NileGuide Expert Says:
A fantastic and exhilarating way to experience the city without having to walk. Great value for money, too.
Martim Moniz/Campo Ourique
NileGuide Expert tip:
Enjoy the views but watch your belongings.
A tram (eléctrico
) network still exists in Lisbon, though its reach has seriously diminished over the years. The few lines that remain open include the one that links Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, and the ride on tram 28 between these two districts takes in some of the city's prettiest neighbourhoods and greatest national monuments. This is a public service not an official sightseeing tour and that means it's more crowded but less expensive. It's also totally authentic. The sunflower-yellow streetcar heaves its way over four of Lisbon's seven hills and trundles past a guide book of majestic landmarks including São Vicente de Fora in Alfama and the Sé (cathedral). The stop at Praça Luís de Camões allows passengers pleasant views of the elegant Chiado quarter. Later on the lush, fragrant Jardim da Estrela looms into view, overshadowed by the impressive dome of the Basílica da Estrela. With so many distractions, keep an eye on your belongings – pickpockets regularly work the route.