Everyone who knows Lisbon has, almost certainly, heard about the emblematic tramway 28, owned by the company Carris. It is one of the most famous and sought-after touristic attractions of the Portuguese capital, thus making it almost mandatory to go for a stroll using this legendary means of transport. It is a journey in time that allows us to get to know the narrow streets of some of the most well-known historic areas of the city. Going back in time, the tramway was a means of transport that was imported from the United States of America, at the beginning of the 20th century, to substitute the old horse-drawn carriages, which were, back then, the main means of transport in Portugal.
Regarding path 28, it was inaugurated in 1914 and suffered several changes. Initially, its route would connect Praça Camões to Estrela. Currently, the route starts at Largo do Martim Moniz and ends in Largo dos Prazeres, in the area of Campo de Ourique, passing through several historical places, such as Graça, Largo das Portas do Sol, Sé, Chiado, Estrela, or São Bento Palace.
It is easy to distinguish the “yellow” circulating over electric rails in the middle of the road, going through typical Lisbon neighborhoods, filled with history. During the so-called tourist season, the Tramway is filled with smiles, laughter, words in several idioms, and the genuine Portuguese. We see the cameras and the cellphones capturing memorable images of our beautiful and bright capital. Through the windows, we see the tourists and the places, some of them walking from one side of the street to the other, other ones are quite busy trying to reach their destination. We see historic buildings and also the tuk-tuk, to which we are already used to.
Path 28 goes through typical Lisbon neighborhoods that are the soul of Lisbon. It can also take us to some of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city. We can catch it in front of Basílica da Estrela and go down to visit Miradouro do Adamastor in Santa Catarina. We can also visit Miradouro da Graça and go down to Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia.
It is impossible to forget the mythic Tramway that can be found everywhere: in postal cards; in the stores, where it is sold as miniatures; in the tourists’ route; and in the memory of the Portuguese people.
If you want to enjoy this ride through time, you will have to face long queues on the first stop but it will be worth it. If you want to know more about the route, there is a new edition in the bookstores of a book called “28 Crónica de um Percurso” (28 Chronic about a Route), by José-Augusto França.
Catching the Tramway 28 is the same as traveling through time, visiting hills and narrow streets, during a journey that will last for approximately 1 hour. So that you can have an idea of the popularity of this means of transport in Lisbon, the average number of passengers during the last four years was 4.6 million, according to Carris. Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest ex-libris of our capital. The subway/carris tickets are valid for Tramway 28. You can also use pre-charged cards (7 Colinas or Viva Viagem) with trips for the subway/carris. Do you want to get to know Lisbon and Portugal? Enjoy our promotion and get a 10€ discount for every hour spent traveling.
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