Things to do in Alfama

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Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

1. Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

Discover the historical center of Lisbon on a private electric Tuk Tuk Tour. See the famous neighborhoods like Chiado, Graça, and more. Ride through the beautiful districts of Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real, and Estrela. You will learn about the history and culture of one of the oldest capital cities in Europe from your guide. Your guide will take you through the narrow and cobbled-stoned neighborhoods of Alfama, Graça, Mouraria, and the contemporary districts of Chiado and Bairro Alto. Finally, marvel at the beautiful panoramic setting of River Tagus before ending the tour. 

Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

2. Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

Lisbon: Food Tasting Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with 4 Stops

3. Lisbon: Food Tasting Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with 4 Stops

Wake up your taste buds on a food tasting tour of Lisbon. Cruise around the city in an electric tuk tuk, experiencing incredible views and even more incredible flavors along the way. Feel like a local in the city, learning about Lisbon’s history from the stories of your local guide. Take a scenic drive through Alfama, Graca, São Vicente, and Baixa, some of the cities’ oldest areas. Enjoy 4 different food tasting experiences along the way, making stops in some of the best places to grab traditional food and drink in Lisbon.

Lisbon: Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner

4. Lisbon: Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner

Explore Lisbon's Alfama district, local cuisine, and the UNESCO-listed musical genre of Fado on this guided walking tour. Savor a traditional Portuguese dinner in the Alfama area, walk through the winding cobblestone streets of Mouraria, then head to a Fado house to attend a concert. Start your Fado tour of Lisbon with a typical dinner in the Alfama district. Find out about the local habits and cuisine in the city's oldest district, where fado was born in the early 19th century. Then, wander down the alleys of the old part of town on a walking tour through Mouraria and Alfama (1 hour approximately). End at a traditional Fado house and listen to the mournful melodies of Fado, a quintessentially Portuguese genre produced by a Portuguese guitar and characterized by heartfelt lyrics. Lose yourself in the atmosphere and mood of the music. Fado was inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2011.

Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

5. Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals on a guided walking tour. Built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots, explore the city with a local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Begin the tour in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass by the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy views of Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the San Roque Church built by the Jesuits. Admire its austere façade, and the gilding, tiles, and paintings inside that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque styles. Head down the hill to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. See a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol, see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Explore Alfama, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. End the tour at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

Lisbon: Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. Lisbon: Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour with Hotel Pickup

See the highlights of Lisbon in a fun and novel way, cruising around the city's streets by tuk-tuk. Your guide knows where to find the best views, the photo opportunities and the most interesting places, and will drive you from one to the next on a 2-hour tour. Stops include Lisbon Cathedral, the Church of Saint Anthony, the Castle district, the Monastery of Saint Vincent and others. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, there’s also a flea market to visit. These are just a few of the many exciting things in store for you on your tuk-tuk tour. Don't miss this opportunity to explore beautiful Lisbon in a truly unique way.

Best of Lisbon: Private Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

7. Best of Lisbon: Private Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Take in Lisbon's key attractions on a guided tour by tuk-tuk. See the highlights of the Portuguese capital, including famous Commerce Square, Lisbon Cathedral, Pink street, Time out Market, National Pantheon, St Vincent’s Church. Explore popular and historic neighborhoods, such as the Alfama and Graça. Begin your tour with a convenient Starting point (Time Out Market) Then, jump into your tuk-tuk and head downtown towards an area full of historical monuments and attractions such as 12th Century's Lisbon cathedral and 17th Century’s City Hall Building. Then, to the viewpoints of Alfama and Graca such as Portas do Sol and Senhora do Monte which offers unprecedented views of Lisbon. Next, continue to Alfama's tiny and narrow streets where you can experience Alfama's famous homemade Cherry liquor called Ginja. From Alfama, we keep going by the river towards the famous Commerce square where beautiful Royal Palace of Rebeira was once situated and was destroyed by the Great Earthquake of Lisbon in 1755. At the end we conclude your memorable tour at Time Out Market where we started.

B-Side of Lisbon by E-Bike: 3-Hour Guided Tour

8. B-Side of Lisbon by E-Bike: 3-Hour Guided Tour

Cycle through Lisbon on this 3-hour guided tour, and tackle the city’s 7 hills nearly effortlessly on your e-bike. Bike with a local and learn about the history of Lisbon and her people. Your ride will take you through the oldest quarters of the city. Climb to the most beautiful viewpoints that Lisbon has to offer and cycle through the narrowest streets, where only you are able to pass. Cycling in Lisbon is an amazing experience because of the city’s natural features, which make it one of the most interesting urban scenarios to explore. Discover the real Lisbon, with your guide by your side!

Lisbon: Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour

9. Lisbon: Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour

This was where it all started. Meet in the heart of the city nestled on the oldest hill in Lisbon. It is the hill of fado and of the typical taverns that preserve their genius and traditional roots. From the quarters of Graça and Alfama, through Mouraria up to the São Jorge Castle, you may be lucky enough to come across a sardine barbecue on the streets. Hop out into Alfama, take a walk through this music quarter, and listen to its cries. You will be able to see Roman remains, medieval houses that survived the 1755 earthquake, the magnificent Lisbon Cathedral, squares livened up by outdoor cafés, and nooks and alleys reminiscent of Arab cities – Lisbon’s multicultural history has also left its mark here.  In addition, enjoy incredible views of the city from the many natural windows that it offers.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour by E-Bike

10. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour by E-Bike

Discover the beauty of Lisbon and explore the city's highest points comfortably with an e-bike. Begin your cycling tour after a short briefing and cycle towards the viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara, passing the Portuguese Parliament. Continue along the Avenida da Liberdade and take a look at the finest and most expensive shops in Lisbon. Afterwards, discover the area around the Castelo de São Jorge and enjoy a fantastic view of the city from the famous Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Drive down towards the historic Alfama Quarter and finally reach the starting point of the tour at Handelsplatz.

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What people are saying about Alfama

Overall rating

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based on 16,004 reviews

Last minute decision turned out to be one of the best things we did in Portugal. Rifat, our guide, showed us places in Lisbon we never would have found on our own. He was engaging, very knowledgeable, and based his itinerary on our interests. Request him if you can, and if you’re tired of walking up and down the very steep hills of Lisbon is for you. Great way to spend a couple of hours. Highly recommended.

We had a great time with Penelope! She took us throughout Lisbon and was very thorough and enthusiastic. Would highly recommend this tour. It was a fun way to see the city and visit key sites.

Rana was a great tour guide! Very informative and entertaining. Appreciated the time he took to explain historical sites

Perfect trip to do for your first day in Lisbon. Then you have an overview for the city!

Great stories! Prepare to have an extended tour as there was too much to tell :)