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Free Walking Tour of Alfama

2.5 h
Printed or Digital Voucher

Immerse yourself into the most traditional neighborhood of Lisbon in this free tour of Alfama in English. Discover the fascinating history and the most authentic places of the neighborhood where the fado originated in Lisbon.


  • Discover the most emblematic places of the Alfama district
  • Admire monuments such as the Casa dos Bicos and the Sé de Lisboa Cathedral
  • Learn why Alfama is considered the birthplace of fado
  • Witness the best views of Lisbon from the viewpoints of Alfama




The free tour of Alfama will take you through 3,000 years of Lisbon's history in a fun and entertaining way. Exclusively in English! Once the tour is over, you will have a global vision of the identity of one of the most authentic neighborhoods of Lisbon and you will have discovered hidden corners that do not appear in the guide books.

We will start the tour of Alfama at the Casa dos Bicos (House of the Beaks), learning about the significance of its history and peculiar facade. This Alfama landmark is home to the José Saramago Foundation, Portugal's only Nobel Laureate in Literature. 

We will continue through Alfama's charming maze of narrow streets and squares until we reach Largo do Chafariz de Dentro. This square, once the most important square in Lisbon, is located in front of the Fado Museum. Here, where the heart of Alfama begins, you will learn about the history of Fado and how Portugal's most popular musical expression originated.

We will continue walking along traditional azulejo covered houses (tiles) and steep streets to one of the best viewpoints in Lisbon: Portas do Sol, where you can see a panoramic view of the red roofs of Alfama with the river Tagus as a backdrop. 

More of Alfama’s landmarks await us such as the church of São Vicente de Fora and the viewpoint of Santa Luzia, as well as:

  • São Cristóvão Church.
  • The Street Art mural
  • The old wall of Lisbon
  • St. George's Castle
  • The National Pantheon

The tour culminates in the vicinity of the Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, where your guide will share his knowledge of Alfama's traditions and festivities, such as St. Anthony and St. Vincent, popular saints' festivals, the legend of Odysseus and the Seven Hills, the history of Roman and Moorish Lisbon, and much more.

In addition, your guide will make suggestions about which other places to visit in Alfama, as well as the best places to listen to fado. 

Free Tour in Alfama: You choose the price

The free tours do not have a set price. You can book for free and at the end of the tour, each person will pay the amount they choose according to the degree of satisfaction and quality received.

You will be in the company of professional and passionate guides who will do their best to make your experience extraordinary, different and entertaining. 

Meeting Point

Casa dos Bicos - R. dos Bacalhoeiros 10, 1100-135 Lisbon.


  • 2.5 hour guided tour of Alfama
  • Professional guide in English
  • Tips

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation - If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking.


  • The use of comfortable shoes and clothes is recommended. The entire tour is done on foot.
  • Group reservations of more than 7 people are not allowed.
  • The maximum allowed is 3 children per adult.

Additional Info

  • If your group is larger than 7 adults and you have made several separate reservations under different names, (but all for the same group), before starting the tour you will be asked to pay 10€ per adult and 5€ (under 18 years old). 
  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • It is not advisable to take the tour with a baby stroller, as there are many sections with stairs.


To enjoy this activity you will need to present the printed or digital voucher.
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