One of the most visited neighborhoods in Lisbon is Alfama. His architecture is charming, as the smaller streets are full of colorful buildings and houses. This region is perfect for those who like to walk aimlessly, taking the opportunity to discover places on the spot, you know?
Still, it is always important to go with a tour guide. This area of the city has several viewpoints and old buildings that are worth at least a visit. In order for no one to leave out all the special corners of Alfama, I selected my favorites for the post!
Sao Jorge’s Castle
Entering São Jorge Castle is like entering a movie scene. The original construction was made in the 11th century and in 1910 began to be restored, and the entire process was only completed in 1990. The towers and courtyards of the castle are still in excellent condition to this day, so it is really an unmissable walk for who wants to feel a little bit inside the story.
Another reason to visit this tourist spot is its viewpoint. Because it is located in an upper part of the city, the view of Lisbon seen from the Castle of São Jorge is beautiful. In fact, one of the highest points in Lisbon is one of the castle’s towers. To reach the top, you will have to face many steps, but all the effort is worth it 😉
As I told you at the beginning of the post, Lisbon is full of viewpoints. All of these viewpoints offer incredible views of the city. But, some of them are more praised by tourists and locals. One of the main ones is the Miradouro da Graça. One of its differentials is the cafe full of tables facing the view, perfect for those who want to have a breakfast observing the landscape.
The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is also always among the favorites. Each of them offers a different view of Lisbon. That is, and you enjoy this type of tour and like to see landscapes, it pays to go on at least two of them to have different views of the city.
Monastery of São Vicente de Fora
Another very important old tourist spot for the city is the Monastery of São Vicente. It started to be built in 1147 and was renovated in 1527. To this day, the walls of the monastery keep the typical blue tiles and the traditional architecture of several Portuguese buildings.
One of the places in the monastery that few people end up visiting is the Pantheon of the Bragança Dynasty. In this part of the construction are buried several members of Portuguese royalty, such as Dom Pedro II, Queen Carlota Joaquina and Dom João VI. You end up finding a little bit of Brazilian history in this part of Portugal!
Museum of Aljube
Museums can be a boring tour for many people, but anyone who values this type of space must visit the Museum of Aljube. It is dedicated to the memory of the struggle for freedom, since space was an old political prison of the military dictatorship.
The permanent exhibition is a great history class, with several pieces of information about the Portuguese dictatorial regime, which took place between 1926 and 1974. Some objects from the time of the dictatorship are also on display, in addition to the temporary exhibitions that change regularly.
The National Pantheon is one of the most visited places in Lisbon. It is a little further away from the center of Alfama, but it cannot be left out of your itinerary. It is a symbol of Baroque architecture in Portugal, and its construction took almost 300 years before it was completed!
Inside this place are also buried some famous people, like the writer Almeida Garrett and the cenotaph of Pedro Álvares Cabral. Even if you don’t like a lot of history, it’s worth going to the place to appreciate the beauty of the building 🙂
I know Lisbon
Built in the 12th century, the Sé de Lisboa is the oldest church in the city. Although it has already suffered major damage to its original structure, the cathedral is very well preserved due to constant renovations. Regarding the architectural style, it originally followed the Romanesque. However, after the reform, we can consider that the church follows the Gothic style.
Entrance to the church is free, but if you want to enter the cloister you will have to pay 2.5 €. This part of the tour is worthwhile for those who want to get to know the place more deeply and also for those who are more interested in the history and architecture of the place!
The Feira da Ladra is very close to the National Pantheon! For that reason, it’s a good time to do both at the same part of the day, right? It sells both new and old objects, but almost everything there has a more vintage feel to it, with a secondhand face.
Books and vinyl records, for example, are spread over almost all stalls at the fair. Those who enjoy photography will also love the fair, because several objects are old cameras and polaroids. As it is quite big and during the afternoon it is usually crowded, the best time of day to visit the whole fair is in the morning.
Fado is the most traditional musical rhythm in Portugal. Even though it is an ancient heritage, it is still appreciated by city residents today. In Lisbon there are some places where people meet to enjoy a little fado, as in the case of Clube de Fado, in Alfama.
Visiting this place is a complete experience. In addition to listening to traditional music, you will also have the opportunity to taste typical dishes of the country. Paulo and I love this type of tour, because we always try to understand as much as possible the culture of each country we visit. If you are like us, be sure to go to the Clube de Fado!
Lisbon, despite being a small city, is full of surprises and things to do. This is just one of the other neighborhoods that are worth a visit, so plan ahead to be able to visit as many places as possible 😉