Alfama Walking Tour, Lisbon

Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, whose name derives from the Arabic “Al-hamma” and means "hot fountains" or "baths". The district is a home to numerous historic attractions, including former royal residence - the medieval São Jorge (Saint George) Castle, as well as numerous churches, of which the most prominent is Lisbon Cathedral, oldest in the city, and the Santa Engrácia Church, nowadays converted into a National Pantheon for important Portuguese personalities. There are just as many Fado bars and restaurants in Alfama, as well. Whether you're culturally-motivated, or simply looking for fun, there's plenty of entertainment awaiting you in this part of the Portuguese capital!
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Alfama Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Alfama Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: ann
Casa dos Bicos / House of Spikes

1) Casa dos Bicos / House of Spikes (must see)

The Casa dos Bicos (Portuguese for House of the Beaks/Spikes) is a historical house built in the early 16th century in the Alfama neighbourhood, with a curious façade of spikes, influenced by Italian Renaissance palaces and Portuguese Manueline styles. It survived the disastrous 1755 Lisbon earthquake that destroyed much of the city, but over time was abandoned as a residence and used as a warehouse. After a 20th-century renovation, it became the headquarters of the José Saramago Foundation.
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Igreja da Conceicao Velha

2) Igreja da Conceicao Velha

The Old Church of the Immaculate Conception is an ornate building that dates back to the 16th Century. It was declared a national monument in 1910 and is one of the oldest places of worship in Portugal.

The Igreja da Conceicao Velha was built on the site of a 15th century Synagogue. It was consecrated as the Church of Our Lady of Mercy. It was constructed under the orders of King Manuel I at the request of his sister Leonor of Viseu and her confessor Friar Miguel Contreiras. Leonor also...   view more
Church of Saint Anthony

3) Church of Saint Anthony (must see)

Saint Anthony’s Church is dedicated to the man born into a wealthy Lisbon family and later canonized as Saint Anthony of Padua. It is located on the site where St. Anthony was born and spent his childhood.

Santo Antonio was born as Fernando de Bullhoes in 1195. He adopted the name Antonio and entered the Franciscan order. His family home was converted at first into a small chapel. The church was expanded and decorated in 1730 during the reign of King John V. Only the main chapel remained...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lisbon Cathedral

4) Lisbon Cathedral (must see)

The Lisbon Cathedral also called the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major is the oldest church in the city and the seat of the Archbishop of Lisbon. The building has a mixture of architectural styles caused by several modifications to its structure through the ages.

The Lisbon Cathedral was first constructed in 1147. It was built on the site of a Moorish Mosque after the conquest of Lisbon by Christian forces under King Afonso Henriquez. The first structure was constructed in Romanesque...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Roman Theater Museum

5) The Roman Theater Museum

The Roman Theatre Museum has objects unearthed from a 1st century Roman Theatre built by the Emperor Augustus. The Roman Theatre Museum was first built as a small theater and was expanded in 57 AD. At this time it could seat 5000 spectators. During the middle ages it disappeared beneath the ground because of neglect and wind and soil erosion. After the 1755 earthquake, parts of the theater resurfaced resulting in renewed interest in the Roman past of Lisbon. Archeological excavations were...   view more
Decorative Arts Museum

6) Decorative Arts Museum

The Decorative Arts Museum housed in an aristocratic home showcases the life of wealthy citizens of Lisbon in the 18th and 19th centuries. The building is a 17th century palace that was the city residence of the Count of Azurara.

The Decorative Arts Museum was purchased by Portuguese Banker, Ricardo do Espirito Santo Silva whose family was one of the wealthiest in the country in 1947. He then converted it into a museum to house his vast collection. He donated the museum to the city in 1953....   view more
Fado Museum

7) Fado Museum

The Fado Museum is dedicated to the soulful songs called Fado that evolved in the City of Lisbon. It has a range of exhibits and displays that showcase a form of music that is unique to the city.

Fado evolved as a form of music unique to Lisbon in 1840. Although another form is sung in the city of Coimbra, the Lisbon version is the earliest and most popular. It evolved from songs sung by sailors that soon became a musical genre loved by the common man and sung by many famous Fado singers...   view more
Military Museum

8) Military Museum (must see)

One of the largest museums dedicated to military memorabilia in the world, Lisbon's Museu Militar tells the story of the exploits by the Portuguese armed forces. It has a large collection of artillery, arms, uniforms and military art.

The Military Museum is located on the site of a 16th century shipyard. It has the largest artillery collection in the world and was founded in 1851 by General Jose Baptista da Silva as an artillery museum. Other exhibits with military themes were added and...   view more
Church of Santa Engrácia

9) Church of Santa Engrácia

The Church of Santa Engracia has been declared the National Pantheon and many famous personalities are buried here. It is a 16th century church with a 20th century dome. Visitors can climb the steps or take the elevator to the roof top terrace for 360 degree views of Lisbon and the Tagus.

The site of the Church of Santa Engracia had many previous churches before the current structure was built. It was dedicated to a martyred saint from the city of Braga, Saint Engracia. Joao Antunes, the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

10) Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (must see)

The Monastery of Sao Vincente de Fora is an imposing church dedicated to Saint Vincent of Saragossa, the patron saint of Lisbon. It was also the last resting place of the Monarchs of the house of Braganza, the dynasty that ruled Portugal for over 250 years.

The monastery is one of the best examples of late renaissance architecture called the Mannerist style in Portugal. The floor plan is that of a Latin cross. The nave has one aisle and lateral chapels. The main altarpiece was crafted by one...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Graça Church

11) Graça Church

The Graca Church is one of the oldest churches in Lisbon. It was built on the site where the forces of King Afonso Henriques camped when they laid siege of Lisbon to recapture the city from the Moors.

The Graca Church was built in 1271 and given to the hermits of Saint Augustine. The church was ruined in the 1755 earthquake and the present Baroque style structure was constructed in the 18th century. It has a simple façade with a bas relief dedicated to Saint Augustine. The interior is in...   view more
São Jorge Castle

12) São Jorge Castle (must see)

The São Jorge Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon and the broad Tagus River beyond. The strongly-fortified citadel, which, in its present configuration, dates from medieval times, is located atop the highest hill in the historic center of the city. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic sites of Lisbon. The castle's footprint is roughly square in shape, and it was originally encircled by a wall, to form a citadel.

The castle...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

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Belem Walking Tour

Belem Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nações, often referred to by locals as “Expo”, is a commercial and residential area in Lisbon which gained popularity and underwent tremendous transformation in the late 1990s as a site of the World Expo 1998. Many attractions were built here during that time, including the Oceanarium (the world's biggest), Science Museum, Vasco da Gama Tower, Vasco da Gama Bridge and others. Decades on, Parque das Nações still continues to draw attention of visitors and locals alike as a cultural and entertainment hub of the Portuguese capital. With so much to see here, it's no wonder!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Lisbon is renowned for its architectural splendor presented in many of the old and modern buildings, as well as recognized cultural heritage carefully preserved in museums and art galleries. This tour will help you explore three most centrally located districts of Lisbon: Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto. These “bairros” or neighborhoods carry great historical, cultural and social significance and are the best places to see the Lisbon life in vivo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Madragoa Nightlife

Madragoa Nightlife

Lisbon is a great place for partying and is one of Europe's best clubbing cities. You can choose from the eighties hip-hop to hard rock, from dancing to house or to the tunes of a live band. The usual practice in Lisbon is to go pub hopping, have a fulfilling dinner and then move on to the dance floor. The club scene really starts around 2 am and continues until dawn. This guide introduces you to some of the best dancing clubs in Lisbon Madragoa bairro.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

As expected of any European capital city with a rich history, Lisbon has numerous museums. They offer excellent insight into the past and have a rich collection of art: sculpture and paintings. Among the many popular museums and galleries in Lisbon, some are quite unique and not to be missed. Take this tour to visit the most important museums in Lisbon.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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