As recently as the mid 20th century the South of the river Tejo was under populated and somewhat cut off, reach only by ferry from Lisbon. The "Salazar Bridge" suspension bridge was built in 1966 (renamed the Ponte 25 de Abril after the 1974 Revolution) and opened up bridge opened up the South bank to the growing city, giving access to the Costa da Caparica beyond. If you take the ferry across you're likely to disembark ar Cacilhas, famous for it's seafood restaurants and sunset views.
Further down the peninsular is the fine seaside resort of Sesimbra, the city of Setúbal, Palmela and its medieval castle, the River Sado, Tróia and the beautiful Parque Natural da Arrábida.
Ferry to Cacilhas
Costa da Caparica
The 4-star Mercure Lisboa Almada is situated a short drive from Costa da Caparica's beaches and 0.9 miles from the iconic Cristo Rei Statue. It offers modern rooms with a picturesque view of Almada. The tastefully decorated rooms at the Mercure Lisboa Almada have cable TV, a work desk and air conditioning.
Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Free indoor parking is available for the hotel's guests. The hotel was inaugurated in 2010 and was the 1st four-star hotel in Almada. The hotel offers a restaurant serving international dishes inspired by Portuguese gastronomy. A new lounge concept has a variety of freshly prepared juices, teas and flavoured waters. Also available are refreshing mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks.
9 Rua Abel Salazar, Pragal, 2805-313 Almada, Portugal.
38º 40" 09.7' N | 09º 10" 10.6' W
Olá Belém offers something different and unique. Spectacular accommodation in a renovated windmill complete with stunning views of Lisbon across the river in Caparica. Guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking. The bed and breakfast has a patio and river views with one bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchenette with a fridge and a stovetop, and a bathroom with a shower. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. Guests can swim in the outdoor swimming pool, go cycling, or relax in the garden and use the barbecue facilities.
1 Azinhaga dos Formozinhos, 2825-109 Caparica, Portugal.
38º 40" 00.1' N | 09º 11" 60.0' W
Overlooking the longest beach in the Lisbon area, this hotel provides far-reaching views of the Atlantic Ocean. Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar features an outdoor pool and 354 rooms spread over seven floors.
All guest bedrooms at Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar feature a private balcony with mountain or ocean views. In addition, every room offers air conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, a hairdryer and an en suite bathroom.
The two restaurants at the Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar offer buffet meals and à la carte menus. An on-site bar is available throughout the year. During the summer season, guests can relax at the Lobby Garden Bar and the Red Dragon Beach Club.
Aroeira Golf Course is 4.3 miles from the hotel, and there are other five golf courses within 24.9 miles. Bicycles can be rented on site. Guest are welcome to curl up with a book in the library. There are seven conference rooms equipped with the latest sound and image technology.
Av. General Humberto Delgado, 47, 2829-506 Costa da Caparica, Portugal.
38º 38" 28.5' N | 09º 14" 10.5' W
Renowned for its seafood, especially its sardines, this non-pretentious restaurant offers fine fare for a fair price. The staff are friendly and helpful. There's a good choice of wines available to help complete your dining experience.
Daily: 10h00 - 22h00
Estrada Fonte Da Telha, Costa da Caparica 2825-412, Portugal. | 38º 36" 16.1' N | 09º 11" 50.4' W
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The "Farol" is a century-old restaurant that only serves fresh, locally sourced seasonal fish and chosen from their fish tanks. There's a wide choice of dishes on the menu to suit all budgets. The food is excellent, as is the service. Its popularity can cause it to be a little loud and busy, especially when tour groups arrive. The establishment is open two hours before the kitchen for serving their good choice of beer.
Daily: 10h00 - 23h00, Wednesdays: CLOSED
1 Largo Alfredo Dinis, Cacilhas, 2800-252 Almada, Portugal. | 38º 41" 15.8' N | 09º 08" 49.9' W
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Sittin' in the mornin' sun, I'll be sittin' when the evenin' come.
Watching the ships roll in. And then I watch 'em roll away again…
Sittin' on the dock of the bay facing the Tagus River as it flows out to sea, this charming restaurant is a celebration of all that's is good which comes from the sea. Good food, good music, good service and a firm commitment to source only the freshest local ingredients.
Daily: 12h30 - 22h30. Mondsays: CLOSED
69/70 Cais do Gingal, 2800-284 Almada, Portugal. | 38º 41" 06.5' N | 09º 09" 26.1' W
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|The Cristo Rei statue is 11 miles (18km) South of Lisbon Portela Airport
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|The way across the river is on the IP7 across the 24 de Abril bridge coming off at the A8 junction into Almada.
The bridge can get very busy with commuters during rush hour time albeit efforts to control the traffic flow into Lisbon by omitting tolls for cars travelling South and out of the city. At the time of writing this the toll is €1.75. On average 150,000 cars cross the bridge everyday.
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|Fertagus run services from Lisbon to the North and Setúbal to the South and traverses the 24 de Abril bridge to the Pragal train station.
• Lisbon - Setubal Timetables | Website
CP (Comboios de Portugal) trains which head South of Lisbon traverse the bridge:
Intercity (Intercidades) trains to/from Évora and Beja
• Linha do Alentejo: Timetable
Portugal's High Speed National Service
• Alfa Pendular Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website
| TST (Transportes do Tejo) run bus services South of Lisbon.
• 101 - Cacilhas (ferry port) - Cristo Rei
• 135 - Cacilhas (ferry port) - Costa de Caparica
• 161 - Praca do Areeiro (on the Green Metro line) - Costa da Caparica Website
A terminus for the light rail of the Metro Transportes do Sul is located at Cacilhas. The light rail lines from Cacilhas connect with the Lisbon railway network.
Timetable | Website
The ferry departs Lisbon at Cais do Sodré, which is ideally located on the green metro line and terminates at Cacilhas.
Weekdays: 06h00 – 22h45 | Weekends: 7h30 – 22h45
€1.20 | Timetable | Website