Alfama has retained many of its medieval buildings and unusual architecture from a period of Moorish rule. When the Lisbon earthquake hit in 1755, the district in the center of Lisbon was one of the least devastated areas. The Moorish Castle of Saint George looms large on the skyline from on top of a hill. Roman ruins and brightly colored houses add to the charm of Alfama.

To get a different view of the major architectural attractions, head to the Portas do Sol lookout and café for stunning views over Lisbon’s medieval heart. Start your history lesson in Roman times at the ruins of a Roman theater and museum displaying unearthed carvings and artifacts.

Walk a few blocks through the charming tree-lined streets to the Castle de São Jorge. The fortress was constructed by the Moorish rulers in the 6th century and captured during the Crusades, after which it underwent renovations and became the Royal Palace. In one of the rebuilt rooms of the Royal Palace you can watch a multimedia film on Lisbon’s history.

Don’t miss the Cathedral of Lisbon. The city’s oldest surviving building was constructed in 1150.

If you’re interested in imagining Alfama before the earthquake, head to the Tile Museum, housed in an old and lavish monastery. View five centuries of tile artworks, including a 75-foot (23-meter) tile cityscape created in 1738.

Enjoy the opulent painted roofs, artworks and furniture of a 17th-century palace in the Museum of Decorative Arts, housed inside the Azura Palace. Next door you can watch artisans creating replicas of the antiques using age-old techniques.

Go to the waterfront nearby the Santa Apolonia train station for modern boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. For the best traditional fish dishes try the area around the Casa dos Bicco, a 16th-century palace encased in spikes.

The center of Lisbon is best explored on foot. Further out there are trams, buses and an underground metro system.

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Top hotels in Alfama

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Convento do Salvador
3 out of 5
Rua do Salvador, 2 B, Lisbon, Lisboa
SG$172/night
23 Aug-24 Aug
4.6/5Exceptional! (332 reviews)

Located in Alfama, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Castle of Sao Jorge and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Rossio Square and Santa ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (332 reviews)

"Amazing hotel. Loved staying here. Room great. Very central and staff exceptional"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug,2019

Hotel Convento do Salvador
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Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua de Santiago, 10 a 14, Lisbon
SG$411/night
21 Aug-22 Aug
4.8/5Exceptional! (130 reviews)

Located in Alfama, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Castle of Sao Jorge, and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Santa Justa Elevator ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (130 reviews)

"Staff very friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful"…"

Reviewed on 21 May,2019

Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel
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The Indy House
3 out of 5
Rua Maria da Fonte 25, Lisbon, Lisbon
SG$138/night
25 Aug-26 Aug
4.3/5Excellent! (156 reviews)

Located in Alfama, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Castle of Sao Jorge are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (156 reviews)

"close to downtown, little welcome package of apples was great"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul,2019

The Indy House
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Memmo Alfama
4 out of 5
Travessa das Merceeiras, 27 - Alfama, Lisbon
SG$330/night
24 Aug-25 Aug
4.8/5Exceptional! (707 reviews)

Located in Alfama, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Castle of Sao Jorge. Commerce Square and Santa Justa Elevator ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (707 reviews)

"Loved everything about property and people!, including a welcome tour. Amazing food."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug,2019

Memmo Alfama
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Tandem Palacio Alfama
3.5 out of 5
Rua dos Remédios 139, Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon, Lisbon
SG$168/night
25 Aug-26 Aug
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Located in Alfama, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Fado Museum, Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Castle of Sao Jorge. Commerce Square and Santa ...

Tandem Palacio Alfama
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Hello Lisbon Castelo Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua de São Tomé, 26, Lisbon
SG$127/night
25 Aug-26 Aug
4/5Very Good! (630 reviews)

Located in Alfama, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Castle of Sao Jorge and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Santa Justa ...

4/5Very Good! (630 reviews)

"Great view of the city. Vibrant part of town. Excellent air conditioning. Very helpful staff when we checked in."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug,2019

Hello Lisbon Castelo Apartments

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