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Alfama, Castelo & the East

Alfama’s Arabic-sounding name and anthill layout are testament to its past as an important district of Moorish Lisbon – or, more likely, originally two districts: one on the riverside of fishermen and sea folk, and one on the hillside of higher society. No buildings survive from this era, but Alfama suffered little damage in the 1755 earthquake, so its medieval street plan has remained intact. And that is what makes it such a joy to explore, without the interference of traffic. The Castelo neighbourhood at the top adjoins the higher hill district of Graça and also Mouraria, a less touristic area. To the south and east, ...

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