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What is Alfama in Lisbon famous for?

Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, its most traditional and charming. One of the only districts to be spared from the devastating earthquake of 1755, Alfama is the historic soul of Lisbon and its steep, cobblestoned lanes stand just as they were in medieval times.

How did Alfama become a Moorish city?

It was settled as far back as the Iron Age, and later occupied by the Romans, Visigoths and other Germanic tribes, before becoming the heart of Moorish Lisbon. With the conquest of the city by Portugal’s first king in 1147, the Moors were either killed in the siege or segregated in Mouraria, and Alfama became home to the upper classes.

What is Alfama like?

Alfama is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses, which lead up the steep hill from the Tejo Estuary to the Castelo de São Jorge.

What to do in Alfama-Lisbon?

The best sight in Alfama - Lisbon castle. The best tourist attraction of the Alfama district is the Castelo de São Jorge. This castle has been entwined with Portugal’s early history and was the location in which the Christian Crusaders defeated the North African Moors in 1147.

What to do in Alfama in Lisbon?

The Top 9 Attractions in Lisbons Alfama Neighborhood. 1 Take in the View From Miradouro das Portas do Sol. TripSavvy / Gautier Houba Address Largo Portas do Sol, 1100-411 Lisboa, Portugal Get ... 2 Explore the Castelo Sao Jorge. 3 Visit the Lisbon Cathedral. 4 Hitch a Ride on the 28 Tram. 5 Learn About Local Sounds at the Fado Museum. More items

What is there to do in Alfama in June?

In June (or throughout the summer, really), Alfama is a colorful and lively place, as Lisbon celebrates its annual street festivals, the Festas de Lisboa. Originally feasts honoring Saint Anthony and other “popular saints,” the festivities are now not religious at all, and are just excuses to have a good time in the warm season.

How did Alfama become a Moorish city?

It was settled as far back as the Iron Age, and later occupied by the Romans, Visigoths and other Germanic tribes, before becoming the heart of Moorish Lisbon. With the conquest of the city by Portugal’s first king in 1147, the Moors were either killed in the siege or segregated in Mouraria, and Alfama became home to the upper classes.

What is Alfama like?

Alfama is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses, which lead up the steep hill from the Tejo Estuary to the Castelo de São Jorge.

What is Alfama in Lisbon like?

One of the only districts to be spared from the devastating earthquake of 1755, Alfama is the historic soul of Lisbon and its steep, cobblestoned lanes stand just as they were in medieval times. When the WOW Team visited Lisbon recently, we headed directly to Alfama to explore the heart of Lisbon and to kick off our trip the right way!

What does Alfama mean?

The Alfama ( Portuguese pronunciation: [aɫˈfɐmɐ]) is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma ( الحَمّة ), meaning hot fountains or baths. The district includes the freguesias (parishes) of São Miguel, Santo Estêvão,...

What to do in Alfama?

The main church in Alfama is dedicated to St. Michael and faces the tiny square at the center of the neighborhood’s maze of streets. Unfortunately it only opens once or twice a week for services, but has a stunning golden interior that partly survived the 1755 earthquake.

What are the best viewpoints in Alfama?

There are many outstanding viewpoints within Alfama, but our favourite is the Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. This peaceful, tree-shaded plaza, is situated in front of the Convento da Graça and provides outstanding views over the castle and the Baixa district.

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