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The oldest and most traditional neighbourhood in Lisbon, with cobbled lanes and alleys and steep, gruelling inclines, should be discovered little by little, stopping frequently to savour the view, atmosphere and authentic spirit of the oldest side of the capital. Take a deep breath and start to climb the hill that will reveal one of the best views of the city.
There are many ways to get to where old Lisbon is hidden away. Whether you come by boat, metro, bus or even tram, the tangle of streets punctuated by rails below and flower boxes above has to be discovered on foot. How else could you discover Beco do Forno do Sol (answer: in Graça, on the way to Vila Berta) or Cruzes da Sé, to which references exist from 1690? Or even Escadinhas da Saúde or Beco do Quebra-Costas, a street that has existed since 1565?
The cobblestones, testimony to the centuries and centuries of history, also await your footsteps. Enter the Sé (cathedral), dating from 1147, where you can still see the Tesouro (treasury) and the Roman ruins which preceded it. Continue up and don’t forget your camera: from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia you can see the pure essence of Alfama and the splendour of the Tagus, which is particularly impressive on sunny days. Once you’ve recovered your breath totally and let the sweet chords of the Portuguese guitar soothe your soul – it is at the heart of Fado, after all – climb up to the Castelo de São Jorge and visit the City Information Centre.
Only after absorbing every angle of Lisbon and feeling like a true conqueror of the city can you – and should you – go to Portas do Sol and enjoy the outdoor cafés which give the square its name; or climb up to get an even higher and even more special viewpoint. Even if the sun sets, there are countless restaurants and Fado houses where you can recharge your batteries and let the city cast its spell. Come and be won over.
The no. 28 is a little treasure on rails.
The small yellow trams beg to be photographed as they travel through the prettiest historic and residential quarters of the city.
Opening the windows and letting the parade of buildings covered in azulejos pass you by, glimpsing the sudden ascents and marvelling at the winding route between hills, miradouros and squares that take your breath away, is one of the things you have to do while in the city.
The no. 28 shuttles between Graça and Prazeres, on a route that slips between historic bairros, passed palaces, visits the cathedral, crosses Baixa, climbs up to Chiado and Estrela and ends in Campo de Ourique.
The comforting sound of its bell ensures that, even if you get off to see the attractions along the way, the no. 28 will always return to take you home.
Built in the mid-11th century, this fortification still retains eleven towers displaying various architectural features characteristic of military fortifications from the Moorish period. The steps leading up the sides of the curtain walls provide access to the ramparts and towers enabling visitors to explore the entire perimeter.
Come and discover the final resting place of Portugal’s most illustrious figures. Built in the 16th century as the church of Santa Engrácia by Princess Dona Maria, daughter of King Manuel I, the church never fulfilled its purpose.
It is thanks to her that the saying “like the construction of Santa Engrácia” came into being to denote something which is never completed. In fact, it was finished in the mid-20th century, 350 years later.
You’ll thus discover the legend of the secret love of Simão Pires and Violante, a novice from the neighbouring convent of Santa Clara.
It was the curse uttered by Simão that gave rise to the expression when unjustly burned alive for suspicion of stealing some relics when in fact he was just going to meet his lover.
Come and discover the grand stage for such a tragic love story, considered the most beautiful Baroque building in Lisbon.
This is undoubtedly one of Lisbon’s most beautiful miradouros. Factors which contribute to this are the trams which pass by and sound their bells, the magnificent decorative tiles, the garden and the pond. At the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, you can set your compass by the domes of the surrounding churches. Because you’ll need to get your bearings in the tangle of Alfama’s streets. Discover the dome of Santa Engrácia, the church of Santo Estevão and the two towers of the church of São Miguel. Enjoy the café and the kiosk to observe the panels by António Quaresma, which show what Praça do Comércio was like before the earthquake and the taking of the castle from the Moors. With the Tagus always In the background and a huge desire to keep on wandering.
The Museu do Fado (Fado Museum) is a must while in Lisbon. Besides representing one of the region’s most important cultural legacies, it explores a musical genre classified as intangible cultural heritage.
It has a permanent exhibition and holds temporary shows, alongside a document centre and an auditorium with a very interesting programme and regular events.
Examining the artistic and bibliographical careers of dozens of artists and displaying an emblematic painting by the artist José Malhoa, amongst many other references and figures, the Museu do Fado is a place all visitors must see.
Technology is used to take a more in-depth look at history via the interactive information points that document the history of fado throughout the museum and the audio guides which allow you to listen to dozens of fado songs composed and sung down the decades.
The time and notes fly, in a refurbished building of historical interest close to the neighbourhoods where you can find fado being sung at night.
A ARTE DA TERRA is one of the most original shops in Lisbon. Located in the old stables of Cathedral, you can find a selection of the best of portuguese arts and crafts
ALFAMA APARTMENT SERVICES, comfortable apartments in the heart of Alfama with stunning views of Tejo.
The projects Alfama's Nest, Sé Nest and Martim Moniz Nest is a pioneering project in the tourism sector, consists on local accommodation of several apartments of T0, T1 and T2, located in the old quarters of Lisbon.
Audrey's is open all day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, sharing plates in late afternoon and dinner service.
Cais da Pedra is a restaurant is a project by the inventive chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, one of most acclaimed chefs, and with a special focus on signature hamburgers.
Given its outstanding location, a highlight of the Castelo de São Jorge is its many viewpoints affording majestic and unparalleled views of Lisbon.
If you think the Castle of São Jorge is old, wait until you see the objects and remains of the inhabitants of this hill over the more than 25 centuries of settlements.
Discover the special chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde. With a troubled history and impressive artefacts, this chapel is worth getting to know.
An original, unique and artistic way to get a view of Lisbon. Climb up one of the city’s most iconic streets to discover a place with a special panoramic vista of the city.
A visit to São Vicente de Fora is a must during your stay in Lisbon. Besides having one of the most important churches in the city, the artworks inside are unique.
Right in the heart of Alfama, the best Portuguese traditional cooking and with the greatest portuguese Fado voices.
Lisbon's first delicatessen! DeliDelux excels in distinction and good taste, offering a wide and careful selection of fine grocery! You will also find a delicious brunch waiting for you!
Traditional Portuguese Cuisine, Concerts and Exhibitions. An irresistible space in the heart of Lisbon, where art and gastronomy meet.
Get to know Lisboa with our guides in a unforgettable fun and 100% green experience contributing for a Sustainable Tourism!!!
Fado in Si is a fado house for those who enjoy fado. Here you can hear great fado voices, so that, even if you do not understand the words, you feel the feeling and feel the fate / fado
Already on the urban art itinerary, it captivates all those who see it. The mural “Fado Vadio” is a tribute to fado and one of the areas that most helped to develop it.
Discover treasures at Lisbon’s most iconic market, the Feira da Ladra, or flea market, where there’s always something original, kitsch or vintage to be found.
Climb up to Graça, with the help of the no. 28, for the Feira de Artesanato Urbano da Graça every last weekend of the month, the extra push you need to face the slopes.
There, where ‘saudade’ is acclaimed as the soul of a people, lies one of the oldest and most authentic secrets of Lisboa: the Mystery Of Fado…