Lisbon Running Routes:
Best Lisbon Running Routes: Overview
Park of Nations (Oriente) Ancient Alfama
Elegant Lisbon Downtown
Belem World Cultural Site
Cool Bairro Alto
For more running routes, see the Route List
Lisbon is the only European city that I know that has an old town made of narrow alleyways running up and down a hillside, full of stairs, little plazas and life the way it was a hundred years ago: the Alfama. The neighborhood goes back at least to the Roman days. And although the streets are narrow, dark and rundown, I feel safe there. The Portugese might be poor, but they are honest and hard-working. The neighborhood has experienced an increase in tourism in recent years, but it's still a real, living neighborhood.
|In the Alfama|
|The streetcar line in the downtown|
You can now go down the stairs, and wander up and down a few of the the alleyways to soak up the atmosphere: the clotheslines hanging overhead and the chirping canaries, the kids kicking soccer balls against the walls.
Then come back to the Miradouro, and cross the street, taking the side-street to the left of the decorative arts museum. There are signs guiding you up to the castelo. If you get there before the 6 p.m. closing time, you can buy a ticket and continue running in the wide-ranging castle compound.
|View from the castelo|
From here, you head the same way back to the Miradouro, and follow the streetcar line back to the center (or buy a ticket and ride back, an experience similar to the San Francisco cable cars!).