The medieval quarters of Lisbon: Mouraria and Alfama


These old quarters from the time of the Arabs were not destroyed by the great earthquake (1755). Alfama and Mouraria with alleys, small squares with cobblestones, lots of steps, and dead ends remind us of what Lisbon looked like in middle age.  

After leaving the downtown we head to Mouraria, an old ghetto from the Moorish when the city was reconquered in 1147.

In a hidden alley, we reach the Beco da Achada (dead end), with a Gothic house from the 15th century. From 3 different terraces of Chão do Loureiro (an old market hall), Portas do Sol and Sta Luzia, there is a superb view over Bairro Alto, Alfama, Baixa and the south bank of the river Tagus. 

Then we take a walk through Alfama, the oldest quarter of Lisbon, with its Moorish roots, a real labyrinth of picturesque alleys, hidden corners, and narrow staircases. 

One of the highlights of the old town is the Cathedral, a fortified church that replaced a mosque after the reconquest. 

Continuing downhill, we arrive at the harbor, up to the House of the Pointed Stones with a unique facade since the pointed stones look like diamonds. The son of the Viceroy of India, Albuquerque, had this Italian-style city palace built-in 1522.

After learning about the history of the old town and understanding its development nothing better than a fresh drink in one of the several bars at the visit card of Lisbon, the beautiful Commerce Square.

3 hours
Max. 6 People
Level 2 – Easy to Moderate
Rossio - in front of Theatre D. Maria II

Level 1 – Easy: Flat terrain without obstacles. Wheelchair accessible. Duration 2h

Level 2 – Easy to Moderate : Mainly flat terrain (about 70% flat), gentle climbs and descents. Some steps. Wheelchair accessible only with the help of a third party. Duration is around 2 to 3 hours.

Level 3 – Moderate: Terrain about 40 to 60% flat. Moderate climbs and descents. Steps. not wheelchair accessible. Duration 3 hours 

Level 4 – Demanding: Terrain about 20% to 40% flat. Some steep climbs and descends. Steps and uneven surfaces. Recommend for fit travelers. Duration between 3 to 5 hours.

Level 5 – Difficult: Rolling and often steep terrain, 10 to 20% flat terrain. Uneven surfaces. Recommended for travelers used to hiking tours in nature. 

Stufe 1 – Leicht: Flaches Gelände ohne Höhenunterschiede und Hindernisse. Geeignet für Rollstuhlfahrer. Dauer 2 Stunden.

Stufe 2 – Leicht bis moderat: Überwiegend flaches Gelände (70%) mit leichten Höhenunterschieden sowie einigen Stufen. Für Rollstuhlfahrer nur bedingt und mit einer Begleitperson geeignet. Dauer 2 – 3 Stunden. 

Stufe 3 – Moderat: Gelände (40-60% flach) mit moderaten Steigungen und Treppen. Nicht für Rollstuhlfahrer geeignet. Dauer 3 Stunden. 

Stufe 4 – Anspruchsvoll: Gelände mit Höhenunterschieden (20-40% flach). Auf – und Abstiege, Treppen und unbefestigte Wege. Eine gute Kondition und festes Schuhwerk sind erforderlich. Dauer 3 bis 5 Stunden. 

Stufe 5 – Schwierig: Gelände mit großen Höhenunterschieden (10-20% flach), steilen Auf – und Abstiegen auf unbefestigten Wegen und teils holprigen Boden. Geeignet für erfahrene Wanderer. 

Grau 1 – Fácil: O terreno é plano, sem desníveis e obstáculos. Adequado a cadeira de rodas. Duração 2h 

Grau 2 – Fácil a moderado: O terreno com ligeiras inclinações (subidas e descidas) mas 70% plano. Alguns degraus Duração 2h a 3h. Possível utilização de cadeira de rodas, desde que acompanhado. 

Grau 3 – Moderado: Terreno com inclinações (subidas e descidas), 40 a 60% plano. Degraus. Não adequado a cadeiras de rodas. Duração 3h. 

Grau 4 – Exigente: Terreno com inclinações (subidas e descidas), 20 a 40% plano. Degraus e terreno acidentado. Recomendado a pessoas em bom estado físico. Duração de 3h a 5h. 

Grau 5 – Difícil: Terreno com grandes desníveis (subidas e descidas), chão acidentado, 10 a 20% plano. Recomendado a pessoas com experiência de caminhada em natureza

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