If there’s one thing a new tourist must do upon visiting Lisboa, it’s to take the Tram 28 on its route up and down the steep, narrow streets of the oldest parts of the city. And so we took our guests for a ride.
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)
The thing about Tram 28 is that it’s not just for tourists. It’s usually packed with locals as well, because some of the streets the tram traverses are so narrow that a bus can’t fit. (In fact, some of them are so narrow that you’re well advised not to stick your arm out the tram’s open windows, or you’ll get your fingers scraped off.) So for public transportation, the tram is it. For me, that adds to the charm. It’s not a tourist trap, it’s a workaday public transit car that happens to travel one of the coolest routes in the city.
Our guests loved their ride on Tram 28, as it rattled and jerked its way past the Sé de Lisboa, past the two most popular scenic overlooks, and into the Graça district. We hopped off near the Convento da Graça and went to the overlook just behind the church. This one isn’t as well-known to the tourists, but it offers a lovely view of the old city.
I snapped this photo from the overlook (click to embiggen) while our guests were commenting on how much the scene reminded them of San Francisco, what with the tram, the steep hills, and the bridge.
Personally, I think the castle is kind of a giveaway.