An Afternoon walking around Lisbon exploring Alfama District | Lisbon, Portugal | Two weeks ago, I joined a week trip by Relais & Chateaux Hotels and Restaruants, to visit all their current properties in Galicia, Spain and all over Portugal. After a lovely stays in Santiago de Compostela at A Quinta da Auga Hotel & Spa, and crossing to Portugal to Amarante with stay at Casa da Calçada, and The Yeatman Wine Hotel & Spa in Porto, we continued journey onwards to Lisbon and Cascais… This is my report on the fourth night. Stay tuned for the rest in upcoming blog posts. After my week in Portugal, I am confident to say I have become an expert in the destination and curated a portfolio of amazing local suppliers. You may see all my photos and videos at my Instagram @carlosmeliablog
After three hours by Speed-Train from Porto to Lisbon, we arrived to Gare do Oriente Train Station in Lisbon. A gorgeous station, featuring iconic architecture by no other than Santiago Calatrava. Our next Relais & Chateaux hotel stay would be the Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais – approx. 30 minutes drive from Lisbon. Since we were there only for one night, we decided to spend a full afternoon exploring Lisbon, on a self guided walking tour…
Having only a few hours in Lisbon, we decided to start our tour at Comercio Square and from there walk around with stops at the Alfama District to enjoy this lovely panoramic views over Lisbon and the Tagus River, as well as a visit to the Se Cathedral.
Sé Cathedral, Lisbon’s most important and iconic religious building. The word Sé derives its name from the initials of Sedes Episcopalis which when translated means bishop’s seat. Gothic style inside and a beautiful Romanesque styled rose-window.
Alfama District, one of the oldest districts of Lisbon, a maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses. Best panoramic views are taken from The Portas do Sol view point and/or Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Alfama name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning “hot fountains” or “baths”.
One of the best ways to explore Alfama is by Tram 28. Unfortunately due to our limited time, and the fact that we had been seating for 3 hours on the train from Porto, all we wanted was to walk Lisbon. But if you do have the time, you should consider this alternative option. This way you could ride the tram uphill and then walk back to Baixa District.
Once we finished our exploration of Alfama, we’ve decided it was highly time for a cocktail, before heading off to Cascais, where we would spend our night. We walk downhill from Alfama through Baixa-Chiado through Comercio Square. A 20 minutes walk that led us to our next destination, Pensão Amor Bar.
We could have not found a better bar in town, to end our day in Lisbon. Pensão Amor Bar, had great drinks and it was fun, witty, sexy and happening. Pensão Amor ‘Pension of Love’ is located in a building that used to be a brothel, in an area surrounding notorious red light district popular with sailors. An address of debauchery indeed, where Lisbon’s fashionable, artistic, and intellectual flock for a drink.
The evening was setting on us and Lisbon. It was time to head off to our final destination of the day, to Cascais – located 25 minutes away from Lisbon. I loved our brief introduction to Lisbon, and has sparked my interest to return for much more… Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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