The best independent guide to Lisbon
The best independent guide to Lisbon
The number 24 tram route in Lisbon connects the Praça Luis Camões with Campolide, to the north of the city.
The route passes through the nightlife district of Bairro Alto and the affluent neighbourhood of Príncipe Real, terminating in the residential area of Campolide.
The E24 tram is the best way to travel around and explore Príncipe Real, as the tramline runs through the centre of the district. There is not much to see at Campolide, but it is only a short walk to the Parque Eduardo VII, with its viewpoint at the top of the hill. The other real notable attraction is the Arco Triunfal das Amoreiras, a decorative arch of Lisbon's aqueduct, which the tram passes beneath.
Trundling along the E24 route are the historic Remodelado trams, with their polished wooden seats, traditional brass dials and cheery yellow paintwork. The E24 is the quietest route to use this type of tram, so it is a great choice if you want to ride a traditional tram without the queues or hassle of the much better known E28 route.
The E24 as it passes the Jardim do Príncipe Real
Insight: The number 24 tram route is identified as the E24, with the preceding ‘E’ meaning Elétrico (the Portuguese word for tram).
The E24 tram follows a north-south route from the Praça Luis Camões in the Barrio Alto district to Campolide in the north.
For visitors, the main areas of interest are within the southern half of the route, unless you wish to visit the Parque Eduardo VII.
An interactive map of the E24 route is shown below (note zoom in or out to see all of the points).
Sights along the route: 1) Praça Luis Camões 2) Igreja de São Roque 3) Glória funicular 4) São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint 5) Jardim do Príncipe Real 6) Natural History museum 7) Igreja de São Mamede 8) Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras historic reservoir 9) Arco Triunfal das Amoreiras 10) Parque Eduardo VII viewpoint 11) Amoreiras shopping centre and viewpoint
Campolide - the final stop of the tram but theres not much for tourists to see here
The Jardim das Amoreiras and the arches of the aqueduct
The ‘Amoreiras 360º Panoramic View’ from the top of the Amoreiras towers is one of the best viewpoints of Lisbon
A single ticket purchased from the driver costs €3, and needs to be purchased using cash. The high ticket price is to encourage passengers to use a pre-paid zapping ticket, which makes the journey €1.60. Another option is to purchase the 24-hour public transport pass at €6.60. Both the 24-hour and zapping tickets can be purchased from any metro station.
The E24 in front of the Embaixada shopping centre
Príncipe Real is a peaceful and characterful district, and one of the most affluent areas of Lisbon. It doesn't have the same number of standout sights as other areas, but there are handsome streets, independent shops and a pretty park (the Jardim do Príncipe Real) at its centre. Surprisingly few tourists explore the area, considering its proximity to the hectic Bairro Alto and Baixa neighbourhoods.
Visiting Príncipe Real is made easy with the E24 tram, as it cuts through the centre of the district. Our advice is to ride the tram up the hill from Praça Luis Camões to Rua Escola Politécnica (the stop after the Natural History Museum) and wander back.
The E24 tram heading downhill into Bairro Alto
The number 28 tram is the most famous tram route, crossing much of the historic centre of Lisbon. This is a wonderful route, but what should be a fantastic experience can often be ruined by having to jostle with the hordes of tourists who try to ride it. Often it is standing room only, there are long queues to board, and there are skilful pick-pockets ready to ruin your day.
The number 24 route is not as long or scenic as the 28, but it is a much more enjoyable experience during the peak season (which seems to be year-round now in Lisbon!).
Our advice is to purchase a 24-hour ticket and ride the E24 tram up to Campolide. Then return and stop off at the Jardim do Príncipe Real, admire the view at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint and then ride the Glória funicular downhill into Baixa.
The Ascensor da Glória
The Ascensor da Glória is a delightful funicular that climbs one of the steepest hills of central Lisbon. This funicular line was opened in 1885, with the quirky yellow carriages that trundle up the hill dating from the 1930s.
The Ascensor da Glória comprises two carriages that are connected by a cable hidden below the street, so that as one carriage descends, it helps to raise the other. If you have a 24-hour public transport pass, you can ride the Ascensor da Glória for free.
Igreja de São Roque
The Igreja de São Roque stands as one of Portugal's earliest Jesuit places of worship, and is famed for its exquisite interior.
Constructed in the 16th century, the church is notably one of the few structures in Lisbon to have withstood the catastrophic earthquake of 1755. Though its exterior is unassuming, the interior is a spectacle of lavish decoration, featuring elaborate gold leaf designs, a stunning painted ceiling and opulent chapels.
Inside the church, the Chapel of St John the Baptist is a remarkable testament to 18th-century artisanship and religious devotion. Originally commissioned by King John V, the chapel was first erected in Rome and received the Pope's blessings. It was then disassembled, transported to Lisbon, and meticulously reconstructed within the Igreja de São Roque.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is one of the finest viewpoints of Lisbon, offering wonderful views over the Baixa district and up to the castle.
This viewpoint lies within a charming garden, the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara. This terraced garden is adorned with classical statues and rose gardens on the lower terrace. The area boasts a vibrant atmosphere, with musicians performing and tourists socialising, and is particularly captivating at sunset.
Embaixada Shopping centre
Embaixada is both a shopping centre and a cultural experience. Housed in a 19th-century Moorish-styled palace, it showcases Portuguese designers and artisans amidst stunning architectural details. With its blend of high-end retail and local craftsmanship, Embaixada offers a unique, luxurious shopping experience steeped in cultural richness.
As you walk through its intricately designed archways and lavish rooms, you'll discover a curated selection of chic items to browse, from fashion and accessories to home decor and unique artworks.
Embaixada shopping is housed in the wonderous 19th-century Ribeiro da Cunha Palace
Jardim do Príncipe Real
The Jardim do Príncipe Real is a peaceful urban park situated in the centre of the Príncipe Real district.
The park is adored by Príncipe Real's residents, who come to relax under the shade of its many trees or socialise in the park's café. On the edge of the park is a traditional kiosk serving drinks and snacks, while the park is home to a 250-year-old juniper tree with a canopy that stretches over 20 metres.
Hidden below the park is a 19th century reservoir, which up until 1943 supplied water to the whole of central Lisbon.
Amoreiras is the business district of Lisbon, characterised by 1980s tower blocks. The main attraction for visitors is the ‘Amoreiras 360º Panoramic View’, located at the top of one of the towers and accessible through the Amoreiras shopping centre. This viewpoint is among the best in Lisbon, offering a panoramic view of the entire city. The entrance fee is 5 euros.
Amoreiras towers and entrance to the shopping centre
The view from the top of the towers is definitely worth the admission fee
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