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Book a hotel near Alfama and you’ll find yourself in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Europe, with its tightly packed narrow cobblestone alley-ways, beautiful tiled walls and whitewashed houses. Get a glimpse of traditional Lisbon life and visit the neighbourhood cafes and small public squares where the locals hang out.
Things to Do in Alfama
One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Castle of St. George. Built in the 7th Century BC and located strategically atop a hill, from up here you’ll have incredible views over Lisbon.
Lisbon's Sé Cathedral was built by Portugal's first king and resembles more a medieval fortress than traditional church. Inside you’ll find beautiful Romanesque and Gothic interiors, as well as the resting place of St. Vincent, the official patron saint of Lisbon.
Alfama is not short of great vantage points. From Portas do Sol (or Santa Luzia) you have ac-cess to one of the best panoramic views going in the city. You will also find the statue of St. Vin-cent holding a boat with two ravens up here, which is the symbol of the city.
Culture in Lisbon
Visit the Decorative Arts Museum where you can learn about the lifestyles of the 18th Century rich and famous. This building is centuries old, with gorgeous wooden floors, painted ceilings, and panels of blue and white tiles. It was bought by a wealthy banker, who left his collection to the state; this includes Indo-Portuguese furniture, Chinese porcelain and Flemish tapestries.
Discover the beautiful Mosteiro São Vicente de Fora, with interiors and cloisters decorated with 18th century tiled panels, including panels depicting to La Fontaine's fables. Visit the National Pantheon, with its beautiful interiors covered in marble and dome that provides stunning views over the city; it also contains the tombs of several Portuguese presidents, as well as Amalia Rodrigues, the iconic Fado diva.
Head to the waterfront area of Doca do Jardim do Tabaco. Here you will find for-mer warehouses, once used for storing tobacco, now turned into trendy restaurants, cafes and beautiful boutique stores.