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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Take your time wandering the narrow streets. There are some very nice cafes and artisan shops to stop in. You can get some beautiful pictures at the lookouts. As with Portugal in general, be... more »
Apparently a must do but we were not a fan of the place, pretty average in my opinion even with a couple of good guide books. I would recommend to at least take a quick stroll in search of some fado. more »
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