Tour Locations | Lisbon and the Tagus River

  • LOCATION 18 | Lisbon and the Tagus River

    Cais das Colunas

    Can you see the two columns? This is the “Cais das Colunas,” the pier of the columns. Stop here or go over and have a closer look while I tell you more about them.

    You might also see orange boats called “cacilheiros” crossing the Tagus river. These boats are used by people who live on the other margin of the Tagus to commute to Lisbon. After the tour, I'd recommend boarding one of these boats to photograph the city from the river.

    In times when many of Lisbon's visitors arrived by boat, these columns and the adjacent marble stairs were the entry point used by foreign dignitaries.

    It was here that queen Elizabeth II arrived in Lisbon in 1957. She had quarrelled with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The duke left England and traveled alone for four months, and there were rumors that the royal couple was going to separate. So when the duke arrived in Lisbon, the queen decided to come and meet him. They sailed the Tagus river and toured the city. Then, they went back to England and lived happily ever after.

    Well, enough royal gossip, let’s continue. Make your way back up to the road we just crossed. Then, with the square on your right, walk alongside the Tagus river.

    The yellow building close to the river on the north end of Terreiro do Paço was the location of the royal palace that was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.

    I'm going to leave you to walk in silence for a bit now. I'll be back a little further along the river.

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