The neighbourhood of Alfama started life as a Lisbon’s working man’s residential district, home to sailors, labourers, drunks and homeless. As the wealth of Lisbon overflowed, it gradually encapsulated neighbourhoods like Alfama, which has been transformed into a popular artisan area, popular with both tourists and locals.
A ride on the historic number 28 tram will take you from Alfama, through steep and narrow streets into the cultural hearts of Estrella and Graça. In more recent years, tourists have opted to navigate the streets by way of a tuk-tuk in order to save their legs from the merciless hills surrounding the neighbourhood.
Alfama , right next to national Pantheon, was best place I ever lived. River view, not much traffic/car noise. Only bad noise was skateboarders in summer, council cleaning up after the market on Sat & Tuesdays. All more than tolerable. Easy walk up to Graca. The view, the hills (my legs were in great shape) the swimming pool less than 30secounds from my apartment, Jardim Botto Machado nearby for morning exercise or coffee, the jog down to Praça do Comércio and back was more or less 5km, and running back up the hills of Alfama at 6am on the start of hot summers day was priceless. - Vertex, December 2020
For me Alfama it's one charming, poetic and beautiful neighborhood specially in the area of the flea market and National Phanteon but everyone like diferent things. I wouldn't change for anything. - Hugo, April 2020
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