East of the Baixa, climb past Lisbon’s ancient cathedral, discover the remains of the city’s medieval castle and enjoy panoramic views.
Explore the old Lisbon in the historic neighbourhoods around the castle – wander through the narrow and maze-like streets of Alfama, edging north to Graça for a distinctive outlook over the castle and the city.
Follow our guide, and use the map below to locate the attractions. By night, search for the soul of fado given that Alfama is home to some of the best fado restaurants in Lisbon. If visiting in June, don’t miss the arraiais (street parties) during the Feast of St Anthony.
1. The Sé
Halfway up a long, steep hill heading to the castle, the Sé is Lisbon’s ancient cathedral. It’s a large and impressive Romanesque structure dated from the foundation of Portugal in the 12th century. Read More
2. Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon, the Miradouro de Santa Luzia offers amazing views over the Alfama neighbourhood and the river. Read More
3. Miradouro das Portas do Sol
The viewpoint from Portas do Sol in Alfama offers wide open vistas over the coloured houses of Alfama and the River Tejo. Read More
4. Castelo de São Jorge
Overseeing Lisbon, the medieval castle is set on the highest of the city’s seven hills. It is the most visited tourist site, and perhaps the most impressive one, if not for the castle itself at least for its position offering the best views of Lisbon and the River Tejo. Read More
5. Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Admire the Renaissance church, but perhaps even more interesting is the adjoining monastery with its beautiful cloisters and azulejos (tile panels). Largo de São Vicente
6. Feira da Ladra
With the beautiful Panteão next to it, Lisbon’s main flea market has all sorts of stuff, including touristy items, crafts, clothing, antiques, pottery, and also an area for a car boot style second-hand selling. Read More
7. Panteão Nacional
With a white dome rising above Alfama, the Panteão Nacional houses the tombs of distinguished Portuguese figures. From the terrace, there are stunning views over the River Tejo and the city. Read More
8. Streets of Alfama
Ditch the maps and wander through the medieval streets that run from Rua de São Pedro, Rua de São Miguel and Rua dos Remédios. You are bound to get lost in the maze of narrow streets and alleys, but that’s the fun of it. Don’t worry if you get tired or really get lost – there is always a café, a restaurant or a bus/tram stop just around the corner.
9. Museu do Fado
Sample some of the best fado voices at the Museu do Fado. Learn about the fado history and the instruments it uses. Read More
10. Museu do Azulejo
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo (tile museum) boasts a unique collection of azulejos, including Portugal’s longest azulejo featuring a 40-metre long panorama of Lisbon. Read More