At the foot of the Castle of São Jorge, between the castle and the sea, there is an old and humble fishing neighbourhood, which holds the essence of Lisbon, a quarter of aromas and sentiments, of timid life, birthplace of fado: the expression of the melancholy of the Portuguese people.
The Alfama neighbourhood was already inhabited in the Visigoth era. The Romans left their testimony in the ruins of the Roman Theatre (1st Century B.C.) located on the Rua da Saudade and inside the cathedral. Most of the Christian churches were destroyed in the earthquake.
From the upper part of Alfama, near the castle, there is a magnificent panorama of the whole neighbourhood, which descends to the Tagus River and its port.
As it couldn’t be any other way, the Fado Museum has its home in Alfama.
Its steep and narrow streets, which have inspired some of the most beautiful fado verses, are not intended for vehicle traffic.
To get to the peak of the neighbourhood you can opt for a walk from the centre or take the nostalgic 28 tram, a lovely, comfortable option, which leaves you at the upper part of the neighbourhood.