With year-round comfortable temperatures, historic architecture, a thriving property market and large-scale development plans in the works, Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon is an ideal destination for tourists and investors alike.
Since 1873 the Lisbon tramway network has been an integral part of the city’s transport system, serving locals and visitors alike. The number 28 tram, with its iconic yellow carriages, offers visitors a quintessential experience that should not be missed. Connecting Martim Moniz with Campo de Ourique, and passing through the popular districts of Graça, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela, this tram route offers a leisurely tour past Lisbon’s top sights.
Here are six stops which should not be missed and the sights that await at each drop off point
- the 1st stop - Graça
- The 2nd stop - portas do sol
- The 3rd stop - Saint anthony
- The 4th stop - Rua da Conceição
- The 5th stop - Praça Luís de Camões
- The 6th stop - Basílica da Estrela
the 1st stop - Graça
Graça is a great district in which to experience Portuguese life. Located at the top of a hill, hop off the tram here to visit family-run shops and bustling cafes. You can explore the lively Feira da Ladra (flea market), the Igreja São Vicente de Fora as well as the Miradouro Da Graça, a popular terrace offering sweeping views across Lisbon’s brown tiled rooftops and the water beyond.
The 2nd stop - portas do sol
The closest stop to the São Jorge Castle, Portas do Sol is a scenic plaza in Alfama. From here, the Decorative Arts Museum is also worth visiting. As the tram winds through the narrow streets of Alfama, look out for two breath-taking points: Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia, both of which offer astonishing angles over the red rooftops and the pastel-coloured houses of the district.
The 3rd stop - Saint anthony
Hop off the tram outside the ancient Se Cathedral and Church of Saint Anthony. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of Lisbon and the Church was constructed on his birthplace.
The 4th stop - Rua da Conceição
Rua da Conceição is the tram stop at the southern side of the Baixa district, close to the pedestrianised street of Rua de Augusta and Lisbon’s finest plaza, the Praça do Comércio. This shopping area brings international brands next door to age-old shops all along beautifully cobblestone walkways.
The 5th stop - Praça Luís de Camões
The main plaza of Bairro Alto, Praça Luís de Camões is a buzzing plaza where there is always something going on. The narrow cobbled streets of Bairro Alto come alive at night with fun bars and trendy hangouts, and on weekends the socialising spills out onto the streets.
The 6th stop - Basílica da Estrela
Stop off at the Basílica da Estrela and take in its ornate Baroque façade and huge doomed roof. Positioned in the calm district of Estrela, opposite the Basilica you’ll find the pleasant Jardim da Estrela, a popular park among Portuguese families and a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing.
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