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Alfama is a district in Lisbon, Portugal.

Get in[edit]

Map of Lisbon/Alfama

The most popular and most fun way to travel into and through Alfama is on the  12E  and  28E  trams.

  • 1 Estação Santa Apolónia (Santa Apolónia metro station), Avenida Infante D. Henrique ( Azul ). Santa Apolónia metro station (Q2080870) on Wikidata Santa Apolónia (Lisbon Metro) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Estação Ferroviária de Lisboa-Santa Apolónia (Santa Apolónia railway station), Largo dos Caminhos de Ferro. Portugal's oldest railway terminus serves numerous lines: international, Alfa Pendular high-speed, intercity, inter-regional, and suburban. Santa Apolónia Station (Q531789) on Wikidata Santa Apolónia railway station on Wikipedia

See[edit]

National Pantheon or Santa Engrácia
  • 1 Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Largo Portas do Sol (BSicon BRILL.svgMiradouro de Santa Luzia  12E  28E ). Good viewpoint in Alfama uphill from the cathedral along tram route. Lovely view over rooftops and river. Free. Miradouro de Santa Luzia (Q6837314) on Wikidata
  • 2 Castelo de São Jorge (St. George's Castle), Rua de Santa Cruz (Bus-logo.svg737), +351 21 880 0620, . Mar–Oct: daily 10:00–21:00, Nov–Feb daily 09:00–18:00. Humans settled on this hill as early as the 8th century BCE, and the first fortifications date from the 1st century BCE. Before the Portuguese conquest in the 1147 Siege of Lisbon, the site was successively occupied by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors. Sights within the castle include the permanent exhibition of archaeological artefacts with an emphasis on the 11th- and 12th-century Moors, ruins of the former Royal Palace of Alcáçova, a garden with native forest species, and a camera obscura showing the city's sights. The castle offers great view over the city and the river. If you have the energy, get there by walking from downtown, going through the fantastic old neighborhood of Alfama. €10, ages 13–25 €5, disabled or seniors 65+ €8.50, children under 12 free; guided tour €2.50. São Jorge Castle (Q636780) on Wikidata São Jorge Castle on Wikipedia
  • 3 Igreja e Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora (Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls). Started in 1582, this Mannerist monastery wasn't completed until 1629, following the reconstruction of a 1147 church under royal decree. The church houses the Pantheon of the House of Braganza, where many monarchs, consorts, and their offspring are entombed. Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (Q1776168) on Wikidata Monastery of São Vicente de Fora on Wikipedia
  • 4 Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa, Igreja de Santa Maria Maior), Largo da Sé 1, +351 218 866 752, . M–Sa 10:00–18:30. Built in 1147, the cathedral has survived various earthquakes and has undergone restoration, renovation, and modification over the years. Its elements include Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles. It has been a national monument since 1910. €4, children 7–12 €2, children 6 & under free. Lisbon Cathedral (Q432290) on Wikidata Lisbon Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 5 Museu da Água (Water Museum), Rua do Alviela 12, +351 218 100 215, . M–F 10:00–12:30 & 13:30–17:30. Free. Museu da Água (Q6940623) on Wikidata Museu da Água on Wikipedia
  • 6 Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum), Rua da Madre de Deus 4 (Bus-logo.svg718, 742, 794, 759), +351 21 810 0340, . Tu–Su 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–18:00, closed M. One of the most important national museums, dedicated to Portuguese azulejo tiles since the late 1400s. It's in the former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Leonor. €5, seniors 65+/students/youth card €2.50, disabled & children 12 and under free. National Azulejo Museum (Q2313815) on Wikidata National Museum of the Azulejo on Wikipedia
  • 7 Museu Militar de Lisboa (Lisbon Military Museum), Largo do Museu da Artilharia, +351 21 884 2453, . Housed in a 16th-century foundry, this museum holds its testaments to Portuguese military history, and contains many artifacts, including a sword used by Vasco da Gama. Museu Militar de Lisboa (Q10333544) on Wikidata
  • 8 Museu de Sociedade de Geografia (Museu Etnográfico da Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa), Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 100, +351 21 342 5401, . M–F 10:00–12:45 & 14:00–16:45, closed Sa Su. Exhibits of ethnography from Portugal's former colonies. €5, seniors 65+ €2, students & youths €2.50, families of 4 or more €4 each, disabled & children 12 and under free. Museu da Sociedade de Geografia (Q10333716) on Wikidata
  • 9 Museu do Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre Museum), Rua de São Mamede, nº 3 A, +351 218 172 450. Along the way from downtown to Saint George's Castle.
  • 10 Panteão Nacional (Igreja do Santa Engrácia), Campo de Santa Clara (Metro station Santa Apolónia  Azul  or tram stop Voz do Operário  28E ), +351 21 885 4820. 10:00-17:00, platform 10:00-18:00 (closed Mondays, shorter hours in winter). This is one of the most striking buildings in Lisbon. Its tall dome and white facade makes it a real landmark in Alfama/Eastern Lisbon. Excellent views from the rooftop terrace. Construction began in 1681, then halted until the dome was added in 1966 and then converted to the National Pantheon. Amália Rodrigues, queen of fado, is buried here, and fresh roses can be seen on the tomb. The church also has wide viewing platform on the rooftop all around its dome. Excellent panorama of the river and surroundings. No elevator. €4. Church of Santa Engrácia (Q1601019) on Wikidata Church of Santa Engrácia on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Feira da Ladra, Campo de Santa Clara (BSicon BRILL.svg 28E ), +351 21 798 8000, . Tu Sa 06:00–17:00. A lively outdoor market offering new and used products. Markets of this type have pleased bargain hunters since the 12th century in Lisbon and the Feira da Ladra name has been around since the 17th century. Feira da Ladra (Q3068026) on Wikidata

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Chapitô à Mesa, Costa do Castelo 7, +351 21 887 5077, . M–F 12:00–00:00, Sa Su 19:30–24:00. Great views are the main feature if you reserve terrace seat in advance. Good atmosphere; international-menu food is tasty but nothing special. €15-35.
  • 2 DeliDelux, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, Armazém B - Loja 8 (Cais da Pedra), +351 21 886 2070, . Su-Th 10:00-23:00, F Sa 10:00-24:00. Breakfasts in a contemporary setting; pleasant views. Average bill: €20.
  • 3 Farol de Santa Luzia, Largo de Santa Luzia, 5 (near 28/12 tram stops), +351 21 886 3884, fax: +351 218 885 356, . M-Sa 17:30-23:00. Great place to have typical Portuguese food before climbing to Castelo S. Jorge. ~ €20/person.
  • 4 Malmequer Bemmequer, Rua de São Miguel 23-25, +351 21 887 6535. Tu 19:00–21:00, W–Su 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–21:00. Friendly and inexpensive; long menu of traditional Portuguese dishes. Mid-range.
  • 5 Mestiço, Arco das Portas do Mar, 9 (near Casa dos Bicos), +351 963660756. What used to be a Nepalese curry house is now a very friendly African eatery with authentic food. In the evening musicians play for an even more atmospheric setting. €8-12.
  • 6 Portuel Kosher Store, Rua Gomes Freire 146A (Picoas  Amarela , Bus-logo.svg 774), +351 21 354 0460, . M–Th 12:00–19:00, F 10:00–15:00, closed Sa Su. Lisbon's source for kosher groceries.
  • 7 Restaurante Santa Rita, Rua de São Mamede 24c, +351 21 808 4412, . Authentic, cheap Portuguese dishes in a very busy, shared-table restaurant. Mains €5-9.
  • 8 A Tasquinha (from downtown, turn left near Igreja de Santa Luzia to Rua do Limoeiro, then turn right to Rua de Santiago, pass Camidas de Santiago), Largo Contador Mor, 6, +351 962 803 068. Great food with many outdoor tables and great red Sangria. The owner and guest singers perform fado on Friday evenings without charging extra for it. Try the bacalhau with potatoes and onion in cream sauce, an excellent change from the ubiquitous 'rice/chips with grilled everything'.
  • 9 Zambeze, Calçada Marquês de Tancos (Alfama), +351 21 887 7056, . A Mozambique restaurant on a "miradouro", viewing spot, offering a great view of the river, the Baixa area, and beyond. An elevator can bring you up and down the deep slopes, making it easily reachable from the nearby Baixa area.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Lux Fragil, Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, +351 21 882 08 90, fax: +351 21 882 08 99, . Th-Su 23:00-06:00. It's in a former warehouse and part owned by American actor John Malkovich.
  • 2 Pois Café, Rua S. João da Praça, 93-95 (on the side street of cathedral Sé), +351 21 886 2497, . Tu-Su 10:30-23:00, M 12:00-23:00. It's a place to relax, read a book, drink a coffee and plan your way around Lisbon. Also offers toasts, pastas, quiches and salads; features late breakfasts.
  • 3 Portas do Sol, Largo das Portas do Sol (Alfama), +351 218 851 299, . A cafe and bar on a "Miradouro", viewing spot, and thus offer a spectacular view over the Alfama rooftops down to the river.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Alfama Patio Hostel, Escolas Gerais, 3, Patio dos Quintalinhos 1, +351 21 888-3127. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Out-of-the-way location (but it's directly on the Tram line 28). Full amenities from fast WiFi to free crepe breakfast only compliment the fun staff, who sometimes even go out with you at night. €12 - 25.
  • 2 GoHostel Lisbon, Rua Maria da Fonte, nº55 (Metro station Intendente is nearby, and tram line 28 stops literally outside the front door (Stop: Rua Maria de fonte)), +351 21 822-9816. A relatively new hostel in a beautiful old house, on top of a coffee roasting facility. Somewhat out of the city centre, but it's only a 10 minute walk. Friendly staff, (very lovely) open courtyard and attached bar. St. Jorges Castle is nearby. The neighbourhood is okay, but not very interesting.
  • 3 Ibis Lisboa Saldanha, Avenida Casal Ribeiro 23, +351 21 319-1690. Travelers give this Ibis so-so reviews noting on the plus side the location only 5 min walk to the metro, and a good breakfast and on the minus side small rooms. €59-69.
  • 4 Johnies Place Hostel, Calçada da Graça no.18F (Right next to Graça's Belveder), +351 963752375, . Cosy hostel. No extra costs for internet, printing, breakfast. Dorms starting at €14.
  • 5 Lisbon Story Guesthouse, Largo S. Domingos, 18 S/L (on the right hand-side of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II), +351 21 152-9313, . A cozy guesthouse with welcoming common areas and well-decorated small rooms at a budget price. From €50.
  • 6 My Rainbow Rooms Gay Bed & Breakfast, Saldanha, 1 - 1000-007, +351 21 842-1122, . Lisbon's only exclusively gay Bed & Breakfast is housed in a luxurious 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom apartment in a beautifully restored 1920s neo-art deco building. With three meter ceilings, rich hardwood floors, modern baths, elegant furnishing and sophisticated amenities, this gay hotel is in a quiet residential area in the heart of the capital, two minutes walk from the Saldanha metro station. Breakfast and free wireless internet are included. US$45-69.
  • 7 Next Hostel, Avenida Almirante Reis n.4 - 5, +351 21 192-7746, . Comfortable hostel with an central location. Comfortable beds in large dorms, key lockers, free computer access as well as WiFi, free breakfast, 24 hour reception, well equipped kitchen. Very friendly and helpful staff. Opened in July 2009. 4 person dorms starting at €12, can also go as low as €9 if booked early.
  • 8 Pousada da Juventude - Youth Hostel, R. Andrade Corvo, 46, +351 21 353-2696, fax: +351 21 353-7541, .
  • 9 Sé Guesthouse, Rua de Sao Joao da Praca, 97, +351 21 886-4400. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 5-room guesthouse with a picturesque location, river views, and eclectic décor. Some rooms are bathrooms en suite, while others share the two, clean hall bathrooms. US$49-87.
  • 10 Torel Palace, Rua Camara Pestana 23, 1150-199 Lisbon (on top of Elevador do Lavra), +351 2189 290 810, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Torel Palace is a boutique hotel on top of Sant´ana hill. From the carefully renovated two palaces and the outside gardens, terraces and the pool, visitors enjoy a stunning view over the city. Named after Portuguese Queens and Kings, each of the 28 rooms is unique and offers an elegant home. Owned by a Portuguese and two Austrians. Offers breakfast all day long.
  • 11 Hotel Travel Park Lisboa, Avenida Almirante Reis 64, +351 21 810-2100, . A hotel that sits in the heart of Av. Almirante Reis. Just five minutes away from Lisbon International Airport and with underground station at doorstep. Online booking.
  • 12 The One Palácio da Anunciada, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 112-134, +351 210 412 300, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Five-star, 83-room hotel in a 16th-century palace with contemporary guest rooms. The old noble rooms now serve as dining areas. Guests can enjoy 2,500 m2 (27,000 ft²) of gardens, two swimming pools, spa, fitness centre, meeting rooms, business centre, and free Wi-Fi. €145-263.

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