Three simple steps to get to Cristo Rei in Portugal

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Cristo Rei from the back.

Unlike visiting major attractions in Barcelona, Cristo Rei in Lisbon is not easily accessed via the metro. It takes a ferry and bus ride to reach the huge attraction, though the journey there is an attraction itself. Here are three simple steps of how to get to Cristo Rei in Portugal from central Lisbon:

1. Head to the Cais do Sodre ferry terminal (You can walk along the broadwalk from Praça do Comércio)

If you’re heading to Cristo Rei from Praça do Comércio, facing the Tagus River, turn right and walk straight along the long broadwalk. It’s a 10 minute walk to the Cais do Sodre ferry terminal.

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Three simple steps to get to Cristo Rei in Portugal – you can first walk along the broadwalk along the Tagus River
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Nice scenery awaits you. 
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Nice grass patch to chill and enjoy the sun.

2. Take the Ferry to Cacilhas

The return ferry ticket will cost €4. The ferry leaves at 20-30 minute intervals, so be prepared to wait it out should you miss the boat. The ferry ticket looks similar to that of the metro, therefore remember not to mix them up!

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Ferry to Cacilhas

The scenery on the ferry brings you close to the 25 de Abril Bridge, which will be splendidly laid before your eyes once you arrive at Cristo Rei. Nonetheless, it can be quite an experience to be seeing a Golden Gate lookalike for the very first time.

For good pictures, opt for the seats without window panels blocking the view.

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Scenery is really great on the ferry ride from Lisbon to Cacilhas
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The 25 de Abril bridge slowly comes to life
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Portugal is mostly made up of houses with brown rooftops, I realised

3. Take Bus 101 in Cacilhas

Upon arrival at Cacilhas, you will be greeted by multiple restaurants. I’m not sure how good is the food. If you had a chance to check them out do drop a comment below!

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One of the many restaurants at Cacilhas near the ferry terminal.
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Signboard upon arriving at Cacilhas.

For the bus to Cristo Rei, turn left and you will find the bus station. From there, Bus 101 will take you right to the doorstep of Cristo Rei. Tickets can be bought on the bus. Make sure you have enough change! The bus frequency is about twenty minutes. You can see the bus timetable at the bus stop. If you miss the bus, fret not. The scenery around is pretty amazing and taking photos would help to kill time.

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Nice lighthouse looking structure at Cacilhas.
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Fishing at the jetty at Cacilhas.
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Flags among a sturdy Portuguese ship.
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Waiting for Bus 101.

The bus ride to Cristo Rei

The bus ride is a journey on its own. Cacilhas must be a really small town because all the shops and businesses were shut when we were there on a Sunday. There were a few cars moving on the streets and the number of humans on the streets could be counted with my fingers.

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The view is nice – with no humans in the photo..
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All shops were closed.
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The streets were practically empty. .

And we finally got there…

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We were greeted by this statue when we arrived. It’s very intriguing.
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Hong Kong students happily taking photos
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Cristo Rei literally welcomes us with open arms. 

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