Lisbon’s Old Quarter, Portugal

Day one in Lisbon we visited Alfama Lisbon’s old quarter. It was criss cross of lanes or a steep flight of lanes or winding alleyways and we clutched on to our guide books and maps from the hotel as we kept devouring the sights during our walking tour. Alfama is Lisbon’s ancient Arab part.


The tour of Lisbon’s Old Quarter

We followed the advice given by almost every site and every book we started the tour from topmost part of Lisbon’s Old quarter, from Sao Jorge Castle Gate. We walked downwards; the colorful sailors’ quarters didn’t look anywhere close to the streets of Elvas or Evora. Worn down wall facades, worn out tiled exteriors, narrow lanes with river at a distance; we were actually walking through one of the rare feature of Lisbon which survived the great earth quake of 1755. Home to the poet Luis de Camos, he wrote about the place, the narrow streets “Our lips meet easily, high across the narrow street”.

Alfama_tour_Lisbon_4From the terrace by the church of Santa Luzia we got mesmerizing views of Alfama and River Tagus. The bougainvillea clad pergola is an ideal place to halt and rest our tired limbs. The south wall of Santa Luzia has a beautiful blue and white azulejo tiled panel depicting Praca do Comercio before it was flattened by earthquake. Watch for more pictures of Lisbon’s old quarters in future posts.
Alfama_tour_Lisbon_3Alfama_tour_Lisbon2View_from_AlfamaThe place looked more like a village or small town with no modern structures around. The place is now full of migrants from other countries and probably less of locals left. Hard to believe that it belonged to Lisbon city! We missed visiting a couple of interesting places as it was well past 6 in the evening. One of them was the Fado museum which has information on the history of this musical genre, its evolution, its influences on other forms of art (cinema included), major fado singers and composers.

We intended to watch the sunset here that too didn’t happen. My husband got pick pocketed here in these streets of Alfama and after that we were in a spin. More details about it in another post.

Time taken for Alfama walking tour: 1 hour if you don’t halt for too long at places of interest. The Sao Jorge Castle tour can take additional half an hour.

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75 Responses

  1. Karen S. says:

    Oh goodness! Great captures thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. Eileen says:

    Hello Indrani, lovely images from Portugal. My favorites are the lovely views of the water and I like all the red roof tops! Great post and images. Have a happy day!

  3. Lisbon’s old quarter is stunning!

  4. Some really great views here. – They have nice walls there. I like the one with the view of the ship out in the ocean.

  5. TexWisGirl says:

    beautiful views and huge wall!

  6. Hmm, didn’t know about pick-pocket incident. That is a sad thing to happen in a foreign land. Hope loss was not substantial

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      We did loose some money but then we had enough to fall back on and luckily his IDL was with me.
      Thanks Shrinidhi!

  7. sylviakirk says:

    I did enjoy this so much — as always, but today the things/places in your post brought back fun memories of my time spend there!! And, again, thank you for sharing!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Enjoy!!

  8. Rajesh says:

    Wonderful tour of Lisbon. There is lot to see here.

  9. Arun says:

    OMG. That’s bad. Hope you did not lose anything important.

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      Luckily Arun we didn’t loose anything important. His IDL was with me.
      Thank you for the concern. 🙂

  10. DeniseinVA says:

    Portugal is an amazing country and I love the look of Lisbon. Beautifully captured Indrani, I have really enjoyed my armchair traveling.

  11. Nice post, Awesome photos

  12. Bhavani says:

    Awesome pictures Indrani!! Amazing place

  13. magiceye says:

    You have captured the good old charm so beautifully!!

  14. Gunilla says:

    The old quarters are gorgeous!

  15. Sri Kri says:

    Feeling bad to know about the pickpocket incident.:(.

  16. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely old quarter! And so sorry to hear that you got pickpocketed.

  17. Beautiful captures as always dear.. Nice to know about the place 🙂

  18. Yogi saraswat says:

    What a beautiful place to visit . dream to be there a day !!

  19. Joyful says:

    Wonderful photos of your time in Portugal. I think you really enjoyed your visit there.

  20. Ami says:

    Sad that such a wonderful day had to end with a pick-pocketing incident. Hope you did not lose too much.
    Lovely post and pictures nonetheless.

  21. Bob says:

    Beautiful Lisbon, the roofs are lovely and sea. Excellent images.

  22. Awesome captures Indrani 🙂

  23. Gattina says:

    Must be a nice place to visit !

  24. Mridula says:

    I envy you for this beautiful trip!

  25. vatsala mallya says:

    Lovely images and beautiful houses with red roof tops.

  26. Beautiful pictures. Looks like a very interesting place. Thanks for sharing dear 🙂

  27. Great captures as usual. The pick pocket incident is unfortunate.

  28. Very nice post Indrani 🙂 Beautiful pictures. Loved reading this post of you.

  29. Rakesh Pandey says:

    Lovely pics, Indrani! You really know how to live life! 🙂

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      Aww.. live life… not sure of that 😛 🙂 but thank you so much for the compliments on my pics.

  30. You are rocking again with great pictures

  31. Sharmila Chand says:

    v nice

  32. Marie-AZ says:

    Gorgeous photos! A beautiful place!

  33. Interesting Post.. Appears to be a Place worth visiting..

  34. You are my Europe guide …. the orange roof and city looks magical

  35. Wow! amazing captures as always 🙂

  36. Vinitha says:

    Stunning views! Wish to go there someday 🙂 Thanks for this post! Definitely bookmarking tis 🙂

  37. Marge says:

    Wow it looks beautiful especially that third photo. And I was already imagining myself living there then I read about the pickpocket incident. I’m sorry to hear about that.

  38. Lovely photos! The rooftops almost remind me of Dubrovnik with the red tiles. The walking tour sounds like a lot of fun but sorry to hear about your husband getting pickpocketed!

  39. Maria says:

    Wow. Great captures! Some reminded me of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. Your walking tour must be so much fun. I’ve never been part of a walking tour. It’s just sad that some are always there to do bad stuff like pickpocketing. It’s just sad. 🙁 Well, Portugal is still in my travel list. <3

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