The city of Lisboa is perched on steep hills overlooking the broad estuary of the Tagus river. The tightly knit street pattern of Alfama constitutes one of the oldest boroughs of the city. It spreads from the castle - which crowns the medieval urban settlement - to the oldest stretch of the commercially developed shoreline.

The Municipality of Lisboa is presently developing an "integrated plan" which directly links the new cruise terminal - situated along the original stretch of the old merchant shoreline - to the surroundings of the historic boroughs of Baixa, Alfama and Castelo.
This "integrated operation" or urban requalification comprehends the...