Make your way to Praça do Comércio for the Lisbon Tramcar Hills Tour, where you will board your tramcar. Lisbon’s trams are famous and a great way to get around this beautiful hilly city. An audio- guide (available in Portuguese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese) will inform you about places of interest on the way.
Your tram will take approximately one-and-a half hours to travel through the historic districts of Lisbon. On the way you will pass the great Castle of São Jorge. Parts of the structure date back to the 6th century and it was a Moorish royal residence until the king of Portugal captured it in 1147.
You will also pass Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa, the cathedral of Lisbon and the oldest church in the city. Construction began in 1147 and the building has undergone many changes over the years. It is now a mix of several architectural styles.
As you rattle along, you can see the city’s inhabitants chatting in doorways or going about their daily business. You will enjoy the cozy village atmosphere of medieval Alfama with its maze of alleys, white-washed houses, lines of washing and balconies with potted plants.
You will also pass through Mouraria, another ancient quarter of the city with the same labyrinthine street pattern as Alfama. The Moors withdrew into this district after Lisbon was conquered by the Portuguese.
Experience the contrast, as you travel through sophisticated Chiado, an elegant and charming neighborhood with theaters, bookshops, cafes, and expensive shops. And your tram ride also includes wealthy Lapa, the diplomatic quarter, with its grand embassy buildings and splendid mansions.
At the end of your fascinating tram ride you will be dropped back at the starting point.