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Introducing Cacilhas

This sleepy seaside suburb lies just across the Rio Tejo from the capital. Its star attraction – visible from almost everywhere in Lisbon – is 110m-high Cristo Rei. Perched on a pedestal, the statue of Christ with outstretched arms is a slightly more baroque version of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer. It was erected in 1959 to thank God for sparing Portugal from the horrors of WWII. A lift zooms you up to a platform, from where Lisbon spreads magnificently before you. It’s a fantastic place for photos. To reach the statue from Cacilhas, take bus 101 (€1.35).

Lisboêtas also flock to Cacilhas for the cervejarias (beer halls) serving fresh seafood, refreshing brews and fine views of the sun setting over the river.

Near the ferry terminal, Cervejaria O Farol is a buzzy haunt that cooks crustaceans, including garlicky clams and shrimps, to finger-licking perfection.

A 15-minute stroll along the waterfront brings you to Ponto Final. The grilled fish, codfish cakes and monkfish rice are quite good, though the view from the outdoor tables along the river's edge is the real star. It's also a great spot for sunset drinks.

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