On several days we drove from Oeiras to Lisbon to see the city. The city was particularly full in one day, when we could see five (!) Cruise ships outside the gates at the same time. Lisbon is an attractive destination for tourists and crunchy.
Lisbon has been hit several times by earthquakes, so the inner city was redesigned around 1755.
Where there are so many tourists, there are of course no tourist traps. You can get on special tram tour trains here. They are not overcrowded, but you cannot use them with the normal day ticket. You can save yourself the extra admission, because the normal ticket for the subway and bus also applies to the tram. The yellow trains run on the same tracks as the green and red tour trams.
However, you have to accept that you sometimes have to queue up on the normal tram. But that's not so bad, the trains run very often. And you don't have to get on at the big stops, somehow you always come along at the small stops.
The city is built on more or less seven hills. As a result, people keep trying to show the steepness of the narrow streets in photos. To make it easier for pedestrians to switch back and forth between the lower and upper parts of the city, people came up with a few ideas.
There is an eternal escalator between the lower town and the upper town. With this escalator you can get quite high in two minutes, unfortunately you have to go down the stairs again on foot.
If you can't walk down so many stairs, you can use the elevator. It is a sight, costs separate entry and the queues in front of the elevator are even longer than the queues at the important tram stations.
Of course, the tram goes to the upper city, but I created an extra page for this tram in this blog. Nobody has to look at so many tram images, even if every tourist in Lisbon automatically turns into a tram photographer.
Instead of an escalator, elevator, tram or on foot, the funicular can also be used to get from top to bottom. The ride on the funicular is included in the normal day ticket. A one-way trip costs € 3.80 there and back.
The many tourists want to be transported. I have been to Lisbon by motorcycle over ten years ago. At that time the city was not so crowded, there was still space on the trams and the streets were not overcrowded with tuktuks. Somehow it broke out like a plague in the bigger cities in Portugal. The city is contaminated with combustion engines or electricity-powered tuktuks and provides for individual tourist transport.
It is difficult to escape the fascination of a long line of these companions. It is difficult to avoid them on the street. The electrical ones in particular are problematic because you can't hear them coming up. It is difficult to photograph the city without having one of these things on the subject.
We stayed here for a few days. It was too crowded for me. Porto is not quite as crowded and otherwise has many similar properties in topography and architecture.
After an exhausting sightseeing tour in the city we drove to Belem. From there you have a wonderful view of the combined highway and railway bridge over the Tagus. Christ can also be seen on the cross behind it.
You can see in Jens' face how exhausting such a tour of the city is. We didn't look at it that much and let ourselves be driven as far as possible. City vacation is already violent.
The S-Bahn takes us back to Sissi in just 20 minutes. There we can relax and plan the next day.