Alfama Quarter Walk, Lisbon

Set on a slope overlooking the Tejo River the Alfama quarter is the oldest district in Lisbon and has plenty of evidence of its Moorish heritage. It is a wonderful neighborhood to explore with its steep narrow alleyways - stairs take you to each level so it doesn’t involve any strenuous walking! The two storey houses are typical of the region, many with their original wall tiles, but the medieval feel to the area gives you the impression of stepping back in time that you won’t find anywhere else in Lisbon. All of a sudden the narrow streets widen into sun-filled squares where you can look down over the rooftops to the water. There are plenty of very good antique shops and gift shops to browse and you will be sure to find something to take home with you. Do visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, a beautiful 17th century church and the nearby Church of Santa Engrácia which is now a National Pantheon where several presidents, writers and singers have been laid to rest. Fado music is prevalent in this district and you can listen to it in most of the cafes and restaurants. Perhaps the best and most popular of these restaurants is the Parreirinha de Sao Vicente which doesn’t look like much from the outside but which serves delicious traditional food.
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Alfama Quarter Walk Map

Guide Name: Alfama Quarter Walk
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Author: vickyc

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