The south bank of the river Tejo was linked to Lisbon only by ferry until 1966, when the “Salazar Bridge” was built. Renamed the Ponte 25 de Abril after the 1974 Revolution, this huge suspension bridge opened up the south bank to the encroaching city. Cacilhas is the port you’ll arrive at if you come by ferry, while Caparica is the main resort along the superb Costa da Caparica, which stretches for some 20km to the south.
The most enjoyable way to approach the southern bank of the Rio Tejo is to take the ferry from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré to CACILHAS. The blustery ride grants wonderful views of the city, as well as of the Ponte 25 de Abril, though it’s the line of seafood restaurants along the riverfront that attracts most Lisboetas to make the crossing. The moderately priced riverside Cervejaria Farol is a good bet, though if you head towards the bridge along the Cais do Ginjal you’ll find plenty of others with great Lisbon outlooks.