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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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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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A walk in the Alfama

On a clear crystal Monday morning through afternoon, we walked all along the Alfama district from he commercial district throuigh the dock area and all around this old town... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

alfama is great if you want to see the life in lisbon.. the market is a nice place to get the culture but theres really nothing to buy... the trip up the hill is long and kinda hard, but when you see the city from the top of the hill- its worth it

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Lincoln Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

On a clear crystal Monday morning through afternoon, we walked all along the Alfama district from he commercial district throuigh the dock area and all around this old town. While the area is undergoing serious revitalization, excavation sites, close quaters, etc. it truly was a "step back in time" to another era. We had previously passed through the area on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is at upper hill part of the own and offers very nice lookout view to the city as well as to the ocean , you will need good walking shoes and reasonable physical strength, or take #12 or 28 tram. There are public washrooms nearby, but you will need 50 cents to get in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are few places you can have very good view on this part of the city You can use the elevator but I recommend to use the steers in this way you will see the butterfly streets

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fascinating place in which to experience the smells and tastes and feeling of an older Lisbon, with many small taverns. The residents are responsive and friendly. I was helped when I slipped and fell on some slippery steps; nevertheless, it can be a bit dicey at night.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good place to get off the 28 and start roaming. I got a good view of the sea and ships . You can walk to many sights from this locale

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Velenje, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like getting lost in little picturesque streets, full of history, where fado comes from, this is the place you cannot miss. Just walk around and enjoy, or take a guide (highly recommended guide Yuri, New Lisbon, search for him, you won't be sorry :)). In the night you can go for a dinner and listen fado, very typical... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place to visit, found a great little cafe run by a very sweet elderly couple, great coffee and pastries

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old neighborhood in Lisbon where many restaurants, shops, historic buildings and Fado locals are found. One of Lisbon highest neighborhood with excellent views. Best if you use a Tuck-Tuck because streets are narrow and there are few parking spots available. Bring your camera and come hungry. Very active during the nights due to Fado. They also have a flea market... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Alfama is known for its narrow streets and Fado clubs. Considered a must for visitors ofg Lisbon. I was not touched by the magic. Some nice views of the river but nothing special. Full of hustlers chasing after tourist. The Mercado de Ladra flea market did not impress me either. Did not spend too much time.

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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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