1. Tram number 28
The most famous tram and one of the city’s best rides. Built in England in the early 20th century, polished wood and chrome, they clunk up and down the steepest streets almost brushing the sides of buildings on the way.
Starting at sea level in the city centre, the tram heads up steep hills through a veritable maze via the Alfama district, reaching St Georges Church at the top for wonderful views – especially at sunset.
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2. Locals and the magic light before sunset
In the hours before sunset, locals often wait and watch the ferries go between the Estação Fluvial and Barreiro on the other side of the Reiver Tejo – it is tradition.
Opera tickets in Lisbon usually cost 50% less than in London. The city’s opera season runs from September and until June, with performances are in the beautiful Teatro Nacional de São Carlos with its Rococo interior.
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4. The museum below
The Nucleo Arqueologico is one of the city’s smallest but truly eclectic museums and is located underneath the Baixa’s streets. The Baixa area was mostly rebuilt on a riverbed with wooden posts driven into the wet soil (as in Venice).
5. Enoteca is underground too
This is an amazing wine bar located downstairs in an old bathhouse where the underground tunnels once piped all of Lisbon’s water. Well worth a visit!
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6. Earthquake and the Marques de Pombal
The Great Earthquake of 1755 almost destroyed this most important of Europe’s ports. The destruction of the city and the death of 40,000 people led to the end of Lisbon’s golden age.
The Marques de Pombal was the minister responsible for rebuilding the city and there is reference to him in many places – usually just “Pombal”.
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