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A walk through the ancient winding streets of Alfama is akin to stepping back in time. It derives its name from the Arabic word Al-hamma, which means baths or fountains. The district comprises many medieval houses and narrow streets, simply crying out to be explored and photographed by the passer by. Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, and covers the gently undulating area between Saint George’s Castle and the Tagus River, while bordering the Baixa and Graça districts on either side. Walking is the only way to explore it, as the maze of narrow streets, built by the Moors show no respect for modern cars. Thanks to its foundation of solid bedrock, Alfama’s buildings survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1755, which means the area remains largely original. Many charming buildings are National Monuments today. Of course, Alfama also has a trendy, modern waterfront development, complete with designer shops and restaurants. But it is the old town’s picturesque whitewashed buildings, terracotta roofs, winding cobbled streets and magnificent pavement cafés that command your attention. Allow time to take in the panoramic views and magical sunsets, before settling down to a superb choice of food, and the haunting sounds of Fado music. Alfama is magnetic, and that is official!

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