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Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

From US$ 17.64 per person

Explore Lisbon's historic Alfama district on a 2.5-hour walking tour and discover the oldest and most atmospheric part of the city. Learn how it survived the Great Earthquake of 1755 as you walk the narrow streets past fado bars and Roman foundations.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Wander the historic streets of Lisbon's atmospheric Alfama district
  • Learn how Alfama was the only part of Lisbon to survive the 1755 earthquake
  • Climb to St. George’s Castle for panoramic city views
  • Explore the history of Portuguese fado music
  • Go to Lisbon Cathedral and the Church of St. Anthony
  • Admire the Fountain of the King
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Discover the monuments of Alfama, one of the oldest and most atmospheric districts of Lisbon, and the only part of the city to survive the Great Earthquake of 1755. The neighborhood is a silent witness to the past glories and tragedy of Portugal, from the fall of empires to the birth of the new nation. Wander the narrow streets and ornate squares that echoed to the sounds of Phoenician traders, calls to prayer, and the rattle of historic trams. Here you will find the heart of fado music, a sound of longing and loss that gives voice to the languages, cultures, and religions that have all contributed to the district’s rich sense of community. Walk down Moorish streets and see some of the Roman foundations of Lisbon. Follow the silvery banks of the River Tagus, and marvel at the sun-bleached sandstone walls of the Castle of St George. Make your ascent to the city summit gently to let your breath be taken away by the amazing views.
  • Local guide
  • Pickup or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Entrance to sites or museums
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 13 years old go free of charge
  • Please note that the itinerary may change if the guide customizes the tour for your group
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based on 112 reviews

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Lisbon is a city that seems to go uphill in both directions. Fortunately our guide was very patient while we followed him to the top of the district. The view was certainly worth it as was the wealth of information about the history of Portugal and the architecture. At one point Portugal was a world leader and controlled all sea trade to the Far West and Africa. Putting the history in context as we toured the oldest undamaged district in Lisbon was very enlightening.

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September 7, 2022

Rita made this tour fun!

Very interesting and worthwhile tour of the Alfama district. Great to get insights from a local. Rita was great: friendly, engaging, funny, and enthusiastic, with good suggestions of restaurants and fado bars to visit. The whole group was congenial - very international. I really enjoyed this tour and wish I had time to do others! Learned a lot...

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April 28, 2019

an entertaining and

Fred is a passionate, funny and educated guide! He focused the tour on local history (-ies) and people of Alfama and thanks to him we got to know locals and started conversations about the life of the quarter. We learned about the living as well as the past cultural life of Alfama, celebrations and habits. Have a try!

September 25, 2018

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