dirty bottom of Lisbon, Alfama.
The narrow twisting lanes and tatty houses of the Alfama district
contrast strongly with the wider streets and more elegant structures
across the Baixa valley in Bairro
Alto. That's not to say the area is without interest. At the top
of the hill is the city's best viewpoint, the castle of Sao Jorge,
the monastery of Sao
Vicente de Fora contains amazing azulejos, and various
churches - including the dull cathedral are scattered around the hillside.
Come nightfall and the sad sound of Fado attracts tourists to the
area, though they often end up in a tourist trap and not in a genuine
Alfama at night is also possibly the least safe area to stroll around...
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