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Alfama, Lisbon

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Wander through the oldest district in town, Alfama, known for its high concentration of Fado bars and restaurants. Set between Sao Jorge Castle and Tejo river, it's a good choice of walking areas for tourists. During Moorish rule, this was the entire city. The picturesque side streets and squares survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and today are beautiful tourist attractions. Stroll down Rua do Barao, stop into quaint shops, and listen to Fado--a musical style native to the region--at a local bar. As you explore, you'll notice historic sites and several churches along the way, until you reach the walls of the 12th century Lisbon Cathedral. Take a look at our Lisbon travel planner to schedule your visit to Alfama and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Walking around Aflama - both the well-trodden tourist route and further away - is a delight. Highly recommend ny visitor to Lisbon to include this on their itinerary 
    Walking around Aflama - both the well-trodden tourist route and further away - is a delight. Highly recommend ny visitor to Lisbon to include this on their itinerary  more »
  • It is so much fun to walk through this area. It's charming, gritty and worth a visit. Plenty of small cafes and cute shops. Wear comfortable shoes as the neighborhood is hilly with narrow carless... 
    It is so much fun to walk through this area. It's charming, gritty and worth a visit. Plenty of small cafes and cute shops. Wear comfortable shoes as the neighborhood is hilly with narrow carless...  more »

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