Lisbon has a lot more to offer than highlights in crowded tourist areas Bairro Alto, Baixa/Chiado and Alfama. Our choice, take the rusty ferry from Lisbon’s transfer station Cais do Sodre to Cacilhas, located on the south bank of the Tagus river. A return ticket sets you back only 2,60 euro. Above all, Cacilhas offers perfect spots to take the most amazing pictures. Check out our results after spending an afternoon in this raw, rough, quiet and authentic area.
From Cais do Sodre, the trip by ferry takes around 10 minutes to reach the other side of Tagus river. Make sure you choose a seat at the window to get a stunning view of the iconic 25th of April Bridge. According to locals, it can be crowded at rush hours. However, we crossed the river to the south part around 1pm and at that time, it was really quiet. The good thing for adventurous travellers is Cacilhas isn’t as touristy as famous areas like Alfama and Bairro Alto.
Earlier, we met Carla from Lisbon, who guided us in the street labyrinth Alfama. She was the one who gave us the tip to get off the ferry in Cacilhas and turn immediately right. When you’re there, walk along the Tagus river, in the direction of the red-coloured ‘Golden Gate Bridge’. On your left-hand side you’ll find countless colourful graffiti paintings on the walls of old, abandoned warehouses. Pretty raw stuff as you will notice on our pictures!
Back on the path, on your right-hand side, you’ll find shabby fisherman on the pier. Maybe they’re trying to get in their fresh dinner for the night. During the walk along the river, you’ll find enough edgy spots to take photos. If you’re feeling peckish, no worries. You’ll pass two restaurants, named Atira Te ao Rio and Ponto Final. Take a seat on the stylish terrace and enjoy the view of the bridge, river and city centre on the other site of Tagus. They serve traditional Portuguese snacks and tasty, cheap beers.
Walk further and you’ll find a small park. From the wooden seats in Boca do Vento you have a marvelous view of the bridge. At the end of the ‘park’, you’ll find Museum Naval (blue door), which shows objects about the famous Portuguese maritime history.
Back in the park, take the elevator and walk 30 minutes to reach the famous Cristo Rei and enjoy the breath-taking panorama. The statue looks similar to Christ the Redeemer in Rio the Janeiro. Take some time to stroll around and take some memorable photos. When you’re done, bus line 101 takes you back to the ferry. There you’ll find the stunning Dom Fernando II e Glória, an impressive frigate of the Portuguese navy, which is only used for ceremonies.
Back on the Cais do Sodre side, cross the busy street. Here you’ll find the Time Out Market. This is a wonderful place for a refreshing beer, smooth wine or local food. Or even better try, like we did, some oysters for only 1,90 apiece. Just what you need after a stunning photo experience.