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Lisbon Go 7 Hills Electric Bike Tour

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Pedal through narrow streets and vibrant neighborhoods on an electric bike tour of Lisbon that lets you explore on two wheels without sweating your way up the city's famously steep hills. Take in a series of panoramic viewpoints on a route that’s designed to reach the city’s highest places, passing a long list of top sights along the way.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan 2021
United Kingdom4036 contributions7777 helpful votes
An unusual but intriguing attraction. This is an old water tower which has been converted into a camera obscura. It’s a striking feature which can be seen on the top of the hill, alongside the bright yellow Pousada Convento and next to the church of Santa Maria do Castelo. With some spare time at hand, we were interested to see it. We were told that you see real-time images of the city projected onto a large screen in a completely dark room. All of which is made possible by using a series of mirrors and lenses. The most intriguing aspect of this is that it’s a very old technology. Leonardo Da Vinci used it (mainly to help him get perspective in a painting perfect) and the technique was described by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in the 4th century and by the Chinese philosopher, Mozi around the time of 470 to 390 BCE. We went across to look at the tower but it was not open. Apparently it is closed over the winter period and apparently re-opens in summer.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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letswingit wrote a review Oct 2020
Hong Kong, China94 contributions56 helpful votes
I have seen advertisements for camera obscuras in other cities, but didn’t get around to visiting since I didn’t really know much about it. This one was considerably cheaper than elsewhere, and as I had the time I thought I would go and check it out. Turns out I was the only person on the tour and the British guide was very informative, providing a lot of interesting information on the camera obscura as well as Tavira. I must say the whole experience exceeded my expectations - I didn’t expect the images to be so razor sharp and it provided an excellent overview of Tavira. At only 5€ I would make this a first stop in Tavira to get an overview of the city - you would be silly not too.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Maronitoni wrote a review Aug 2020
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For us this was a completely different way of sightseeing! We really enjoyed the interesting experience with the humorious guide. He knows a lot about Tavira and it's history and speaks many languages.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Emilio wrote a review Aug 2020
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The British tour guide ruined a potentially interesting visit/experience. His extremely cringey attempts at being funny made us really uncomfortable during the whole visit. Despite us being two adults, the guide used a rather annoying children-oriented style. We had asked for a tour in English but, after discovering my Spanish origins, he kept trying to speak Spanish in a patronising, even offensive way (As he saw I was wearing a Wigan Athletic shirt, he laughed and commented: "do you know where Wigan is? It's not in Spain"). Awful. The tour was outrageously rushed and empty, with the guide making brief, very vague comments about different parts and buildings of Tavira. The guide didn't introduce himself properly, didn't provide information about the camera obscura as a technical invention -and its impact on primitive photography- and didn't ask us if we had any questions. Even when my British partner asked him about how it works, he just said "it's similar to a periscope". Very poor experience, a waste of money.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Andy M wrote a review Jul 2020
Antwerp, Belgium5 contributions
Didn’t know what to expect but really surprised with how cool it was. And that for only 5 euro’s. The guide was a nice, funny man who gave an excellent explanation about the device and about Tavira. I would recommend to first tour the town and then visit the Camera Obscura. If you are in Tavira, you must go and see it. Doesn’t cost much and it doesn’t take long, but it’s really worth it.
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