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Cais do Sodré
The Cais do Sodré is an old neighborhood in a central riverside area of Lisbon, recently restructured with an avenue that connects to Terreiro do Paço. Situated in front of the Tagus River, the Cais do Sodré is one of the main transport connection points to Greater Lisbon, with the train station connecting to the Estoril and Cascais line, the Cais do Fluvial pier Sodré with fluvial connection to Almada at the Cacilhas wharf, an option for a quick trip to visit the Sanctuary of Cristo Rei in Almada and, enjoy a panoramic view over the city of Lisbon, fluvial connection to Barreiro and Seixal; Metropolitano station with connection to the whole city of Lisbon. The Cais do Sodré is a 15-minute walk from Bairro Alto, and a 9-minute walk to Terreiro do Paço, strolling along Avenida Ribeira das Naus, a pedestrian area along the river, very sought after by tourists due to the terraces and peaceful environment. Cais do Sodré is one of the most popular places in the city for nightlife, especially due to the Rua Cor-de-Rosa: officially designated as Rua Nova do Carvalho, restructured in 2013 with the objective of rehabilitating the area of restaurants and bars in Cais do Sodré. Rua Cor-de-Rosa has restaurants with terraces, some of the most famous and old bars and clubs in Lisbon, namely Tokyo, Liverpool and [< ]Jamaica.
O Cais do Sodré é administrado pela Junta de Freguesia de Santa Maria Maior.
Attractions to visit in Cais do Sodré (top 10)
- Mercado da Ribeira: is one of the old markets in the city of Lisbon, having been remodeled to house a restaurant and bars. It is a very pleasant space with dozens of restaurants ideal for enjoying quick Cheff meals at costs below 15 €. Mercado da Ribeira is a place to socialize, with wine and cocktail bars, pastries and local products where we find more than forty restaurants and a traditional market selling fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. The Mercado da Ribeira was opened in 1882 under the guidance of Frederico Ressano Garcia, having been established in partnership with the magazine Time Out in 2010 and the market was reopened in 2014 with the Time Out Market, organized on two floors. The Ground floor with more than forty restaurants and a central area where you can sit and taste the Portuguese cuisine of several restaurants, namely “O Café de São Bento”, “A Croqueteria”, “O Santini ”,“ A Manteigaria Silva ”or“ A Garrafeira Nacional ”. In another section of the ground floor there is a traditional market for the sale of vegetables, fruits and fish. On the 1st floor we find a cultural space with an exhibition center, multimedia.
- Igreja de São Paulo: is a church dedicated to the Apostle São Paulo which is close to Mercado da Ribeira. The Igreja de São Paulo stands out due to the presence of two towers with clocks and bells, for the medallion representing “The Conversion of São Paulo” and for the stucco painting authored by João Grossi. The Church of São Paulo was inaugurated in 1768 under the guidance of Remígio Abreu.
- Cais do Sodré Station: is one of the most important stations in the city of Lisbon, with a rail link between Cascais and Lisbon, and other means of transport, namely the metro, the bus, the boat and the tram. The station is located at Cais do Sodré, close to Avenida 24 de Julho, Bairro Alto and Praça do Comércio, being a place of constant movement of people and vehicles, with a privileged view over the Tagus River, several places of restaurants and nightlife nearby. The station was opened in 1895.
- Jardim Dom Luís: is a very busy small garden due to its proximity to Mercado da Ribeira and the Cais do Sodré Train Station. The garden, spread over approximately 0.40 hectares, features as main highlights the statue in honor of Marquês Sá da Bandeira and a place where you can enjoy the splendid red kiosk that is in the center of Jardim Dom Luís, observe the Tagus River, take children to play in the small playground. Here we also find access to the elevator of the underground parking lot at Mercado da Ribeira.
- Chafariz da Praça de São Paulo: is a 19th century fountain located in Praça de São Paulo in front of the São Paulo Church, standing out for its imposing dimension, for the existence of three steps round with access to the four spouts and the obelisk, opened in 1849 with a project by Dom Miguel Ângelo Blasco.
- Igreja do Corpo Santo: is an 18th century church located in Largo do Corpo Santo near Cais do Sodré. The Igreja do Corpo Santo was inaugurated in 1770 with the objective of being the religious temple of the Irish community of Lisbon, presenting as points of interest the Chapel of the Lord Jesus of the Afflicted with an image of Santa Filomena; the images of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, São Martinho de Dume and São Domingos de Gusmão; and the Statue of Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland.
- Restaurante Pap’Açorda: is one of the best known restaurants in Lisbon since its founding in 1981 in Bairro Alto by Fernando Fernandes and José Miranda. The Restaurante Pap’Açorda was opened at a time of change and openness in Lisbon society, especially visible in Bairro Alto, where the Frágil bar, a “gay friendly” bar and nightclub, an icon of Lisbon nightlife, also appeared. . The restaurant is currently located at Mercado da Ribeira, continuing to be a pole of attraction for locals and tourists due to the excellent service and quality of the cuisine, namely the Fish Soup à Pap’Açorda [, ] the Codfish à Lagareiro, the Goat Rice in the Oven or the Pap’Açorda Chocolate Mousse.
- Kiosks in Praça de São Paulo: are kiosks where you can drink juices, coffees or alcoholic beverages, and get some rest. The kiosks at Kiosks at Praça de São Paulo were opened in 2013 with the aim of transforming the square into a place full of life, people and reproducing the atmosphere of the 19th century that existed in the city of Lisbon.
- Almada Negreiros Reminiscence Monument: it is a monument promoted by the Lisbon City Council, by Catarina and Rita Almada Negreiros in dedication to the birth of Almada Negreiros (1893-1970). The Reminiscência de Almada Negreiros Monument is located in the pedestrian area of Avenida Ribeira das Naus, which connects the Cais do Sodré Train Station and Praça do Comércio.
- Statue of the Duke of Terceira: is a monument dedicated to the 44th anniversary of the victory of the Duke of Terceira in Lisbon in the context of the Civil War of 1828-34, built by the sculptor José Simões de Almeida and António Gaspar and inaugurated in 1877.
Other Attractions to Explore at Cais do Sodré
- Cais do Sodré Clock: is the first public clock in Portugal since its inauguration in 1914, having been placed at Cais do Sodré with the aim of assisting the organization in the entry and exit of ships from the Port of Lisbon.
- Casa dos Bordados da Madeira: is a commercial establishment of traditional Madeira embroidery, Azorean embroidery, regional costumes and authentic regional ceramics, opened in 1965
Main Streets and Squares of Cais de Sodré
- Avenida 24 de Julho: is one of the main avenues in the riverside area of Lisbon, one of the main coastal arteries of the city known for its office buildings and nightlife. The Avenida 24 de Julho connects Avenida da Índia to Avenida Ribeira das Naus, with a constant and intense traffic of people, vehicles, trams and buses from dawn until dusk. The avenue has wide roads, rails for trams, bike lanes where it is possible to run and cycle safely and numerous tourist establishments and attractions, namely the EDP – Energias de Portugal Building, the Dom Luís Garden, the Ribeira Market, the Cais do Sodré Train Station or nightlife clubs. The avenue is named after Avenida 24 de Julho in honor of the battle that took place on July 24, 1833 in this same place.
- Avenida Ribeira das Naus: is a coastal avenue with gardens, terraces, an artificial riverside beach and a very wide promenade dedicated to the pedestrian crossing and cycle path, protected from the road by safety pins. The Avenida Ribeira das Naus is a privileged place to enjoy the breeze of the Tagus River, to observe the beauty of the river and the light of the Lisbon sky reflecting in the Tagus waters, being a space used as unique relaxation space in the city. Avenida Ribeira das Naus includes some attractions, namely the sculptures made by hand and displayed next to the steps by the river, walking bars of Portuguese wine, ginjinha, cocktails or dogs, the gardens located between the Tagus River and the building pink color of the Portuguese Navy, and terraces where we can watch the sunset. Ribeira das Naus was the place of departure of ships during the Reign of Dom Manuel I in the 16th century, having been rehabilitated with a project by João Nunes and João Gomes da Silva in 2015.
- Praça Duque da Terceira: is one of the main road crossing areas in the city of Lisbon, allowing access to Bairro Alto and Chiado through Rua do Alecrim, to the Estação do Comboios do Cais do Sodré, Avenida 24 de Julho and Rua Nova do Carvalho. The Praça Duque da Terceira is inserted in a roundabout built with the objective of facilitating traffic in this area of the city, having this name due to the presence of the Statue of the Duke of Terceira.
- Largo do Corpo Santo: is a road crossing and pedestrian zone with a connection between Rua do Arsenal and Avenida da Ribeira das Naus, presenting several attractions, namely the Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel or the Igreja de Corpo Santo.
- Cervejaria Portugália
- Clube Naval de Lisboa
- Ibo Marisqueira
- Harlem Restaurant Bar
- Loja das Conservas
- Pensão Amor
- Praça Duque da Terceira
- Praça Dom Luís
- Sal Concept Store
- Escola Profissional de Imagem
- ISCAD: Instituto Superior de Ciências da Administração
- Lusa Language School – Lisbon Portuguese School
- Hall Chiado: not a hotel
- LX Boutique Hotel: The Lisbon Experience
- 262 Boutique Hotel
- Sunset Destination Hostel
Transport and Access
- Aerobus do Cais do Sodré is a transfer that takes you from Lisbon Airport to the city center with stops next to the main hotels. It is a personalized transport service, made up of dedicated staff, with free Wi-Fi and USB chargers. The Aerobus service operates daily between 7:30 am and 11:00 pm at the following locations:
- Cais do Sodré Train Station
- Cais do Sodré Metropolitan Station
- Cais do Sodré River Station