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In Lisbon, as in many other Portuguese cities, there are a lot of ups and downs in the landscape. I was there in spring and the daily temp was 30 - 33°C and apparently it gets warmer in summer. The hills look smooth from a distance, but are steep. On a nice warm day, you will build up a sweat, going from one place, to the next - with a lot of ups and downs inbetween. So, the Portuguese has some solutions to make life easier for those (like tourists) who trudges a lot of hills daily.


1. Picture left: Roads that are actualy staircases. See the road (staircase) going up the side of the buildings.


2. Picture top right: The famous tram 28, which conveniently runs up and down some of the hills in parallel to the river. Since this tram is in big demand by tourists, one has to watch out for pick-pockets.


3. Picture second from the top, right: The tuk-tuk services, as well as taxis will make easy fare of a hill.


4. Next down on the right: Elevador da Glória runs up and down its track, to connect the lower lying Avinadas area with the Bairro Alto area. As you can see, there is enough sidewalk for footsloggers.


5. Bottom right: Elevador de Santa Justa consist of the bridge leading to an elevator shaft, where one can take the elevator. In this case the elevator is the normal box hanging from cables, in a shaft. Santa Justa connects Baixa (the nearer rooftops) with the Bairro Alto and Chiado areas. This contraption was built at the turn of the 20th century and is the design of Raoul du Ponsard, an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel. 


Both these Elevadors are run by the Yellow Bus (topless tourist bus) company, so your valid Yellow Bus ticket, will also be good for the Elevadors. One can also buy a daily ticket that is valid for public buses, trams, trains, elevadors and metro's (underground). So with a little planning, one can control the number of times you go up and down by leg power and also the cost of travelling around the city.



comments (14)

i see you have documented and personally tried all the public transport modes very well, Louis.
Louis: I like to experience as much as is reasonably possible, when visiting a new (to me) city. I believe I get the feel of a place in the process. Thanks Ayush.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 26 Jul 2017, 02:01
What a colourful place!

I particularly like the wonderful staircase in the left-most image, Louis, but all are wonderful illustrations of your anecdote.
Louis: It is a wonderful place and there are many such staircases in Portugal. And they test a person. One of the reasons, that I believe that the Portuguese exhibit good size calves in general - exercise, all the time. Thank you, Ray.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jul 2017, 04:48
The tram in Lisboa is world- famous.
Louis: Especially, no 28, Philine.
So I'm taking notes from you, Louis, in case we ever make it to Lisbon! One does need to pay attention to such things as getting about at our age and body parts. HA!
Louis: Most guide books explain what there is to see, not necessarily how to go about it and survive (physically, budget wise, etc).
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Jul 2017, 07:06
Brilliant stuff Louis, you've really captured the feel of this place for me
Louis: Thank you Chris. It has a charm of it's own.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Jul 2017, 07:47
Les rues ont l'air de monter raide.
Louis: Oui, Martine, il y a de nombreuses routes escarpées au Portugal.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 26 Jul 2017, 09:27
One would have to be fit to tackle staircases like the one in your main picture. A good thing they don't have icy conditions there!
Louis: Yes, I get the idea that the Portuguese are walking fit people. In central and northern Portugal, where it does get icy, I have seen similar staircases. I did wonder how they handle it in winter.
Ingenious solutions. The famous market in Seattle is built into hills and reminds me of these scenes.
Louis: Ingenious, indeed, Mary. Lisbon may be the city with the most alternative public transport types that I have come across.
Great stuff Louis. Lisbon really looks worth seeing
Louis: Thank you, Bill. I really enjoyed the visit.
A really enjoyable collage Louis, I would love to travel on them, and I did enjoy your commentary.
Louis: Thank you Brian. It is my first Fotor collage.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Jul 2017, 17:31
I remember the steep streets Louis.
Louis: I will not forget them, gutteridge.
Nice montage, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Frank. Brian introduced me to Fotor.
Merci pour la découverte de cette ville ..Le tramway est très coloré .
Louis: Merci beaucoup claudine/canelle
Takes me back to last-year's visit!
Louis: I was thinking a lot of your pictures, while I was there. You promised me a lot of tiles and they were all over the place smile Thank you, Tom.

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