Alfama Lisbon Old Quarter Walking Tour

Quick Details

Duration: 3 hours

This tour runs every day

  • Morning tour leaves at 09:30
  • Afternoon tour leaves at 14:00

Meeting Point

  • Rossio Train Station. Please walk in and see the Starbucks. Your guide will wait by the Starbucks inside the train station.
Adults (Ages 10+)
Children (Ages 3-9)
Infants (Ages 2 and Under)
Private Tour

Pleasantly Upbeat Old Town Lisbon

There is a saying that any Portuguese town looks likes a bride’s finery- something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. During our Old Town Lisbon tour, you will have a chance to see whether Lisbon looks like this saying is telling us.

Once we gather together at our meeting point, we will walk to Portas de Santo Antao and Rossion. Portas de Santo Antao is the liveliest area of Baixa during the night, as restaurants swell catering for hungry tourist and the Portuguese attend the shows in the theatres.

Rossio is famous for its wave pattern stone paving which stretches the length of the square.

Close to the Portas de Santo Antao and Rossio is S.Domingos church and the Jewish memorial. In the middle of downtown lies this unique S.Domingos church. Built in 1241, it was the location of important events like royal weddings, inquisition trials, numerous fairs, and markets. It even has been destroyed by earthquake and fire, but yet it is still here and attracting many curious eyes. The church interior is painted in a hunting orange color.

No other church in Lisbon was pitted against so many natural disasters, definitely one of the highlights during our walking tour.

Next, we will see a Jewish memorial. It is a tribute to those who were victims of the religious intolerance and fanatism that drove into the 1506 Jewish Massacre. Our tour guide Estela will tell you the sad history of this event and how it affected Lisbon culture in overall.

From here we will reach Roman theatre, where our tour guide will tell you a Roman history of Lisbon. The Roman theatre museum will perfectly give you an insight into the roots of Lisbon. The museum is set inside the two buildings from different areas, where one is from eighteen century and another one from nineteenth. It is a perfect example of industrial architecture.

We will see as well Lisbon Castle- The Castelo de Sao Jorge. This castle stands majestically above central Lisbon. Exactly at Lisbon Castle, you can see fantastic views of the Baixa district.

We will continue our walk to Portas do Sol. You might hear somebody saying ‘’Gate to the sun’’, it is the English translation to Portas do Sol. Located in Lisbon’s historical center, this place invites many people from all around the world. Here you can see amazing views overlooking the Alfama rooftops and the river Tagus. We would say and we are pretty sure, once you will see, you will agree that Portas do Sol is one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon.

From here we will visit Lisbon Cathedral and will enter Alfama. Alfama is Lisbon’s most picturesque neighbourhood and a feast for the eyes. The brightly painted, albeit weathered houses, the pretty flowers bursting from balconies and the impressive tiling that decorates almost every inch of the district will stay with you for the rest of your time in Lisbon.

Once we are here, as well, you will have a chance to learn about Jewish history from the Jewish quarter.

Along the way we touch on such key themes as Moorish rule and influence, Lisbon’s working class, and, of course, Fado music and culture. We will pass Fado houses and will finish our walking tour and the entrance of Fado Museum, where our tour guide will tell you a history of Fado.

Exploring Lisbon’s old quarter Alfama’s maze of tiny streets, cobblestoned lanes, and steep staircases feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. The winding, rabbit warren of alleyways lined with intricately tiled houses with wrought iron balconies, hanging washing, and colourful, peeling paint reinforce the feeling that this is a living, breathing district. Join our guided walking tour to experience it all with your own eyes.