Alfama (Lisbon City)
Walking around is the most rewarding way to discover Lisbon. Explore the old neighborhoods, Alfama, Bairro Alto or the downtown Baixa district.
The district, stretches across the hill from the Saint George´s Castel to the Tagus River, it is the oldest district in the city with numerous historical sites as well as many restaurants and Fado bars. Fado is constantly heard from open bars in the historic section of Alfama which was the home of many sailors and their families in its early days.
Within the boundaries of Alfama are the parishes of São Miguel, Santo Estevão and São Vicente de Fora. It survived the severe earthquake and tsunami of 1755. Fado songs are meant to reveal sadness felt by sailors and their families.
Some of the most frequently visited sites in Alfama quarter are:
Sé Cathedral, impressive neo-gothic style, the first religious structure after the Moors on the 12th century. It is one of the most frequently visited sites in Lisbon by travelers.
Saint Anthony Church, with exterior design in the late Baroque style, is dedicated to Saint Anthony, Portugal’s patron saint. A small underground chapel houses the section of the crypt, according reports, where Saint Anthony was born in 1195. Saint Luzia is a charming view point, a scenic spot.