: Terreiro do Paço
: Santa Apolónia
: Costa da Caparica
: Many different taverns/cafeterias
: Club de Golfe Belavista
: Many different
Car: not necessary
Alfama stretches across one of the seven hills of Lisbon, which leads from the foot of St. Jorge's castle and sweeps down to the Tagus estuary. It consists of narrow, cobbled streets and alleys, steep steps from one area of the district to another, small patios and picturesque squares. It maintains its traditional churches, shops, markets, cafeterias, restaurants and buildings, all maintained by the local inhabitants, many of whose families have been living in this old part of the city for generations.
The best way to get to know Alfama is to get lost in its timeless labyrinth of intertwining alleyways, as inevitably you will. But this is no problem - it will allow you to fully enjoy and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the oldest part of the city, enabling you to discover small taverns, traditional shops and good restaurants.
Golf: The local Lisbon golf course is the Club de Golfe Belavista - Av. Avelino Teixeira Mota, Tel: 21 8310860 - located in the centre of Lisbon, just 15 minutes from our apartment.
Length: 1965 metres.
Perhaps the most famous course is at the upmarket Penha Longa Golf Club in a former monastic estate, designed by Robert Trent Jones and that has hosted the Portuguese Open.
The Estoril Golf Club, right on the A5 motorway from Lisbon to Cascais, has 27 holes designed by McKenzie Ross. This also hosts the Portuguese Open and international competitions.
Quinta de Marinha, just outside Cascais on the Guincho road, was also designed by Robert Trent Jones and is part of a holiday complex, featuring a driving range, six tennis courts and a hotel.
Another option is Campo de Golfe de Belas, near Queluz-Belas train station, a Championship-standard golf course designed by William Rocky Roquemore.