The historical lifts of Lisbon


Lisbon has typical means of transport that date back to the 19th century, such as elevators and funiculars that help us climb the city’s hills. Of the 9 lifts, 4 are still in use today and have been considered national monuments since 2002. Experience a unique feature of Lisbon and an inner-city means of transport of a special kind: lifts that connect the parts of the city located on different levels. 

Start with a ride in the Bica funicular, built in 1892, which connects the Ribeira Market neighborhood with the 16th century Bairro Alto, the center of the nightlife.

Afterward, cross Camões Square with its beautiful cobblestones and go to the Elevator of Santa Justa, a neogothic construction from 1902, with a terrace, which offers you a fantastic panoramic view of the city. 

Then visit the magnificent 16. century Jesuit church – Igreja de São Roque, decorated with tiles, with the holy chapel São João Baptista, a masterpiece of the baroque style, fully covered with gilded woodcarvings.

Behind the church is the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcantara in Bairro Alto, the upper town. Since Lisbon is the town of 7 hills, here you have a chance to see the northern districts. 

The funicular Gloria, the second oldest, inaugurated in 1885 is one that will take you to Restauradores square at the city center near the main square Rossio and at the beginning of the elegant Liberty Avenue. 

3 hour
Max. 6 People
Level 2 – Easy to Moderate
Rossio - In front of Theatre D. Maria II

Level 1 – Easy: Flat terrain without obstacles. Wheelchair accessible. Duration 2h

Level 2 – Easy to Moderate : Mainly flat terrain (about 70% flat), gentle climbs and descents. Some steps. Wheelchair accessible only with the help of a third party. Duration is around 2 to 3 hours.

Level 3 – Moderate: Terrain about 40 to 60% flat. Moderate climbs and descents. Steps. not wheelchair accessible. Duration 3 hours 

Level 4 – Demanding: Terrain about 20% to 40% flat. Some steep climbs and descends. Steps and uneven surfaces. Recommend for fit travelers. Duration between 3 to 5 hours.

Level 5 – Difficult: Rolling and often steep terrain, 10 to 20% flat terrain. Uneven surfaces. Recommended for travelers used to hiking tours in nature. 

Stufe 1 – Leicht: Flaches Gelände ohne Höhenunterschiede und Hindernisse. Geeignet für Rollstuhlfahrer. Dauer 2 Stunden.

Stufe 2 – Leicht bis moderat: Überwiegend flaches Gelände (70%) mit leichten Höhenunterschieden sowie einigen Stufen. Für Rollstuhlfahrer nur bedingt und mit einer Begleitperson geeignet. Dauer 2 – 3 Stunden. 

Stufe 3 – Moderat: Gelände (40-60% flach) mit moderaten Steigungen und Treppen. Nicht für Rollstuhlfahrer geeignet. Dauer 3 Stunden. 

Stufe 4 – Anspruchsvoll: Gelände mit Höhenunterschieden (20-40% flach). Auf – und Abstiege, Treppen und unbefestigte Wege. Eine gute Kondition und festes Schuhwerk sind erforderlich. Dauer 3 bis 5 Stunden. 

Stufe 5 – Schwierig: Gelände mit großen Höhenunterschieden (10-20% flach), steilen Auf – und Abstiegen auf unbefestigten Wegen und teils holprigen Boden. Geeignet für erfahrene Wanderer. 

Grau 1 – Fácil: O terreno é plano, sem desníveis e obstáculos. Adequado a cadeira de rodas. Duração 2h 

Grau 2 – Fácil a moderado: O terreno com ligeiras inclinações (subidas e descidas) mas 70% plano. Alguns degraus Duração 2h a 3h. Possível utilização de cadeira de rodas, desde que acompanhado. 

Grau 3 – Moderado: Terreno com inclinações (subidas e descidas), 40 a 60% plano. Degraus. Não adequado a cadeiras de rodas. Duração 3h. 

Grau 4 – Exigente: Terreno com inclinações (subidas e descidas), 20 a 40% plano. Degraus e terreno acidentado. Recomendado a pessoas em bom estado físico. Duração de 3h a 5h. 

Grau 5 – Difícil: Terreno com grandes desníveis (subidas e descidas), chão acidentado, 10 a 20% plano. Recomendado a pessoas com experiência de caminhada em natureza

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