Destination guide

Alfama is Lisbon's buzzing barrio

When you choose an Alfama vacation rental, you get to enjoy one of Lisbon's oldest and most atmospheric districts up close. Once one of the poorest neighborhoods, perched just outside ancient city walls, Alfama's narrow, cobbled streets are now home to buzzing bars, lux nightclubs, fabulous restaurants and artisan boutiques. From your Alfama vacation rental it's easy to experience the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of Portugal's vibrant capital city. From eating custard tarts by the Torre de Belem, exploring the imperious 15th-century Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Lisbon's magnificent cathedral or taking in the art collection at Museu Gulbenkian – it's all accessible from an Alfama vacation rental.

Things to do

Cultural and historical attractions in Alfama

The National Fado Museum is an Alfama highlight. As well as being able to visit the museum dedicated to this most soulful of music, you can catch live concerts and Fado performances at the museum's small concert hall. History buffs will love riding the iconic yellow no 28 tram up the hillside from the heart of Alfama to the 11th-century Sao Jorge Castle. The oldest parts of its thick stone walls date back to the 6th century. It has been home to Visigoths, Romans, Moors and Portuguese royalty. Today, you'll find a small archaeological museum, a little restaurant and fabulous views of the city.


Alfama's golden views

For a great view of the neighborhood, head to Miradouro das Portas do Sol. The picturesque view over the rooftops of Alfama down towards the river from the church of Sao Vicente de Fora is well worth the uphill climb. In the corner of the square, the Museum of Decorative Arts, housed in the 17th-century Azurara Palace, offers a glimpse into aristocratic life in the 18th and 19th centuries, including beautiful tiles and tapestries. Close by, the balcony of Miradouro de Santa Luzia delivers similarly spectacular views of Alfama and the river – can you spot your own Alfama vacation rental among the tangle of rooftops?


Seasonal events near Alfama

In spring, the colorful parades and fireworks of Carnaval draw crowds to Lisbon. But the city hosts a packed itinerary of events, live music, artistic performances and festivals throughout the year. Two of the most popular are the Super Bock Super Rock festival in Parque De Nacoes and NOS Alive festival just outside town on the Oeiras coast, both held annually in July. An Alfama vacation rental is perfect for enjoying any of these events, but it really comes into its own in June, when Alfama celebrates St Anthony. Balconies are decked in lights and streamers and the air is fragrant with the smell of fresh, oily fish grilling on churrascos outside neighborhood restaurants.

Natural features

Head to the beach from Alfama

From Alfama, it is easy to spend a day at one of the glorious beaches close to Lisbon. To the west, the Estoril-Cascais coastline is studded with family-friendly beaches, reachable by public transport. Or, to the south, just across the Tejo River from Lisbon, is Costa da Caparica, a seaside town blessed with a long golden stretch of sand that is popular through the summer months. Although the beach is tempting, the mountains are accessible from Lisbon too. The protected forested hillsides of Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais are just an hour's drive from an Alfama vacation rental. With rare flora and fauna, scenic hiking trails and a spectacular hilltop palace, this national park should not be missed.

How to get there

How to get to and around Alfama

The nearest airport is in Lisbon (LIS-Humberto Delgado), located 3.4 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Cascais (CAT), which is 12.2 mi (19.7 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Lisbon Santa Apolonia Station or Lisbon Santa Apolonia Station and explore the city from there. Catch a ride on the metro at Santa Apolonia Station to easily navigate the city.

Where to stay around Alfama?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,116 vacation rentals near Alfama. From 1,950 Condos/Apartments to 126 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alfama for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Alfama?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alfama:

  • Lisbon Old Town: 3,992 vacation rentals
  • Baixa: 2,330 vacation rentals
  • Chiado: 1,926 vacation rentals
  • Santa Engrácia: 1,411 vacation rentals
  • Parque das Nações: 120 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Alfama?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Alfama. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Regimento de Sapadores Bombeiros Museum: 6,770 vacation rentals
  • Cinemateca Portuguesa Museum: 6,633 vacation rentals
  • Costa da Caparica Beach: 234 vacation rentals
  • Sesimbra Beach: 3,989 vacation rentals
  • Lisboa Congress Centre: 6,699 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alfama listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Alfama?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,950 Condos/Apartments in Alfama. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Alfama include:

  • Houses: 126 rentals available
  • Villas: 3 rentals available
  • Studios: 1,952 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Alfama?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 30 vacation rentals with pool available in Alfama. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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