Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon, and therefore one of the places with the most stories and anecdotes in Portugal. It must have something special if celebrities like Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, or Christian Louboutin decided to live here. Shall we discover together its curiosities and secret corners?
Child 6 to 17 y/o
Under 6 y/o
Between the river and the Castle of São Jorge lies an area full of legends and curiosities related to the history of Portugal. The soul of Lisbon and some of the city's most important monuments are found in this area. There is so much to share that it's best to start from the beginning…
Although officially called Praça de Dom Pedro IV, it is better known by the name of its medieval origins: Rossio. The word has a meaning related to a space of common property and use, and from here comes the fact that popular celebrations such as livestock fairs, pig slaughters, horse races, and even gruesome executions have been held there!
The name change has its reason in the statue of Pedro IV, the first constitutional king of Portugal, surrounded by four large allegorical figures of the virtues Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice. Why? We'll discover it right there.
On one side of the square, we will find one of Lisbon's most curious and disturbing religious buildings: the burnt church of Santo Domingo, as natural disasters have plagued it. In addition, within its walls, they keep chilling stories about public acts of faith, unfaithful burned alive, etc. But let's get back to the facts!
A very characteristic element of Rossio Square is its floor, covered with black and white tiles that form a typical Lisbon mosaic. Take out your camera! And, by the way, don't leave without trying a Ginja, the favorite shot of the Portuguese. "With or without?", they will ask you… you decide!
We will discover why Horta do Hospital, Praça das Ervas, and Praça Nova are the same place. We will delve into the legend of Martim Moniz, a nobleman who interposed his body in one of the doors to prevent the Arabs from closing it, thus allowing the passage of Christian soldiers into the castle's interior.
What does Mouraria mean, and why was it the last stronghold for survival? We will lose ourselves in the narrow streets to cross Largo dos Trigueiros Square and approach to see the Church of São Cristóvão, which entered the international list of monuments to safeguard.
Of course, the Sé, the millenary cathedral that has defied terrifying earthquakes, will be an essential stop. Did you know that they decided to build it on an ancient mosque after reconquering the city from the Muslims during the Second Crusade? Discover all the secrets with us.
Don't forget to reserve a moment during the day to enjoy your boat ride on the Tagus River, which is included! Our recommendation: try to take advantage of the sunset and enjoy an unforgettable sunset while relaxing from an intense day of tourism. We're waiting for you!
- Visit 2 hours
- Cruise 1 hour
- Guía local Oficial de Turismo
- Visita guiada del barrio de Alfama
- Crucero por el Tajo
3 hours aprox
The visit is conducted in english
Digital voucher, you do not have to print your booking confirmation
Free! Cancel free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour. If you cancel with less time, arrive late or do not show up, no refund is offered