Popular tourist attraction Lisbon: noisy stinking Tuk-Tuk cars, historic area with narrow streets & eco-friendly silent Tuk Tours
The last few years Tuk-Tuk cars are gaining more popularity among tourists in Lisbon. You see them everywhere in the city: cute little cars, but most of them make a lot of noise and they stink terribly ! 🙁
Largo Maria da Severa Mouraria Lisbon & an eco-friendly (silent) Tuk Tours car
Mouraria is a very old neighborhoud with narrow streets where big tourist buses cannot get through. Here you can enjoy fado nights and traditional food, like in restaurant/bar ‘Maria da Mouraria’, the former house of Lisbon’s first fadista (fado singer): ‘Maria da Severa’ .
‘Do you like to Tuk-Tuk with me’ ? 😉 Voulez-vous Tuk-Tuk avec moi? 😉 I saw a car with a led display using this text in several languages. These little Tuk Tuk vehicles are most ideal for short trips and sightseeing. They are capable to drive through the small and sometimes winding streets in the ancient historical neighborhoods of Lisbon like Alfama and Mouraria.
Lisbon Square Martim Moniz: lots of tourists are waiting for legendary electric tram 28
Square Martim Moniz is the starting point of the legendary old tram 28
Nowadays several owners of Tuk-Tuk cars are trying to persuade you to take a tour (from 45 – 60 euro for one hour), but a ride with ‘elétrico’ tram 28 will also bring you to most tourist attractions of Lisbon….and much cheaper (around 4 euro pp).
Historic area Mouraria Lisbon
This photo was taken at the door of a very small restaurant out of the tourist circle, in historic area Mouraria where you can enjoy a typical and delicious Portuguese meal for around 8 euros. Restaurant ‘A Vaidosa Terreirinho Ginginha’, Rua do Terreirinh0 58.
Tuk-Tuk cars, origin & polution
The Tuk-Tuk cars often run on diesel and some very old ones are imported from Asia. Auto rickshaws of Southeast Asia started from the knockdown production of the Daihatsu Midget which had been introduced in 1957. There are too many of them in Lisbon (2016) 🙁 🙁
UPDATE April 2017:
The tuk-tuks in Lisbon will have to be electric starting next year, in 2018
Tuk-Tuk cars Lisbon downtown city center & elegant shopping area Rua Garrett
Nearby a popular tourist attraction: the iconic façade of the Café ‘A Brasileira’ with the figure of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) at his usual table, Portugal’s famous writer and poet.
Young enthusiastic drivers & Tuk-Tuk cars
One of the advantages of the arrival of the tuk-tuk cars to Lisbon is the possibility for tourists making trips with young and enthusiastic people, who speak several languages. Most of them are especially trained to talk about the historic sites of Lisbon.
Eco friendly Tuk car in Lisbon, historic area Alfama
Eco (and silent!) Tuk Tours Lisbon (it also has a mode “à la carte”, which allows the rental of a vehicle indefinitely).
http://www.ecotuktours.com/en/ (more info and reservations)
Example: old town Lisbon Tour, estimated time: max. 90 min.
Price per tour: €70/tuk car
Maximum lotation: up to 6 pax/Eco Tuk
Travessa da Pereira 16, Lisbon
Eco friendly Tuk Tour old town Lisbon: narrow streets of Alfama