If I have some favorite spots that keep moving, those would be the funiculars, trams and lifts of Lisbon. Before the crowd invasion, it was the Santa Justa lift. But it became a mandatory visit, and so have its waiting lines. As a consequence, no locals, including me, was going there anymore. So lately my favourite has been another one, the Lavra funicular. It’s quite hidden, and that’s a good thing.
I usually get this one when I want to visit Torel Garden (see Torel Garden article) or go to “Campo Martires da Patria”, two nice gardens up on its hill. Not only, since the area at the top end of Lavra really provides a nice walk.
The Lavra funicular may be not so fun to ride, but it is the most charming, and certainly it is the most quiet (often private!) public transport in Lisbon. It’s very large inside, with long wooden seats and metal wheels that transport me way back in history. This is the oldest transport in Lisbon, with more than 120 years and also considered a national monument.
This is one of the four Lisbon Lifts that takes you over Lisbon’s hills, the others being Gloria, Santa Justa and Bica. I have talked about my favourites, but actually I love them all.