezed between... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing place to stay, but be fit and ready this place is a hike everyday. Lots of hills, lots of cobblestones, the views will be remembered forever and old town Lisboa is just amazing. Stayed in an apartment in Alfama and on top of the hills and cobblestones it was a 4 story walk up, but again if you want... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The oldest part of Lisbon with small stone streets, local bars and restaurants and an ambiance that can't be beat. We stayed in a small two bedroom apartment on Beco de Mexia close to the Museu de Fado and it was great. Close to buses and the metro, Alfama is where we will stay in future.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Alfama is a typical portuguese neighbourhood were you can enjoy awesome views over the city. We can see also people always trying to help tourists with directions even if they don't speak good English.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Narrow streets nestled on the hillside with Many restaurants and fado singers, a 20 min walk to the main square. We stayed near the Pantheon and had a great view of it.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Alfama district is great for walking. Fantastic photo opportunities everywhere you turn. A must do.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In addition to visiting the Castle of St. George, and strolling along the Tacado Jarbin do Tobaccos near the waterfront, I would suggest a visit to the neaby Tile Museum. There are plenty of excellent bakeries and coffee shops in the area to grab a traditional pastel de nat or a Bola de Berlim, and Santi Ice Creams at Ruado... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's very easy to get lost in Alfama, so take your time to explore it. When you hear the Fado music you know you are in the heart of the oldest district of the city.

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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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