Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey – Trams in Lisbon

Trams in Lisbon
Trams in Lisbon

The electric tram network (Rede de eléctricos de Lisboa) is an easy way to see historic Lisbon. Tram No. 28 is the most famous as the journey takes you through the steep winding streets of the old town.

We were advised by a seasoned tourist to catch a tram at the bottom of the hill up to the castle and then walk down through the old quarter. Easier on the legs – they were right!

I was so absorbed looking out of the window at the old buildings, imagining life years ago before this area became “trendy” with tourists I failed to notice my hubby, daughter and son-in-law had got off the tram until it had pulled away. Luckily, I persuaded the driver to stop before the next stop to let me off. The idea of getting separated and ultimately lost in Lisbon was not a happy one.

If you are visiting Lisbon here is a useful website which you may find of interest. www.lisbonweekendguild.com/Lisbon-information/Lisbon_tram_route.html

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Journey

If you can recommend other tourist websites in Lisbon or for other areas of Portugal, please leave details, urls etc in comments below. Please don’t be shy!

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  1. I’ve been told that Lisbon’s beauty compares to San Francisco’s, and since San Francisco is the most beautiful city I’ve visited, I really think I should check out Lisbon. If only to hear some soul-filled fado music.

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      1. i just got back from spain 3 nights ago and terlevlad on my own. If you need info on trains and bus schedules, you can check renfe.es, alsa.es or pesa.net It really depends on the cities you want to visit as different buses and trains operate different routes. From Lisbon, you might want to pass by Salamanca as it is on the way from the Extremadura region. Lisbon and Valencia are too far apart. you might want to fly to Valencia instead of travelling by surface. Chech spanair.com :-)I think spending 3 nights in a place won’t make your trip too hectic.

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    1. , by fado! Through your eyes I see a Lisbon that is a fascinating new unsireve, not the distressed cale7ada of those that run it everyday on their daily routines and chores, too busy to notice and re-appreciate what they already know and seen thousands of times.I’ve revisited Lisboa virtually through your site and I too could smell the air pregnant with coffee and toasted bread and fresh baked pasteis de nata in the rua Augusta on an early morning. Or hear the loud traffic while crossing Rossio, always busy with thousands of people in a hurry to get in or out of town, and then around the corner the smell of just roasted marroni wrapped in yellow pages cones. And when the night falls to walk the unwalkable Bairro Alto and finish the night hearing singing Fado and thinking again how did it all started, what was real, what was imagined.Ahhhhh, how I miss Lisboa! Thank you so much for this trip to Lisbon, for your accuracy, for details that are forgotten or not seen at all, for reviving it and bringing to people in other places, with other cultures. Your Lisbon is my Lisbon.Huge hugxxxMarpessa

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    1. three days in lisbon is ptlney but if you don’t mind spending a couple more days in portugal, i recommend going to evora and to sintra as well, since you are in the area and all. both can be day trips but both are worth it. i can’t help with valencia or barcelona though.

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  2. Hi Carole, I have kept your link as when I go to Lisbon in June, to meet up with my younger sister who lives in South Africa, I would love to take her and the kids around those place. I think the kids would enjoy the tram rides too.
    I found this site recently, although it is in Portuguese, you can see lovely photos, and if you click on the different areas of Lisbon on the left side of the site, you get photos taken in those suburbs, or otherwise go to “fotos” at the top.
    http://www.strawberryworld-lisbon.com/lisboa/places/index.html

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      1. Hi, the old trams are not only for the tourists benefit. In some streets of the old neighborhoods they are the only public transport that “fits in”, the new ones are too wide. But if you ride tram 28 then it’s mainly tourists.

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  3. I love that photo! Did you take it? Lisbon is one of the places that I’ve never been but have always wanted to visit.

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  4. Just a link to discover Lisboa, this one is about “AS 10 MAIS BELAS FACHADAS DE AZULEJOS EM LISBOA” – The interior of every palace or church in Lisbon seems to have at least a small tile panel, but even the most humble homes often feature tiles on their façades. While most are mass-produced geometric images, many are authentic works of art. Below are ten of the most outstanding, but you’ll find countless others and will have your own favorites as you walk around the city.” http://www.lisbonlux.com/magazine/the-10-most-beautifully-tiled-facades-in-lisbon/

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    1. Thank you Fernanda, what a brilliant website! some of the the suggestions on the website will certainly add a new dimension to our next visit to Lisbon! I have added it to my Tourist info page above! 🙂 I love Azulejos and I am currently researching their history and taking photographs of the ones I find locally. I believe there is a museum in Lisbon?

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  5. Yes, it’s in an old convent, here’s the link http://mnazulejo.imc-ip.pt/en-GB/default.aspx. There are many other places where you can see fantastic “azulejos”. This one it’s from a private foundation (Marquês de Alorna e Fronteira), the majority of people don’t know that it exists and it’s not exactly easy to visit, but it has a fantastic room about important battles of the portuguese history. http://www.fronteira-alorna.pt/quicks/quick.htm

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    1. Hi Fernanda thank you for the links! The room depicting the important battles in azulejos is wonderful! The 360degree view on the video cam is a great idea. Thanks also for the link to the tle museaum. I’ve added to the page above. Next time we go to Lisbon, it is certainly on my to view list!

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