Cacilhas: let’s cross the River Tejo

Wed, 04.07.2018

The fascinating contradiction between the beauty of nature and the old abandoned industries

In the last tour, we took our students to the left hand of the river: Almada. As soon as we got off the ferry, we moved to Cais do Ginjal, the old industrial area of Cacilhas. Its name derives from Ginja, the fruit with which is made the famous Portuguese liquor Ginjinha. Our history teacher has retraced the golden years of this now abandoned area.

Cacilhas always had a role of great importance, since the time of the Phoenicians and Romans. From here, they exported fresh products for the rest of the mainland. During the era of the discoveries, this was an obligatory point of passage for all ships. In here, it was decided if they were ready for long voyages overseas and it was where they made the last repairs. And it increased its relevance in the 19th century, when the Industrial Revolution took place in Portugal.

Currently, it has become a “dormitory district”. But many projects are in store for its rehabilitation: the establishment of restaurants, gardens, cultural sites. The biggest obstacle to this realization is the conflict between the Almada City Hall and the owners of the buildings.

Later, we walked to the Miradouro do Jardim do Castelo. Once we reached the belvedere, we were breathless in front of the view of Lisbon in the opposite side of the river. Together we tried to recognize the squares, buildings and neighbourhoods of the city.

Our tour ended with a visit to the Church Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso. During the earthquake, the legend says that the river calmed down after the people disclosed the figure of the Holy Lady.

And what better conclusion if not drinking and eating something in a local bar?

Here are some photos of this fantastic afternoon:


An afternoon in the industrial centres and in the pier of Cais do Ginjal

When walking along the river Tejo, have you ever wondered what is beyond the shore? On the 4th of July, our school invites you to a tour that will allow you to get to know Lisbon from a different perspective. Together, we will reach the opposite bank of the Tagus River, where we will visit some important industrial centres in Cacilhas.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will speak both Portuguese and English. In this way, you will learn history and culture while practicing your listening!

We will move to Cais do Sodré, where we will take the ferry. This crossing will show us the amazing views of Baixa and of the 25 de Abril bridge.

The first stop of the tour will be in Cacilhas, part of the civil parish of Almada, Cova da Piedade, Pragal and Cacilhas. Our history teacher will tell us about it’s history and evolution over the centuries. In fact, it has played a central role since Roman times. Between XIX and XX centuries, it became a relevant industrial establishment. Here is also located the Cristo Rei monument. It’s inspired in the statue of Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janeiro, and it was built during the dictatorship.

The second step of the tour will be Cais do Ginjal, where we’ll learn the history of the port and the importance of the industries there established in the second half of the XIX century. A project to revive this decadent area along the river has recently been developed. It includes the construction of shops, restaurants, gardens, cultural spaces and much more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend some fun time together, while improving Portuguese and learning about the history of Portugal. You will not regret it!

Here are some pictures of our walking tour. Follow our FB page and our page School events to know all about our weekly tours!