Alfama, Lisbon

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Wander through the oldest district in town, Alfama, known for its high concentration of Fado bars and restaurants. Set between Sao Jorge Castle and Tejo river, it's a good choice of walking areas for tourists. During Moorish rule, this was the entire city. The picturesque side streets and squares survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and today are beautiful tourist attractions. Stroll down Rua do Barao, stop into quaint shops, and listen to Fado--a musical style native to the region--at a local bar. As you explore, you'll notice historic sites and several churches along the way, until you reach the walls of the 12th century Lisbon Cathedral. Take a look at our Lisbon travel planner to schedule your visit to Alfama and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Lovely place to stop with the kiosk bar placed so correctly for people to sit and enjoy the gorgeous view. If you are buying a pastel de nata on your walk up, do remember the shops closed dead on...  more »
  • The romantic name Alfama comes from the Arabic al-Hama ("warm spring"). This had a direct meaning, not a metaphorical one - the Arabs built numerous baths here. After the expulsion of the Moors, the.....  more »

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