47 Best Things to Do in Alfama

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  • Parque Florestal Monsanto - Lisbon
    Parque Florestal Monsanto
    Luis Louro

    Monsanto Forest Park (Parque Florestal Monsanto) is a large, protected forested area to the west of Lisbon which provides a welcome opportunity to relax away from the traffic and crowds of the city.

    This 10 square kilometre site is Lisbon's largest green space and offers panoramic views of the city, the Tejo River and the Atlantic Ocean.  The forest trails, some of which are quite hilly, are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, and there are children's play areas, picnic areas and more.  A number of sporting and cultural events are...


  • Museu da Eletricidade - Lisbon
    Electricity Museum - Lisbon
    Carlos da Cruz

    Museum housed in the old riverside power station. Presents the history of energy through a series of experimental exhibits and cultural context


  • Ajuda Palace interior - Lisbon
    Ajuda Palace interior

    19th century neoclassical palace on the edge of Lisbon in Ajuda. The palace was built as the royal residence and has the lavish interior to prove it.


  • Museu Nacional dos Coches, Lisbon
    Embassy Coach of Pope Clement XI - Museu Nacional dos Coches

    Museum housing the extensive collection of carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family and nobility. Located in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace, this is one of Lisbon's most visited museums.


  • Belem National Palace
    Belem National Palace

    Now the official residence of the president of Portugal the palace was built in the 16th by Manuel of Portugal to overlook the nearby Jerónimos Monastery


  • Igreja do Memoria
    Igreja do Memoria
    Valugi | BY-SA

    The elegant Baroque Igreja da Memória was built on the orders of King Jose I in 1760 as a gesture of thanksgiving for having survived an assassination attempt two years earlier. The location of the church marks the exact spot where the failed attempt on the king’s life took place.

    Literally translated as the Memorial Church, the building has a striking white marble exterior with a number of lovely neoclassical features, including a large, white dome.  The interior of the church is a pleasing, if a rather plain, mix of white marble and gilt. A tomb inside the church is the...


  • Lisbon Oceanarium
    Lisbon Oceanarium
    Antonio Sacchetti

    Housed in a purpose built, ultra-modern building in the Parque das Nações, the Oceanarium is the largest in Europe. There are around 450 different species including sharks, rays, barracudas and sunfish


  • Monument to the Discoveries - Belem
    Monument to the Discoveries

    52 metre high monument on the waterside in Belem. The monument was built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. It features 33 prominent people of that era


  • Jeronimos Monastery
    Jeronimos Monastery
    Jose Manuel

    The Jerónimos Monastery was built during most of the 16th century in the Manueline style. It was built at a time when Portugal had an empire and was in the mood to show the World its status through a plethora of monuments and palaces


  • Centro Cultural de Belem
    Centro Cultural de Belem
    Antonio Sacchetti

    Referred to simply as the CCB, this beautifully designed Centro Cultural de Belem was originally built to serve as headquarter for the Portuguese Presidency of the EU in 1992. It now provides over 100,000 square metres of space for a year-round calendar of cultural events, conferences, exhibitions and meetings as well as providing one of the best permanent exhibitions of modern art in Europe, a number of eateries and shops and much more. If you want to escape from the heat and crowds of tourists that flock to Belem, the centre has something for everyone and never...


  • Berardo Collection Museum
    Berardo Collection Museum

    World acclaimed private modern art collection with works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons, and more.


  • Torre de Belem
    Torre de Belem
    E Pawłowska

    The Tower in outstanding example of 16th c. Manueline architecture. Standing on the waterside at Belem it was built as both a celebration of the age of the Discoveries and to defend the mouth of the river.


  • Monumento Combatentes Ultramar - Belem
    Monumento Combatentes Ultramar

    From the early 1960’s to the mid-1970s Portugal fought a controversial campaign in Africa, attempting in vain to keep hold of its colonies there.  Known as the Combatentes Ultramar (Overseas War) this conflict took the lives of over 9,000 soldiers, many of whom came from the Lisbon area.   The bloody war was a factor which led to the toppling of the regime of Dr Antonio de Oliveira Salazar whose right-wing regime had held power since 1932.

    Today Lisbon's Belem district is home to a striking was memorial dedicated to the memory of the...


  • Vasco da Gama Bridge - Lisbon
    Vasco da Gama Bridge from Sacavem
    jad99 from Graz, Austria | BY-SA

    This striking bridge spans the Tagus River at its widest section in the city of Lisbon connection the northern suburb of Sacavem to the historical south bank of the river near Montijo. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a vast stricture that is 17 Km (11 miles) long.First opened in 1998 it is still the longest bridge in Europe. To this day it remains as one of the longest in the world with 10km of it passing over water and a suspension section that allows ships to pass through close to the Lisbon side.

    Built to last it is said that the bridge can withstand wind speeds of up to 250 km/h (...


  • Convento dos Capuchos - Caparica
    Convento dos Capuchos
    Juntas | BY-SA

    The stretch of coast along Costa da Caparica is home to a slightly strange geological feature where the cliffs rise not from the sea, but several hundred metres inland. This is most pronounced in the resort town itself where behind the apartment blocks is a small plain with fields. Suddenly, a steep escarpment rises up, and it is here that you will find the 16th century Convento dos Capuchos.

    As you can imagine the convent commands a spectacular sweeping panorama over the coast below. In fact there is a viewpoint (miradouro) here from which you can see Lisbon and the hills of Sintra...




Alfama travel guide »

Occupying the tallest of Lisbon's hills, the district of Alfama brims with the feel of times gone by and is the truly emblematic part of the city. Largely spared in the earthquake of 1755, it is still a maze of narrow streets and...