Since Lisbon was home to numerous steep hills which were challenging to its citizens, the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Santa Justa Elevator; Lisbon’s only vertical lift for public service was built. While the lift was initially meant to connect the lower streets of the Baixa district with the higher Largo do Carmo in the Bairro Alto neighborhood to make it easier for Lisbon’s residents, today it is Lisbon’s most famous elevator, and is one of its top tourist attractions. The striking forty five metre neo-Gothic cast iron structure looms over Rua do Carmo and offers spectacular views of the Baixa district, the Tagus River as well as the rest of Lisbon. Tourists can either ride up the elevator, cross the bridge and exit into Bairro Alto, or they climb the spiral staircase to the upper terrace for incredible views.
€5,00, valid for 2 trips and includes access to the viewpoint
Lift Timetable: Rua do Ouro Winter (October - May): 7.00 am - 9.45 pm Summer (June - September) and Easter: 7.00 am - 10.45 pm Largo do Carmo Winter (October - May): 7.05 am - 9.50 pm Summer (June - September) and Easter: 7.05 am - 10.50 pm Viewpoint Time
Around 15 minutes
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The view from the top
While the Elevador de Santa Justa does not have prayer facilities for Muslim visitors, there are quite a few mosques and Islamic Centers in the city of Lisbon, namely the Central Mosque of Lisbon Mesquita Aicha Siddika de Odivelas, Mesquita Benformoso and Masjid Baitul Mukarram. Muslim tourists can therefore ask to be directed to the closest masjid when needed.
Muslim tourists will be able to find a Halal restaurant in the city of Lisbon without much of a problem due to is sizeable Muslim population. These dining establishments are known to serve a variety of cuisines ranging from traditional Portuguese to Indian, Turkish and Moroccan. Muslim tourists must however be aware that some of these outlets will only be partially Halal and some will serve alcohol.