A series on Lisboa – Alfama

From the outskirts of Belém, in this post, we move to the oldest district of Lisboa, Alfama. A wonderful place, situated, like the rest of the city, on the slope of a hill. To get there, take the famous tram line 28. A classic, yellow, usually crowded tram.

Trams in Lisboa

The tram can take you to Alfama.

Bairro Alto is the place to be at night, but for the Fado lovers, Alfama has some nice Fado restaurants to offer. But Alfama is not wonderful in the evening. During the day, there are beautiful views over the district. Take tram 28 to the stop Largo das Portas do Sol. From this little square, you have a great outlook over the district on the slope beneath you.

Beautiful Alfama

Beautiful Alfama, as seen from tram stop Largo das Portas do Sol.

The coloured and white houses, the river Tajo in the distance… A mesmerizing view! And while below you, there are wonderful houses, a bit higher in Alfama, you’ll find beautiful churches.

Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, situated in the district Alfama.

A walk through little alleys, and steep climbs, will take you to these churches. Just outside Alfama, in the district Graça, you’ll find Esplanada do Largo da Graça. From here, you have a great view on Lisbon.

Lisboa

A great view over Lisbon, as seen from Esplanada do Largo da Graça.

In the distance there are the landmarks like Ponte 25 de Abril and Castelo de São Jorge.

Lisboa and Castelo de São Jorge

Lisboa, with on the left Castelo de São Jorge.

From this viewpoint, it is a 20 minute walk towards the castle. For physically challenged people, this walk is too much. There are little Tuk Tuk’s, that take you there for 10 euros. Entrance to the castle also is about 10 euros. A tip: Museums, castles, and famous buildings all charge an entrance fee. If you intent to visit two, or more places, you might consider picking up the Lisboa Card. For €18,50, you travel 24 hours using public transport, and have free access to the most famous museums,  and many discounts for landmarks. Without a travel-card, the metro (subway) is €1,25 per trip, while a day-travel-card is €6,50 (without access to landmarks). Something to keep in mind if you want to calculate the cheapest solution.

A little old street in Alfama

A little old street in Alfama.

From the castle, walk down back to the city center, and enjoy a nice cold Super Bock! Because your legs definitely could use a break by the end of a day in Lisbon!

Alfama

There are many steep slopes. Walking in Lisbon is a great exercise!

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more posts on Lisbon!

Kind regards,

Tieme

7 Comments

  1. Pingback: A series on Lisboa – Santo Antonio in Alfama | Luvo Photography

    • Reply

      Shamefully I have to admit I didn’t! 🙁 I intended to, but somehow never did. I did enjoy some good Dorade though!

      Thank you for your comment. Have a grand weekend!

      Cheers,
      Tieme

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