Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and thanks to its solid rock foundation, which meant it survived the 1755 earthquake, it is still intact for digital nomads to explore. Though it is home to the most visited attraction in Lisbon, the Castle of São Jorge, this neighborhood feels more like its own village. Digital nomads love to call Alfama home because of its winding streets, old world charm, and its ‘authentically Lisbon’ experience.
The famous 28 Tram goes through the heart of Alfama on its way to the castle. The neighborhood also sits between the Blue line metro stations of Terreiro do Paço and Santa Apolonia, from where you can also grab trains to other cities in the country. The 12 Tram and the 734 and 737 buses also make their way to and from Alfama.
Highlights: To see
- Castelo São Jorge: Enjoy the 360-degree view from the iconic 11th-century castle that towers over Lisbon’s skyline
- Miradouro das Portas do Sol: Take in the stunning view from the highest point in downtown Lisbon
- Panteão Nacional: Appreciate the view of the interior, as well as the exterior, of this 17th-century church, turned national Patheon
Highlights: To experience
- Sé de Lisboa: Visit the oldest church in the city, Lisbon’s cathedral, to admire its impressive ceiling and stained glass windows
- Museu do Fado: Learn about the origins of Lisbon's long-lasting form of musical expression
- Museu Nacional do Azulejo: Explore the history, and the present, of the famous Portuguese tiles (azulejos)
- Santo António Festival: On June 12th and 13th every summer, the city of Lisbon celebrates its patron saint and no place celebrates harder and more authentically than Alfama