Go up to the ocean lighthouse with the Porto tram 1 it was one of the experiences that most fascinated me in these two days of visit to Oporto. It was one of the things I couldn't miss, along with obviously wine tasting in a cellar.
Before leaving I had tried very hard to figure out how to go there by the old tram, but I had not found comprehensive answers, only a few disparate comments on the forums but nothing more.
That's why I think there must be a post that explains how to reach the ocean starting from Porto.
To the lighthouse on the ocean with the Porto tram 1
Well, there are several possibilities, including taking the bus 500 which runs along the entire Duoro river to its mouth and then to the ocean.
The prettiest solution, the one that makes the experience more colorful, (I also recommended it in the post "Visiting Porto: the 10 things to do”Is to use the old tram that leaves not far from the Palàcio da Bolsa. The stop is right under the stairs of the Church of San Francesco.
This stop is practically the terminus city side.
Tram line 1 is called Infant - Passeio Alegre, where Passeio Alegre is the terminus on the ocean side.
Like any means of transport, the frequency it varies according to the time you take it and, of course, also according to the day. On Sundays the number of rides is lowered a lot and you will even find people queuing up waiting for the tram.
Getting on tram 1 is like stepping back in time, it's like having MartyMcFly next to you and the Doc, with the only difference that I wish you not to find the storm. Anyway the tram goes the same.
The ticket costs 2,5 euro per person each way and you have to do it directly in the carriage.
Consiglio: I guess you want to enjoy the tram ride and maybe also see the river and therefore the view. Well, then remember to sit on the left on the way out and on the right on the way back. It will seem bullshit what I am telling you, but, if you do not notice it, you will find yourself looking into nothing. Among other things, remember that the single seats can also be folded according to the direction of travel.
Il time taken to reach the ocean with tram 1 from Porto is more or less than 20 minutes.
Once you get to Passeio Alegre, keeping the gardens on the right you will find the walk that leads to the lighthouse.
In a few minutes you will reach the lighthouse by walking this strip of concrete that goes into the sea while the waves crash on the rocks to your right creating remarkable spray which lend themselves a lot to some creative / impromptu photography!
Once arrived at the lighthouse in front of you you will find nothing. Water, water, and more water. Next to you there will presumably be some Portuguese fisherman who will stare at his fishing rod hoping that the fish will bite.
Well, personally this is the moment of relaxation, the moment of "look at the sea and think of nothing".
The sea brings peace.
How I wish I was born in a seaside place.