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Alfama
Alfama is the oldest and one of the most amazing district of Lisbon. It is located on one of seven hills of Lisbon, right below the St. George’s Castle. It could be best described as a village within a city made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches and whitewashed houses with wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers and drying laundry.
Alfama: excellent view from Sun Gates Belvedere (Miradouro das Portas do Sol)
Alfama is mostly characterized by small and very narrow streets, where the old houses covered in azulejos are located so close to each other that it is difficult to find a street wider than 2,5 meters. Here, small roads and hidden stairs takes you from the top to the bottom of this magical neighbourhood, which is a living museum of history of Lisbon. In Alfama you will still find remains of Roman Imperium and North African Culture- two most dominant civilizations in Lisbon’s past. Moors who ruled Lisbon for 450 years mostly influenced character of Alfama- district made up of tiny, narrow streets joined with each other without any logical plan, creating a labirynt in which taking a walk and not getting lost is a real challenge. However, there is nothing to worry about. Alfama is the best place to be discovered off the beaten touristic track. Here, you may feel like you went back in time. In Alfama life just goes on, accompanied by nostalgic sounds of Fado. Slow, without hurry, in harmony and happiness. That’s Alfama- the best place to discover sounds and smells of old Lisbon.
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When?
The best time to visit Alfama and discover its amazing atmosphere is in June, during celebration of Festas dos Santos Populares, when whole Alfama is decorated with colorful girlands, traditional music can be heard from every corner and grilled sardines can be smelled is in the air.

Why?
Alfama is so exceptional and magical that it became an inspiration for many artists.
It is a district where movies like Lisbon Story ( Wim Wenders) or Imagine ( Andrzej Jakimowski) were shooted. A great idea is to watch one of these before coming to Lisbon and follow in its footsteps discovering this amazing district.
Also Alfama has influenced poets and novelists, and although Bairro Alto is the city’s traditional Fado quarter, it is Alfama that has always been the inspiration for Fado songs, and is becoming just as popular with Fado Houses.

How to get to Alfama?
Alfama is located on the east side from the Baixa district. The easiest way is to take tram number 28, here, called Electrico (E28) from Baixa, which will take you to the top of Alfama district, from where you can walk down discovering the area.
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Just a few steps away from Miradouro de Santa Luzia, a balcony opens onto the river offering truly spectacular views over Alfama. The view from this miradouro is considered to be one of the most memorable in the city. It is a "must see" in Lisbon.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Views of the river and Alfama.This attractive terrace offers views of the Alfama rooftops, the river Tagus, and the dome of the National Pantheon, all framed by grapevine-draped trellises.
Another beautiful viewpoint over magical Lisbon.
Saint George’s Castle - Overlooking the city from millennium-old walls.It is a magical place, a charming hilltop citadel with geese and ducks roaming around the castle gardens. Once used as a fortress, today it is home to many local families and a place that certainly deserves a visit.
Romanesque cathedral, which history reaches back to XII century when Lisbon was conquered by Afonso Henriquez from Moors and the country-Portugal- was established. This Cathedral is among the most important Portuguese religious buildings.
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