After our morning trip to Sintra we were back in Lisbon by 3.00pm and now had “free time”, but what do we do with it?
We set off walking down the Avenida da Liberdade which was much quieter than yesterday to reach Rossio Square. Officially it is the Pedro IV square (Praca de D’Pedro IV) and it is located in the Pombaline Downtown of Lisbon.
Column of Pedro IV
The pavement is covered with Portuguese pattered tiles creating a wave effect.
We wanted to experience the transport systems of the city so we purchased an all-day ticket at 6.50 euro. We decided to ride on the Ascensor da Gloria (The Gloria Funicular) also known as the Elevador da Gloria which is a funicular railway than runs in the Parish of Santo Antonio. It connects the Pombaline Downtown at Restauradores Square with the Bario Alto of Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
A one-way ticket costs 3.40 euros so we had already got out monies worth. One of the cars was covered with graffiti but this was considered an art form.
From the gardens at the top we could look out over the city and see the Castelo de Sao George on the opposite hilltop.
We did a bit of exploring and found a quiet square where we could sit and have a drink and a custard tart.
Back downtown we set off to experience another transport system, the Lisbon Tram.We chose route 12 as it is a circular route taking us through the Baixa and Alfama Districts.
We got on at the Praca da Figuera where we could get a seat. A few stops later it was standing room only. Our journey took us past the main tourist sites including the Se Cathedral, St Anthony Church and the Santa Luzia Viewpoint.
After a bit of a rest we wandered through the Praca do Comercio and down to the bank of the Tagus River. It was quiet here and we relaxed as we watched the light fade.
We now had only one thing in mind – food. We headed back up towards the Avenida da Liberdade and the Restauradores area. We ate at the Restaurante Andorra and we had a very good meal. I chose leitao assado, roast suckling pig. It was delicious but I think it had been a long time since this piglet had suckled from its Mommy.
Of course I had to try the local wine and tonight we chose a bottle of the local red, Monte Vehlo, which was excellent.
Later we stopped off at one of the bar/ kiosks on the Avenida for a coffee, or did we just need a rest.
We finally arrived back at out hotel at 11.00 pm. We had been out for almost 15 hours. This was supposed to be a holiday.