Alfama street scene

In the late 1980s, when I had a brief spell of living in Lisbon, Alfama was a notoriously rough area where the more jittery guide books informed tourists that they were bound to be pick-pocketed at best or attacked at worst. This, of course, meant that we went there all the time. I'm glad to report that I always came out unscathed and my friends and I loved this charming area with its life lived out on the streets, tiny shops and bars and numerous small alleyways to explore. Sarah loves it, too.