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Snapshots from Alfama & The Best View in Lisbon

April 18, 2017

Tram 28 in Alfama, Lisbon, PortugalColourful Tiled Building, Alfama LisbonAlfama, Lisbon, Portugal

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Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Alfama Flowers, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

When I was looking at places to stay in Lisbon, Alfama always came up as one of the most picturesque places with its cute cobblestoned alleyways filled with colourful tiled houses nestled on a hil with Tram 28 running through the hilly streets, so I knew we had to stay there.

Our airbnb had the best location, right on the outskirts of Alfama by the Santa Apalonia Train Station, so we had easy access to pretty much anywhere in Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra, while still feeling like we were buried in the winding streets of Alfama.

Tiled Builing in Alfama, Lisbon, PortugalTiled Builing in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

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Tiles in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Tiles in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Se Cathedral in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

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Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Alfama is the oldest part of Lisbon dating back to the early 700’s and the Moorish Invasion. Back in the day, it was once the entire city of Lisbon. Over the years, it became the home of the local fishermen and the poor, and apparently it still is quite a poor neighbourhood to live in, though it’s still very safe and has very little crime.

We always felt safe wandering through the streets, even at night, though as usual watch out for pickpockets in the main areas who tend to target distracted tourists.

Portas do Sol Viewpoint in Alfama, Lisbon, PortugalPortas do Sol Viewpoint in Alfama, Lisbon, PortugalTram 28 in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

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Flowers in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Portas do Sol Viewpoint in Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal
Portas do Sol Viewpoint

My favourite view of the whole of Lisbon has to be the view from Portas do Sol in Alfama. It was definitely a hike to get to the top from our airbnb, but it was definitely worth it for the sunset view. You can get the famous Tram 28 to the top if you don’t want to hike it, but it’s worth wandering through the streets to get to the top.

I’d definitely recommend going at sunset when all the colouful houses glow. I wish we’d have gotten there just a little bit earlier as the sun had just gone down, but the view was still amazing! It was definitely my favourite view in Lisbon.

Have you been to Lisbon? What did you think of Alfama?

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    Kate
    April 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    All your photos are so pretty! Those houses all look so cute. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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      April
      April 19, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Thanks, Kate! Alfama was just so pretty to explore! I want my own tiled house haha!
      xo April

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    Tieka, Selective Potential
    April 19, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Wow, this town looks so quaint and darling! I’d love to visit here someday! xo

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      April
      April 19, 2017 at 7:05 am

      It was so nice to wander through the little cobblestone streets! I want my own tiled house now haha!
      xo April

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    Danielle
    April 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    You have SUCH an eye for photography April! I am in love with the building in the second picture!

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    Alyssa
    April 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I want to go to Portugal so badly! It looks like you’ve been a few places there…do you have any favorites? I’m hoping to plan a weekend break soon. πŸ™‚

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      April
      April 27, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      It was lovely there, though we only visited Lisbon and the surrounding towns of Cascais and Sintra. Definitely recommend it!
      xo April

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    Gemma Evans
    April 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Loving all these pastel colours and patterned tiles <3 I've added Alfama to my travel map!

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      April
      April 30, 2017 at 7:45 am

      I’m so excited for your trip haha! I hope you enjoy it, and seriously, if you need any tips or have any questions, just let me know! πŸ™‚
      xo April

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