Lisbon, what to do in Alfama ?

Alfama name is originally from the Arabic presence in Lisbon, Portugal . In Arabic the original name was “Al-hamma” and means hot fountains or baths.

It is a civil parish famous by the oldest building and very unique architecture . The tiles of the buildings have different colors and shapes, tiny streets, its a touristic area where you will find shops, restaurants and coffee shops.

Lisbon, Alfama, Photo: Diego Delso

Thinking back to XVIII century, Alfama was not destroyed by the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. It remains picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets, small squares and strange corners or paths sometimes.

What to do in Alfama ?

Se Cathedral

Visiting the Se Cathedral, you will be able to see the influence of the Moorish till the XII century and the Roman Catholic Religion after. On the church, respect the ceremony. You will be allowed to take pictures.

Coffee Shops

In each building, you will probably find a tiny coffee shop. Enter and request a ginginha (cherry liqueur), a cod fish cake. Lunch Hour? Request a beer or a glass of wine and Bifana (pork meat sandwich ) .

Meal & Fado Music

During the day the fado restaurants will not have live music , however you will be able to book for the evening. Most of the restaurants while you eat, they will have fado live music after the meal. The duration of the show will be between 60 and 90 minutes. Note that couverts may not be included.

Miradouro Santa Luzia

This sight seeing is a place of romance, the perfect spot for the Sunrise pictures. Have the Tagus River in your front and see the other margins of the River.

Alfama, Lisbon, Miradouro Santa LuziaIf you love tiles, you will like the tile panels ( related to Comercio Square before Earthquake and the Christians attacking St. George Castle). If you have time, stop at the coffee shop to relax a few moments, has a wonderful esplanade.

Castle of Saint George

Castle of Saint George was conquered to the Moorish by D. Afonso Henriques. It has an amazing landscape view over the Portuguese capital. The best hours to visit the castle is in the end of the day with the Sunset.