Lisbon audio tour: The Soul of Alfama

About the Tour

"If Alfama would be demolished even the pickaxes would weep", wrote historian and writer Norberto de Araújo.

The Soul of Alfama will take you on a journey through a neighbourhood that has been the home to Romans, Moors, Jewish and Christian communities.

Visiting Alfama is stepping into an ancient village within the city, wherever you turn is a postcard with vivid colours, arches, tile panels, street art, fountains, eclectic balconies, tiny streets with potted plants, clotheslines, and stunning river views.

Founded in the time of the Romans or perhaps even earlier and then given shape by the Moors, this district, as you’ll see, is a unique location in the heart of one of the oldest capitals in Europe.

During this journey you’ll hear about its history, stories, people and the Portuguese soul music, Fado. Step into Alfama's Soul, and discover one of the oldest and most interesting stories Lisbon has to tell.

Tour Producer

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Lisbon with Pats

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Major Landmarks

  • Miradouro de Santa Luzia

  • Miradouro das Portas do Sol

  • Igreja de Santo Estêvão Lisbon

  • Miradouro de Santo Estevao

  • Igreja de São Miguel

  • Museu do Fado

Directions to Starting Point

In front of Santa Luzia Viewpoint, by Tram n.º 28 Stop

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Castle of St. George, Lisbon's Cathedral, Fado Museum

Best time of day

Early Morning or one hour before sunset (the golden hour), to get the most of Lisbon's light.

Precautions

Keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets tend to target tourists in crowded areas, especially on tram 28. The alleyways of Alfama are very narrow. This can sometimes result in poor GPS signal, which can lead to some tracks not triggering automatically. In this case, please open the app and manually play the correct audio track or look at the map to find the next location.

Comments

Amazing experience through the "maze" of the Alfama. The buildings and locations come alive. A totally different and engaging way of visiting! Totally recommend.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 2 years ago

Thank you. Happy that you loved the experience.

Posted by Lisbon with Pats , about 2 years ago

Thank you so much for your precious feedback!

Posted by Lisbon with Pats , over 3 years ago

This tour is really well thought out. I’ve lived in Lisbon for about a year, but still the tour took me to places I had never seen, and taught me Lisbon history I hadn’t heard. The other major plus for many people is that the tour accomplished its goals with very little uphill stair climbing, a real feat in this hilly area! I came across live fado outside a restaurant, a lovely gentleman selling ginginha in front of his home (delicious, especially in the chocolate cup), and lots of lovely views and typical historic streets, full of life. There are many small restaurants and pastelerias along the route, in case you need to stop for refreshment. I’d allow more than the 45 minutes, as you’ll want to savor views and take some photos. Also, start with a full battery, as the GPS takes a toll. Thanks so much Lisbon with Pats!

Posted by Johnson , over 3 years ago
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