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Tours & activities in Lisbon

Alfama Walking Tour

See the original Lisbon district and meet the locals of Alfama

ABOUT THE Alfama Walking Tour

Join us as we explore the oldest and most atmospheric area in Lisbon. The only part of the city to survive the Great Earthquake of 1755, we descend the hills through Alfama's ancient narrow streets and staircases, which create a uniquely charming district throwing back to the Lisbon of old.

 

Your 2.5-hour Alfama district tour starts by the monument at Praça do Comércio and usually finishes by Lisbon Cathedral. Weave your way past the monastery, the cathedral, the castle and more, all of which have been silent witness to past glory and tragedy, which have given way to the birth of the nation of Portugal.

 

Discover the origins of Lisbon

On this tour you will walk along the tiny streets of Alfama, and will be transported back in time to a city of old. You will see the Lisbon Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, the Moorish walls of the St. George Castle, and you'll see some of the best views of the city.

The old buildings and walls however, are not the most authentic part of this district; make sure you look up and wave at the friendly locals watching you from their balconies. Many of them have been living in the area for generations and are very fond of the guides we work with, so do not be surprised if they come out to say hello!

Fado and the culture of Alfama

Fado is a melancholic but beautiful traditional Portuguese genre of music that originated from the streets of Alfama. There is no word in English that describes it, so the only way to experience it is to have a listen for yourself. Your guide will go through the history of Fado and point you in the direction of the best bars to hear it.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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The Alfama Walking Tour starts by the monument at Praça do Comércio

  • Walk along the walls of the Moorish St. George’s Castle
  • See the oldest church in the city, Lisbon Cathedral
  • Explore the historical area of Campo das Cebolas
  • Learn about the human rights efforts of the José Saramago Foundation
  • Visit St Anthony’s Church, the birthplace of the saint
  • Learn about the history of traditional Portuguese Fado music
  • Take in the views of the old city at Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia
  • Discover the legend of the Seven Hills
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TOUR SCHEDULES

2:30 PM
2:30 PM
2:30 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.

As with the Free Tour, Select Tours are provided by local freelance guides in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, who bring their personal flair and expert knowledge to these specifically themed tours. Select tours have a fixed ticket price - we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance, either during a Free Tour or online.

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