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Tram 28 – The Longest Route in Lisbon

By Vikasacharya
Tram 28 – The longest route in Lisbon

A highlight of any visit to Lisbon is a ride on the number 28 tram. This enjoyable tram route passes through many of Lisbon's finest districts, including Baixa, Graça, Alfama and Estrela, but most visitors travel on it to climb the steep hill from Baixa to the castle and Alfama.Due to the undulating route, only the classic Remodelado trams, which were originally commissioned in the 1930s, are able navigate the steep inclines or sharp twists of the tracks. These trams (that would be in a museum in any other city) are an integral part of Lisbon public transport network, and a ride on the number 28 tram is a highlight of any trip to Lisbon.The number 28 tram is the longest route in Lisbon, performing a loop in the east of Baixa, Graça and Alfama before heading west to Estrela and Campo de Ourique. This first section is the favourite with most tourists, as the tram screeches through Alfama, passing the Se Cathedral and the Santa Luzia viewpoint. The westward section is equally enjoyable and scenic, by passing through the Estrela district and terminating at the magnificent Estrela Estrela Basilica.

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