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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. Use our Lisbon tour planner to arrange your visit to Alfama and other attractions in Lisbon.
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  • The Alfama is one of the few districts not totally devastated by the earthquake and as such is largely in it's original state. Located in the heart of Lisbon it conveniently houses many of Lisbon's hi...  more »
  • Small cobblestone streets and fun to place to see. Lots of other attractions nearby. Walkable place that will take you back in time. good music on square and good food. Worth the time and energy to wa...  more »
  • This is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon. The streets are narrow and medina-like. It begins roughly at the Se (Cathedral) and ends approximately up near the Castelo. There are many Fado restaurants, ...  more »

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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