If your idea of an ideal holiday is one where you can get to know all about the history of an historic city, then an Alfama holiday will be right up your street. The Alfama district in the Portuguese city of Lisbon is the oldest one in the city itself and has a strong sense of community as well as tradition. An Alfama holiday rental apartment will not only come with all the mod-cons that you would expect, it will also give you some of the most amazing views of the city.
An Alfama holiday allows visitors to enjoy a range of activities and attractions without having to wander too far out of the district. In terms of physical activities the likes of swimming, walking and cycling are widely available in the district. There are plenty of attractions, which is the reason most people opt to stay in Alfama, including Lisbon Cathedral. This beautiful building dates back to the 12th century and is home to the casket containing the remains of Saint Vincent, the patron saint of the city. Also worth visiting in Alfama are the ruins of a 1st century Roman theatre and the Santa Engracia National Pantheon which contains the tombs of past presidents and famous writers.
As well as all the wonderful sights to be found in Lisbon there are some other fantastic places worth visiting whilst on an Alfama holiday. Approximately half an hour to the south of Lisbon, in the Setubal district, is the town of Palmela. The town dates back to Roman times and its main attraction is its castle which dates back to medieval times. The castle takes pride of place on a hilltop in the town and is now a luxurious hotel. Much of the stylish 17th century interior can still be seen.
It is highly likely that the weather will play an important role in your Alfama holiday and you will want to know what to expect before you go. The city of Lisbon is privy to a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and relatively warm summers. July, August and September are the most popular times of the year for travellers to visit the city as this is when daytime temperatures can reach as high as 23 degrees Celsius on average. The cooler months, from December through to February see the temperature cool down to around 15 degrees Celsius at the most. The annual rainfall amount for Lisbon is approximately 28 inches with December tending to be the wettest month.
Jetting off on a wonderful Alfama holiday is very simple to do. Travellers are most likely to arrive at Lisbon International Airport (LIS) which is less than 20 minutes away from the Alfama district. Passengers can depart the UK from a variety of airports including Bristol (BRS), Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Cardiff (CWL) and Glasgow (GLA). Travellers will find that there are many internationally recognised air operators who have special deals on flights such as British Airways, KLM, easyJet, TAP Air Portugal and BMI Baby.