On day 2 we decided to go on one of the famous yellow trams which are a brilliant way of getting around and seeing the whole of the city. It is honestly such a clever system and it is called tram 28!
We walked up to a stop just before Martim Moniz (where we were staying) as we’d seen the day before we could get on there. After about 15 minutes it finally came and we were chuffed to actually be on it despite having to stand in the very busy carriage. Within literally a minute of being on there and one stop later we were incredibly baffled as to why the driver was shouting that everyone had to get off and it was the last stop. Like the clueless tourists we were it turns out the place we got on was the final stop before it terminates to begin the journey again. Once we realised our error and saw the huge queue in front of us we quickly realised this was where everyone starts the tour.
My top tip here is to get in the queue in Martim Moniz square if you’re planning on staying on to sightsee for the whole journey because this is essentially the starting point and you are more likely to get a seat. Obviously it stops all around the city so you can get on and off wherever but it’s the place to be if you want a good spot.
After a few hours on the tram we went back to our apartment and then decided to head towards the sea. The city backdrop amongst the gorgeous promenade was a dream for me. There isn’t really much of a beach but it is still so lovely. (You can kind of see how much there is at 1:43)
We decided to just amble along in the direction of the bridge and of course had a look at all the cocktail huts on our way.
We saw the boat dock and headed in as we were interested in doing a boat tour. Here we were met by a lovely girl who spoke amazing English who sold us the sunset cruise. We were slightly dubious of the price at first but we were very happy we committed at 27€ each because although this was the most expensive thing we did, it was definitely one of the best.
The tour was so personal with only around 20 people on board. Throughout we were given rose, wine and a Portuguese liquor along with some biscuits and blankets. Looking back this is one of my most special memories of the trip, it was so beautiful watching the sunset with my 2 of my best friends. We were even hailed “The three musketeers” thanks to a Scottish couple. The company we went with was called Nosso Tejo and I would defo recommend for the private experience and relaxed feel!
We ended the night going to our favourite pastel de nata cafe as mentioned in my last post, Fabrica de Nata.