In 1967 the aqueduct ceased its role as Lisbon's water source. It is now owned by the award-winning Water Museum (Museu da Água)
. Their other facilities include the Barbadinhos Steam Pumping Station, Mãe d'Água Reservoir in Amoreiras and the Patriarcal Reservoir. It is possible to walk across the aqueduct in both directions along the walkways or "passesios dos across'. Historically people used the aqueduct as easy access to the city and to bring their wares to sell.
The walkways are sufficiently wide enough to curb any feeling of vertigo, leaving your mind free to appreciate the incredible views from this vantage point. The path between the main entrance at Campolide and Monsanto is about a kilometre. It lies on a flat plane, with no stairs or climbing of any sort. The aqueduct attained National Monument status in 1910. The walk starts at the EPAL's Water Museum station in Calçada da Quintinha Road, in Campolide.
Open between 1 March and 30 November, Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 - 17h30
Getting to the Águas Livres Aqueduct
The Calçada Estação train station is 10 minutes stroll from the start of the aqueduct walk:
• Linha de Sintra/Azambuja: Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website
The 702 bus gets you close, alight at the Cç. dos Mestres, Rua 5: Timetable
Museu da Água, Epal, 6 Calçada da Quintinha, Campolide, Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 43′ 11.4″ N | 09° 07′ 11.8″ W |
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