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Useful things to know about Almada
- Almada comes from the Arabic word "al-Ma'dan" and translates as 'mine'.
- The symbol of the municipality of Almada is a replica of the Christ Redeemer, which was inspired by the statue in Brazil.
- A human presence in the Almada area can be dated back to the Neolithic period which is approximately 5,000 years ago.
- Almada itself is twinned with Regla in Cuba.
- Almada city won the 2010 European Mobility Week Award for its initiatives to promote cleaner transport.
Almada Mini Guide
Almada in a Nutshell
Almada is a town and region on the coast of Portugal, to the south of the River Targus and the city of Lisbon.
If you are already in Portugal, you can get to Almada by Rede Expressos bus services or by train with Comboios de Portugal. From Lisbon
, you have numerous options, including taking a ferry or using the light rail service. If you have travelled from Europe or further afield, you will probably find yourself at Lisbon Portela Airport – flights arrive there from destinations worldwide. You can take the Carris bus service into Lisbon and then use the metro to get around or drive a hire car, it’s just an 11km drive across the 25 de Abril Bridge.
What Should I see?
Almada’s beachfront is 13km long and popular with Lisbon residents as well as tourists. There you will find sandy beaches lined with acacia and eucalyptus trees and colourful fishing boats. You can try the local catch at one of the fish restaurants along the promenade. See the replica statue of Christ the Redeemer, inspired by the similar statue in Rio de Janerio
and is a symbol of the region. This area is also part of the Caparicas Coast and has protected areas such as the Fossil Cliffs and Medos Woods. Take a ferry from Cacilhas to Lisbon and explore this fascinating city. The city hosts an annual Theatre Festival where dozens of performances are put on at various indoor and outdoor locations around the city.
Just 5km Away…
The centre of Lisbon and many of its attractions are within 5km of Almada. You can visit the Belem Tower, a fortress built between 1515-1519 to protect the city from coastal intruders. Nearby you can see the Monument of Discoveries, a monument built in 1940 to celebrate the age of discovery in the city and all its explorers. Also nearby, is the Jeronimos Monastery, a building of late gothic style that now houses the Maritime Museum and the National Archaeological Museum. Next door, you will find the Belem Cultural Centre, it holds exhibits and is a venue and also has its own Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. A must do, is to discover the old town or Bairro Alto - by day a bustling residential area, by night it is a maze of restaurants and bars and very popular for nightlife in the city.
Where can I Stay?
The Almada Business Hotel is in the centre of Almada and close to the beaches. It has it’s own restaurant serving international cuisine and has a large wine list. The hotel is easily accessible to the local transport systems and for travelling into central Lisbon.
Latest Update from Almada:
- One of the best free things to do in Almada is to climb to the top of the castle and see the stunning view down over Lisbon. Nowhere else will you get a view of the city like this and it's a popular place for a picnic. At night, the scene is magical with the lights of the city twinkling in the distance.
- If you like to do some exercise on holiday and are a runner, try visiting Almada around the 28th April for it's then that the town hosts its annual half-marathon at 10:30am. If you don't fancy running that far there's also a 9.5km race as well.