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Alfama

Lisbon District
Alfama which includes a sunset and a coastal town

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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Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa
Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa
4 out of 5
42 RUA DA MADALENA, Lisbon
The price is AU$102 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in Alfama, this hotel is steps away from Lisbon Cathedral and Se. Commerce Square and Rossio Square are also within 10 minutes. Igreja Sta. Maria Madalena ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Highly recommend :)
"Great & friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Lisbon. Beautiful breakfast served in the room. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2020

Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa
Memmo Alfama
Memmo Alfama
4 out of 5
Travessa das Merceeiras, 27 - Alfama, Lisbon
The price is AU$259 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Located in Alfama, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Se and Lisbon Cathedral. Castle of Sao Jorge and Commerce Square are also within 15 minutes. Limoeiro ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (776 reviews)
"The property was very unique. In the heart of the old city it was perfect. Over looking the bay-harbor it was excellent. Nice people."

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

Memmo Alfama
Solar dos Mouros
Solar dos Mouros
4 out of 5
Rua do Milagre de Santo António, 6, Lisbon
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$158 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Located in Alfama, this hotel is steps away from Lisbon Cathedral and Se. Castle of Sao Jorge and Rossio Square are also within 10 minutes. Sé Stop and Igreja ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (375 reviews)
"Incredibly beautiful view, wonderful staff and delicious restaurant. A headsup- the hotel is at the top of the hill in a private neighborhood, so if you are driving it may be hard to coordinate getting your bags into and out of the car."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Solar dos Mouros
Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei - member of Unlock Hotels
Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei - member of Unlock Hotels
5 out of 5
Tv. Chafariz del Rei, 6, Lisbon
The price is AU$358 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Alfama, this historic guesthouse is steps away from Fado Museum and Se. Lisbon Cathedral and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Miradouro ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (123 reviews)
"We had the most amazing 2 weeks in Lisbon . Javier , Francisco , Emerson .. make us feel at home in this beautiful Palace .. the breakfast is delicious.. can’t wait to come back , thank you 🙏🙏🙏"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

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Hotel Convento do Salvador
Hotel Convento do Salvador
3 out of 5
Rua do Salvador, 2 B, Lisbon, Lisboa
The price is AU$108 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Located in Alfama, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Se. Lisbon Cathedral and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (486 reviews)
"Great location, short downhill walk to centre of town or tram ride. In Alfama area which is beautiful, atmospheric and close to everything and super convenient. Lots of bars, eateries and shops with local specialities. Staff super friendly and helpful. Wifi excellent, but if you go down to lobby ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2020

Hotel Convento do Salvador
Eurostars Museum
Eurostars Museum
5 out of 5
Rua Cais de Santarém 52, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is AU$207 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Alfama, this luxury hotel is steps away from Se and Lisbon Cathedral. Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 15 minutes. Limoeiro ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (293 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
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