Get lost in Alfamas small streets and alleys

Alfama streets
Alfama streets

Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the Castle  and Tagus river.

Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning fountains or baths. This medieval district (once a Moorish and Jewish quarter before it became a fishing community) is by far Lisbon’s most emblematic quarter. A village inside the city, made of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses that survived the 1755 earthquake thanks to its foundations on dense bedrock adorned with tile panels, pots of flowers and laundry hanging on a line from the balconies.

There is no better way to discover Alfama neighborhood than putting away your maps and getting lost in its streets, alleys and small squares, allowing your senses to be the guides. Along the way you will experience some magnificent views of the city and river, smell some of the freshest fish being grilled around the corner, hear the sounds of Fado coming out of a restaurant and visit some amazing churches.

Lisbon – 10 things not to miss



I will be doing a serie of posts on what to do in Lisbon.

Here’s a small list of my 10 favourite things:

  • Get lost in Alfama’s small streets and alleys
  • Enjoy Lisbon views from one of its gorgeous viewpoints while you sip from a Morito or a Caipirinha;
  • Stroll through the marvellous and trendy streets of Chiado;
  • Listen to Fado at Alfama neighbourhood;
  • Take a ride on Tram 28 that takes you through the old part of Lisbon, up and down three of the most beautiful and touristic hills;
  • Enjoy the quietness of the green quarter of Belém. This is your best spot to park the van. It’s also your THE spot for a Pastel de Nata, straight from the woven;
  • Shop and see at Feira da Ladra flee market, in Alfama neighbourhood;
  • Check the Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodré night scene;
  • Visit the Lisbon Castel, on top of Alfama hill, overlooking Lisbon and the Tagus river;
  • Take the boat from Belém to Trafaria and watch the sunset over the river; Enjoy a great dinner at the fisherman village of Trafaria;