Exploring the Alfama District of Lisbon


The Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon is famous for Fado (a musical style unique to Portugal). It is one of the oldest parts of Lisbon and clings to tradition. This unique character is supported by the hilly terrain which makes it accessible only by foot. After some research my wife and I decided to walk through Alfama. We chose to take the Famous Trolley 28 to the top of Alfama and walk the steep passageways down toward the river and then across to the Cathedral.

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Looking down from the trolley stop we enjoyed the view over Alfama to the Tagus River.P1070133 (2)

We found steep walk streets and stairways leading us down the hillP1070146 (2)

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On the way down there were several squares connected by pedestrian streets.P1070150 (2)

Alfama is a lively community (as was every neighborhood in Lisbon) with a full range of shops and services.P1070168 (2) P1070160 (2) P1070155 (2)

As you near the river there are streets for cars and more squares.P1070172 (2)

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We planned to return to the Trolley route at the Cathedral and now we could see the sides of the church as we climbed back up.P1070198 (2)


At the Cathedral we stopped to enjoy the cool interior before taking the trolley down to the Baixa (flat modern central district of Lisbon) to catch our train home to Sintra.P1070204 (2)

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