The Neighbourhood 3
With its narrow streets, stairways, and viewpoints, Alfama is the most genuine and authentic neighborhood in the city, marked by ancient traditions, the São Jorge Castle, the Cathedral, and of course Fado, recently considered UNESCO immaterial cultural heritage.
Alfama is a neighbourhood to explore on foot, following a rough itinerary but with an open mind for the unexpected and the surprises that await in the area's many streets and alleyways.
All illustrations by ©Ana Martins & João Varela
The Cathedral "Sé"
Founded in 1147, Lisbon Cathedral is one of the city’s landmarks and it was built when the first king of Portugal conquered the city from the Moors.
Portas do Sol Viewpoint
This is one of Alfama ́s most iconic viewpoints. The view feels like a postcard. It's like a balcony from which you can overlook one of Lisbon's most authentic neighbourhoods.
Augusta street is located in one of the busiests quarters of Lisbon. This
pedestrian street has all sorts of shops, flower peddlars, hot chestnuts sellers, street cafes, independent street artists. It has on both extremes two magnificent squares: Rossio square and Commerce square.
A tribute to the special form of singing – today considered UNESCO Immaterial Cultural Heritage – and to the men and women who have dedicated their voices and feelings to its development.
Feira da Ladra
The largest street market in the old city – and one of the longest established – it takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with secondhand items such as vinyl, crockery, clothes and antiques. Go early to get the best bargains.