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Alfama: Walking Tour in Lisbon’s Old Town

Historical soul of Lisbon with its major attractions

Quick Details

Duration: 3 hours

This tour runs every day at 09:30 / 14:00 / 17:00

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 Base price for 2 people

Explore Alfama: Pleasantly Upbeat Old Town in Lisbon

There is a saying that any Portuguese town looks like a bride’s finery- something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. We will see whether it holds true while walking around Alfama and see Lisbon’s old town.

Alfama is Lisbon’s most picturesque neighborhood 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 gather together at our meeting point, we will walk to Portas de Santo Antão and Rossio. Santo Antão is the liveliest area of Baixa during the night with its famous restaurants and the Portuguese attending the shows at the theatres.

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

Continue to  Igreja de São Domingues in the middle of downtown with its unique structure. 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 earthquakes and fires, yet it is still here and attracting many curious eyes. The church interior is painted in a hunting orange color and with its morose atmosphere, the Igreja Sao Domingos is a truly unique sight of Lisbon.

Visit the São Vincente De Fora Monastery: Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls.
It is one of the most important monasteries and mannerist buildings in Portugal and definitely one of the highlights during our walking tour.

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

Explore the Lisbon Castle rising majestically above Lisbon. Learn about the turbulent history reflected throughout the Castle with fortified battlements, medieval royal quarters, and seaward views, which inspired exploration within Portuguese kings and see fantastic views of the Baixa district.

We will continue our walk to Portas do Sol: ‘’Gate to the sun’’. 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.

From here we will visit Lisbon Cathedral: Lisbon’s most important and iconic religious building.
See the exterior that resembles more that of a fortification than the religious center, with massive solid walls and two imposing clock towers.
The Sé Cathedral is a wonderful ancient complex that is steeped in history and no holiday to Lisbon is complete without visiting this magnificent monument.

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 the Fado Museum, where our tour guide will tell you the history of Fado.