Alfama

Address: Alfama, 1100 Lisbon, Portugal

If you only have time for a quick visit to Lisbon, the Alfama district is the must-see attraction on your itinerary. Blanketing the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tagus river, the district is the oldest and the most beautiful neighbourhood in the city. Looking down at the old town from the hilltop, you will find the tile roofs of the quaint houses form a tangerine ocean. The view is even more stunning at sunset.


This famous old town was transformed from a slum. It remained a deprived district where sailors and dock workers lived even after Lisbon grew into a major harbour city. Today, Alfama has turned into a charismatic historical area containing some of the essential time-honoured buildings in Lisbon, trendy cafés and shops with unique characters. Cobbled alleys, side streets and little plazas entwine into a maze that one will be delighted to get lost in. You can put aside your map, and stroll within the labyrinth of lanes and streets to observe the local life. Or you may hop on the nostalgic number 28 tram to enjoy the sea breeze while admiring the architectural beauty outside the window on the way. It is highly recommended to capture the sunset view at the Miradouro das Portas do Sol, where the tangerine-tiled roofs and the sparkling ocean together with the drowning sun form a picturesque scene. After that, enjoy your superb Lisbon night with Portuguese music and food at a local bar!