Honestly, I had no idea. I had no idea that there was a tram in Porto. I wanted to go to the city because everyone told me that it was very nice there, but such a tram makes the cityscape even more attractive for me. But first, as usual, our way to Porto:
We had nice sailing and arrived in Porto at 1:30 a.m. Somehow I like this time of arrival because it saves us the marina fees for one night. After sleeping in, we immediately went on a city tour. On the way to the city by bus we noticed a large shopping center with a hardware store. We soon decided not only to use the stay in Porto for sightseeing, but also to complete painting work on the ship. Our cockpit still needed some white paint for the floor and on the bench seats, where we have rubbed off a lot of the fresh paint over the past few months.
On the one hand there are large, representative squares in Porto, on the other hand small, winding old town alleys. I really like this coexistence. Apart from me, somehow 100,000 other tourists like it. I haven't heard so many scraps of German as here in Porto.
And then there's the tram. There are three lines in total. One line goes down the river, one goes up from the river to the old town and the third line turns through the old town.
The tram cars look something like in Lisbon. However, they are even older here and move on the local gauge (1668 mm). In Lisbon it is a narrow-gauge tram. Only one vehicle is used on lines 18 and 22, which is why unintended encounters cannot occur on the single-track sections.
Line 22 circles a large part of the old town. Of the three lines, it is the most worth seeing when it comes to visualizing the tram and the old town.
Whenever one of the trains approaches a group of tourists, the phones are pulled out of their pockets and selfies are taken on the tracks with the tram.This is not conducive to punctuality, the drivers of the trains are ringing the bell at practically every corner.
In Porto I saw some churches, the front of which is completely covered with tiles. So this one too, which also has the advantage that it can be staged together with the tram.
The interior is also worth seeing! The church is not open every day. I had to visit the square a couple of times to get a look inside the walls.
The two women, who are posing in the foreground with their cell phones, have taken their selfies in all possible directions. Then they moved on immediately. In the city bus I met two young women from Germany who had a tight Portugal program. It seemed particularly important to them that their friends follow them on Instagram, as I could easily notice in their conversation. Is the only purpose of the trip the picture on Instagram? That cannot happen to us with the blog here, blogging has almost gone out of fashion.
If you want to use the tram in Porto for the city tour, the two-day ticket for 10 € is recommended. A one-way trip without the right to change costs € 3.50. So if you only make a single trip with each line, the two-day ticket has already paid off. And such a flat rate also puts you in a good mood, because you can get out and see the area from time to time.
Line 1 has more than one vehicle in use. There are also single-track sections here, which is why you always have to pay attention to oncoming traffic in stops with the possibility of crossing. There are no signals for this, the drivers have a tablet in front that shows them the tram track network and the position of the individual vehicles.
Most tourists travel from terminal to terminal, so it happens when a train arrives and is stormed. Nothing runs fast in Portugal, the driver has enough time to sell tickets and have a chat.
Line 1 does not have to climb large gradients because it travels along the banks of the Douro. There is a picturesque development, old port facilities and also a practically car-free section, where a bridge was also built along the edge of the Douro.
The picture above is taken from the parallel bridge on which the motor vehicle is traveling.
There is a tram museum at the tram depot, where lines 1 and 18 meet.
In this picture you can see a seagull fleeing from the approaching tram. It was taken shortly before the final stop at the tram museum.
The stop at the museum is also a stop where the drivers are replaced. This always gives the opportunity for the staff to chat with each other.
The tourists who wait for their train here and scratch their feet on the ground have learned to ignore the drivers. A place of calm and serenity in the otherwise lively city.
We walked along the route of line 18 to get back to the old town from the river. Unfortunately, line 18 was out of service at that time, and I could not take a picture of the trains ascending. But we had a good view of Porto and its river bank.
There is also a modern metro with six lines. On the way to the transfer station in the bus, which we take to the marina, it leads through the Matosinhos district. Here it has a route, like the U5 in Frankfurt, in the middle of life. In contrast to Frankfurt, the city mothers and fathers of Porto have managed to largely separate the metro from car traffic.
And then there was the painting work. You have become good. We will no longer burn our feet on the cockpit floor.