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A walk through Lisbon aboard tram 28 (video)

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At the beginning of the 20th century, trams began to decorate the cobbled streets of downtown Lisbon and to unite the neighborhoods perched on the hills that surround it. More than a hundred years have passed and they continue to become the most emblematic icon of the city.

The old trams of red or yellow color, indeed, appeal to the image of the Portuguese capital and a simple image in twilight, with ocher colors and an old yellow tram circulating undoubtedly transmits Lisbon's memories to any traveler Who ever stepped on the city.

A few years ago the city council valued the possibility of eliminating the old trams of the city for its laborious maintenance cost. They did not earn on repairs and the new bus lines could fulfill the transport functions more effectively and economically. However, the Tourist Office was attentive to the dilemma and did not hesitate a moment to assess the situation and managed to keep the most tourist tram lines to keep the most recognized icon of Lisbon.

During our tour of Lisbon we visited the most photogenic viewpoints of the city and for this we use the elevators and trams that join the seven hills that surround the capital. In any subway station or post office you can buy a card that precisely bears the name of Seven Hills and will allow you the use of public transport through the city with no travel limits for 5 euros a day.

Undoubtedly, it is an ideal way to roam the city, get on any of the trams in Lisbon, get off at any viewpoint and follow the visiting route alternating the street and public transport.

Among the most emblematic trams and routes note line 28 whose journey begins in the Martín Moniz square -It is advisable to get on the tram at this stop and not at another one since it usually goes full and in this way you can ensure a good place inside- it rises up the slopes of Graça, the Alfama neighborhood continues, the Castelo area, the central square of Comerço, the Chiado neighborhood to finally climb the Bairro Alto.

Inside the tram 28 you will see more tourists than locals but it is worth it since it covers the most representative neighborhoods of Lisbon and you can get off at the many tourist spots and most beautiful viewpoints of the city.

I emphasize again the importance of get on tram 28 at your first stop in the Martín Moritz square since in high season it is likely that he will not even accept passengers at other stops when going full.

The tram line 12 It is also an interesting option to reach the Castello area. We stay in an apartment near the Castle and use it frequently. From the central Praça de Figuera, take a circular route to the Mirador de Santa Luzia, passing through the Lisbon Cathedral returning to the starting point through the Chiado neighborhood.

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