Hybrid vehicle cumulating everything wrong between a car and a scooter.
Often marketed as an eco friendly solution and reducing the traffic in city centers, this object is not only useless in Lisbon but also perfectly ridiculous.
Sawatika ! Wait is this Thailand ? No Lisbon… Unknown less than two years ago, these auto rickshaws have flooded the city to the point where the mayor office doesn’t know how many there are. Our estimation goes from 200 to 300 that constantly go around the seven hills trying to grab tourists.
All group above 20 participants (cruise ships, « free tours » …) is a real problem in the old neighborhoods of a city like Lisbon, its urbanistic design doesn’t encourage masses.
Probably the climax of capitalism, thousands of pigeons have left their credit cards to the reception desk of this floating building. A building pouring its occupants for a few hours in several cities of several countries. Mass tourism in all its’ beauty, expensive for average services, all you can eat and all you can see. Similarly to the meal, you finish with a stomach ache.
The sudden popularity of Lisbon has seen many websites, blogs flourish on the internet and also paper guides written by people in the city for about a week in the best case, or people that haven’t even been there in the worst case but taking advantage of publicity, commissions, services for referring people here or there.
Please note that this section does not concern the city tourism center but the structures that were created here for tourists only and that have nothing Portuguese except maybe the name (Fado houses, souvenir stores) if it isn’t itself in English.
Vacation and traveling are often a time for people to blow off some steam, but there are ways to do so and ways to not.