The Alfama District


I’ve passed through the Alfama district of Lisbon several times  on the this trip. It’s one of the oldest parts of the city and dates from when the Moors were in occupation. It’s full of narrow streets and winding steps and communities living very close together, cooking and eating on the streets making it a common living area between them. Even today those traditions continue in this area, especially during the Festival of Popular Saints celebrations. It was not destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and so it contains much older buildings: As it spreads up the hill towards Castelo Sao Jorge there’s Lisbon Cathedral and the Monastery of Sao Vincente.