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AlfamaLisbon District

Alfama showing a coastal town and a sunset

Explore Moorish castles and medieval alleyways in Lisbon’s oldest district before an evening of traditional live music at an authentic Fado bar.

Alfama has retained many of its medieval buildings and unusual architecture from a period of Moorish rule. When the Lisbon earthquake hit in 1755, the district in the center of Lisbon was one of the least devastated areas. The Moorish Castle of Saint George looms large on the skyline from on top of a hill. Roman ruins and brightly colored houses add to the charm of Alfama.

To get a different view of the major architectural attractions, head to the Portas do Sol lookout and café for stunning views over Lisbon’s medieval heart. Start your history lesson in Roman times at the ruins of a Roman theater and museum displaying unearthed carvings and artifacts.

Walk a few blocks through the charming tree-lined streets to the Castle de São Jorge. The fortress was constructed by the Moorish rulers in the 6th century and captured during the Crusades, after which it underwent renovations and became the Royal Palace. In one of the rebuilt rooms of the Royal Palace you can watch a multimedia film on Lisbon’s history.

Don’t miss the Cathedral of Lisbon. The city’s oldest surviving building was constructed in 1150.

If you’re interested in imagining Alfama before the earthquake, head to the Tile Museum, housed in an old and lavish monastery. View five centuries of tile artworks, including a 75-foot (23-meter) tile cityscape created in 1738.

Enjoy the opulent painted roofs, artworks and furniture of a 17th-century palace in the Museum of Decorative Arts, housed inside the Azura Palace. Next door you can watch artisans creating replicas of the antiques using age-old techniques.

Go to the waterfront nearby the Santa Apolonia train station for modern boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. For the best traditional fish dishes try the area around the Casa dos Bicco, a 16th-century palace encased in spikes.

The center of Lisbon is best explored on foot. Further out there are trams, buses and an underground metro system.


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Memmo Alfama
Memmo Alfama
4 out of 5
Travessa das Merceeiras, 27 - Alfama, Lisbon
The price is €115 per night from 10 May to 11 May
Located in Alfama, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Se and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Castle of Sao Jorge and Commerce Square are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (772 reviews)
wonderful
"The location is wonderful, the service great and the hotel Is completely updated. Great job! The hotel offered a walking tour (wonderful guide) and booked our night for a Fado. Unfortunately our duvet cover had 2 little holes and the pool mattresses were never put on the lounge chairs during our ..."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Memmo Alfama
Eurostars Museum
Eurostars Museum
5 out of 5
Rua Cais de Santaren, 52, Lisbon
The price is €109 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in Alfama, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Se and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (292 reviews)
"We were highly disappointed with our stay. We planned a staycation in our city and booked two nights in this hotel since it was highly rated. The idea was to relax in the hotel, enjoy the pool and rest in the room. Except that when we got there we were told that the Spa and pool were closed and there ..."

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Eurostars Museum
Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel
Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua de Santiago, 10 a 14, Lisbon
The price is €285 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in Alfama, this luxury hotel is steps away from Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Se. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (178 reviews)
"Restaurant is outstanding, staff is simply the best. We had an opportunity to chat with the owner as well - great guy!"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel
Sé Cathedral - Lisbon Cheese & Wine
Sé Cathedral - Lisbon Cheese & Wine
4 out of 5
Rua Augusto Rosa 26, Lisbon
The price is €86 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Located in Alfama, this apartment building is steps away from Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Se. Castle of Sao Jorge and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Great Location but no Front Desk
"October 8 – 10, 2017 Great location but with no front desk you need a cell phone to be able to call their office to be let into the apartment which was annoying because we had to guess at our arrival time to book someone to let us in. We arrived 45 minutes early which meant we then had to wait outside ..."

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2017

Sé Cathedral - Lisbon Cheese & Wine
Solar dos Mouros
Solar dos Mouros
4 out of 5
Rua do Milagre de Santo António, 6, Lisbon
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €92 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Located in Alfama, this hotel is steps away from Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Se. Castle of Sao Jorge and Rossio Square are also within 10 minutes. Sé Stop and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (374 reviews)
"The terrace was beautiful at all times of day. The welcome drink was wonderful. Staff was very helpful. Recommend this location highly."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Solar dos Mouros
Largo da Sé
Largo da Sé
3 out of 5
Calçada do Correio Velho, 3 - S/L, Lisbon
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €37 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Located in Alfama, this guesthouse is steps away from Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Se. Commerce Square and Rossio Square are also within 10 minutes. Sé Stop and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (412 reviews)
"Friendly stuff, very clean and great location. I definitely want to stay here again on any future trip to Lisbon."

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2020

Largo da Sé
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