LISBON: Waterfront

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Lisbon is situated on the northern banks of the Tagus River, the longest river (626 miles) on the Iberian Peninsula. The river has impacts on the city from end to end.

The river’s mouth is a large estuary near the city, supplying Lisbon with a fine natural harbor.

For about a mile along the Tagus, you can take a 100-foot-high cable car line, which ends at the city’s Nations Park. Riders are warned in writing: “The use of the Telecabine is forbidden to persons who are notoriously drunk or appear to have psychic anomaly.”

The city’s oceanarium, built for a World Trade Fair in 1998, is in the park on the river’s edge, and that’s it at top left, coming into view from the cable car.

Greeted by an ambassador of the oceanarium.

Some other of the 450 species of oceanarium residents.

The river is for recreation, too, and little harbors can be found all along the river’s edge.

The Tagus is about 1.2 miles wide at the Bridge of the 25th of April, named after the nearly non-violent revolution of 1974 that swept an authoritarian regime out of power.

The Statue of Christ the King can be seen on the skyline in neighboring Almada across the river.


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