Let’s cross the Tejo river

Tue, 27.08.2019

An exciting afternoon in the other side of Tejo River

On the last walking tour on the 27th of August, our Portuguese language school took our students to the other side of Tejo.

We crossed the Tejo in a cacilheiro, specific name attributed to the ferries that go to Cacilhas. Cacilhas is located in Almada and has an important interface of public transports.

The trip was marvellous. We enjoyed the landscapes and the viewpoints to the other side of Tejo.

When we got there, we walked along Cais do Ginjal. During the walking tour and surrounded by an incredible view to Lisbon, Indira Leão, our history teacher, talked about the History of the local. Ginjal is the tree that gives the ginjas, bitter cherries used to make liquor.

Almada was the first area in Portugal that used the steam machine in its industries, in the second half of the 19th century. It had shipyards, fundamental to the ships that went to the other continents in the beginning of the Portuguese overseas expansion. Besides that, since the prehistorical times Almada was an attractive area for the settlement of different peoples. Rich in fish and agricultural products, this area provided Lisbon with these products since the medieval times.

Despite the splendid view to Lisbon, Cais do Ginjal it’s abandoned, with no way to be recovered.

After, we went up the elevator to the viewing point in Jardim do Castelo. Once again, we fell in love with the landscapes.

Before finishing the walking tour, Indira told us a legend related to the Great Earthquake of 1755. On that fateful day, the people from Cacilhas used the statue of Our Lady to ward off the wave that would engulf the village.

Then, we ended up in a nice esplanade!

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Exploring the other side of Tejo

On the last walking tour on the 20th of August, we explored with our students the riverside Lisbon. Our next school event will be in the other side of Tejo, more precisely in Cacilhas. The trip to the other side of Tejo will be on the 27th of August. Come on board to discover together the secrets of Cacilhas.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will guide us during this afternoon. It’s worth making the 10 minute journey from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas. As soon as we arrive there, we’ll have the great opportunity to contemplate the marvellous views to Lisbon. Moreover, we’ll learn about the History of Cacilhas and its role in the 19th century. It was in this time when the Industrial Revolution took place in Portugal. Cacilhas was the first Portuguese village to work with the steam machine.

Since Prehistory, the territory of Cacilhas and Almada were attractive for human occupation. The abundance of natural resources such as fish and shellfish favoured the establishment of the first human communities. Centuries after traders from the Mediterranean, specifically Phoenicians used Almada as a trading point.

During the Modern Age, Cais do Ginjal, located in Cacilhas was an important seaport. Through Tejo, Almada provided Lisbon with fresh fish and vegetables. Between 1967 and 2000, Lisnave, one of the largest European shipyards, worked in Cacilhas, employing thousands of workers. Its construction required a huge landfill and the installation of dry docks that transformed forever the local ecosystem.

After the historic contextualization of the place, we’ll go to one of the viewpoints in Cacilhas: Miradouro do Jardim do Castelo.

We’ll say goodbye to Cacilhas with a visit to a local bar.

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