Christ Statue (Cristo Rei)
Cristo Rei
The Cristo Rei statue stands 100 metres tall on elevated ground that is already 82 metres above sea level. There is a lift that whisks you up 80 metres to the viewing platform, where incredible views over Lisbon await your eyes and camera. There's also a souvenir shop here selling the usual tat. For those who don't consider themselves religious, it the amazing views that draws them to this monument. It's worth checking the weather forecast at the start of your day to avoid disappointment.
Weekdays: 09h30 – 18h00 | Weekends: 09h30 – 19h00

Santuário de Cristo Rei, 2800-058, Almada, Portugal. | 38° 40' 40.7" N | 09° 09' 52.4" W
+351 212 751 000 | |  Website


The Ferry Across the Tejo

The most adventurous way to get to the Cristo Rei statue is by taking the ferry that leaves Cais do Sodré. It is ideally located on the green metro line and terminates at Cacilhas. The ferries are regular. The trip takes about 15 minutes. The white and orange boats are known as Cacilheiros locally.
Weekdays: 06h00 – 22h45 | Weekends: 7h30 – 22h45

Each Way: €1.20 | Timetable

Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa - Terminal Fluvial do Cais do Sodré, 1249-249 Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 44' 46.05" N | 09° 05' 50.8" W
+351 210 139 287 |  Website

Once you reach Cacilhas you can catch the number 101 bus from the bus stop opposite which drops you off at the Cristo Rei monument (buy ticket from driver). Timetable
Ferry to Cacilhas



Alternatively, you may wish to hang around Cacilhas and enjoy some of the best fish and seafood restaurants in the region. These restaurants have a huge array of dishes on offer, which will go well with a refreshing pint any time of the day. The cafés and restaurants are located alongside the promenade where there are amazing views over the river to Lisbon. The variety of dishes available here is extraordinary. The dish that stands out is Cataplana, a stew cooked in a copper vessel of the same name.

On the water's edge is the former Lisnave Shipyard, which is now a permanent home of the Fragata D. Fernando II e Glória wooden-hulled, 50 gun frigate. It was Portugal's last sailing warship, a lasting legacy of Portugal's maritime history. Manufactured in India, it traversed the oceans between Portugal's Indian colonies and Lisbon, with a crew of 400. Sadly in 1963, it caught fire and lingered unattended. In 1993 it was restored to its 19th-century glory, in time for the World Expo '98. Today, the fully restored ship is a museum and sits in a quay at Cacilhas docks, just a few steps away from the ferry station. The ships neighbour in the dock is the Barracuda submarine. Both vessels are open to the public as part of the Almada Naval Museum.

Elevador Panorâmico da Boca do Vento

A short walk along the old riverside promenade and along the Cais do Ginjal, past disused warehouses and derelict docks, is the base of the Elevador Panorâmico da Boca do Vento cliff elevator at the Jardim do Rio (River Garden). Constructed in 2000 this panoramic elevator whisks you up to old town Almada. At the top is a viewing platform that displays amazing vistas over the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge and Lisbon, especially when the sun is setting. The town of Almada has its own charm. However, you'll need your graffiti blinkers. There are plenty of viewpoints in the town, but most people will walk right through to get to the Cristo Rei statue on the town's western edge.

Daily: 08h00 – 00h00
Each Way: €1.00
Largo da Boca de Vento 2800, Almada, Lisbon, Portugal. | 38° 41' 05.2" N | 09° 09' 32.4" W
Elevador Panorâmico da Boca do Vento