From EUR 190
Alfama Lisbon Old Quarter
Elevator to the top of Alfama Hill
São Jorge Castle
Moorish influence in Alfama
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
ALFAMA LISBON OLD QUARTER – 3HRS
Join our Alfama Lisbon Old Quarter tour to discover historic heart of Lisbon!
Exploring Alfama’s maze of tiny streets, cobblestoned lanes and steep staircases feels as though you’ve stepped back in time. The winding, rabbit warren of alleyways lined with intricately tiled houses with wrought iron balconies, hanging washing and colourful, peeling paint reinforces the feeling that this is a living, breathing district.
Alfama is Lisbon’s most colourful neighbourhood and a feast for the eyes. The brightly pained, albeit weathered houses, the pretty flowers bursting from balconies and the impressive tiling that decorates almost every inch of the district will stay with you for the rest of your time in Lisbon.
Alfama is also home to some spectacular and significant churches and cathedrals. Our Alfama Lisbon walking tour includes a stop at the Romanesque Sé Cathedral with its twin castellated bell towers, the Igreja de Santa Engrácia-Panteão Nacional which is one of the most recognisable buildings in the Alfama skyline, and the Igreja de São Vicente de Fora, admired for its spectacular Baroque canopy over the alter.
Alfama Lisbon’s old quarter offers many things to do. Besides the castle and the churches, a clutch of excellent museums provide cultural diversion, Lisbon’s biggest flea market is hereto. Some of the best views in Lisbon are from lofty squares such as the Miradouro Largo das Portas do Sol – once the entrance gates to the old city.
Along the way we’ll touch on such key themes as Moorish rule and influence, Lisbon’s working class, and of course Fado music and culture. There are many small sites to discover as you walk and your guide will point out all you need to see.