Pastéis de Nata and a cup of coffee in Lisbon, Portugal

Staying in the Alfama District of Lisbon

On our visit to Lisbon, Jeremy and I stayed in the oldest neighborhood in the city, Alfama, and you should too! Read on for all the reasons why you should consider staying in Alfama on your visit to Lisbon.

Interest in staying in Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood? Check out this post for six reasons why you should stay in Alfama!

Staying in the Alfama District of Lisbon

The history of Alfama

Largely inhabited by fishermen and people who worked at the port of Lisbon in the past, Alfama has seen a rebirth in recent years, and is now considered to be one of the coolest areas in the city.

Why you should stay in Alfama

It’s a photographer’s dream

Alfama is incredibly picturesque, with small laneways, tiled buildings, and unexpected beauty around every corner. 

Stay in Alfama, Lisbon
A cute corner in Alfama

It’s full of history

The history is palpable in Alfama – if you want to feel like you’re in a different time and place, stay there. Being the oldest neighborhood in the city, it’s home to some of the oldest buildings in Lisbon, including the Cattedrale Sé, Castelo de São Jorge, Panteão Nacional, and the Igreja de Santo António. If you’re a history buff, you should definitely stay in Alfama.

It’s well connected

The main area of the city center (Baixa) is in walking distance, and Lisbon’s historic tram runs through the neighborhood.

It’s got great nightlife

Another reason to stay in Alfama is that it’s full of great little bars and venues that play Fado, which is a traditional genre of music in Portugal.

It’s got great people

We really felt like locals while we stayed in Alfama after being invited to a neighborhood lunch. Of course, I can’t guarantee that the same will happen to you, but overall, the people were incredibly friendly, and we had some excellent food.

Don’t stay in Alfama if…

I would suggest not staying in Alfama if you’re unable to walk up and down lots of hills on uneven cobblestones. Like I said, this part of the city is old, so the streets are old too.

No matter where you stay, it’s important to know that Lisbon itself is very hilly, so bring comfortable walking shoes!

A staircase in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon
A pic from our nighttime adventure walk in Alfama
Ginjinha in Lisbon
Ginjinha – bottoms up!
Pastéis de Nata in a Lisbon café
Pastéis de Nata and a cup of coffee for breakfast
The Costa do Castelo, Lisbon
Walking along the Costa do Castelo
Portuguese soup
Caldo verde at the neighborhood lunch

More Lisbon guides

Want more Lisbon? Eat at Cervejaria Ramiro and hike to Praia da Ursa.

Wondering where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal? Consider Alfama, the city's oldest district! Alfama is a great place to stay in Lisbon for six main reasons. Check out this post for all you need to know about staying in Alfama on your visit to Lisbon!


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