The Neighbourhood 4
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"
Tram 28 is the perfect means to discover some of the most interesting aspects of Lisbon’s historical and architectural heritage. It is known as the “tourist tram” and passes through Alfama, Lisbon downtown, Chiado and Bairro Alto.
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.
Casa dos Bicos
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.
Portas do Sol Viewpoint
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.