From Cais do Sodre I boarded the boat to Cacilhas. There is one boat every 20 minutes and the trip takes 15 minutes. The return ticket costs 2.80€, and I think the viva viagem day card can be used. From the port I took bus number 101, return ticket 1.90€, that left me to the entrance of the area where the Statue is located. Unfortunately the bus leaves every 30 minutes, and to go to the statue on foot is not advisable. The elevator to the top costs 4€, and the Statue is really great. Certainly the view from the top is breathtaking, and -from what I saw-Setubal district is amazing. I wish I had made plans to stay more to this place, because I would have liked to wander around on foot, by bus or by tram. The harbour is pathetic, but just around any corner I could see the beginnings of a beautiful city. While being up on the Statue's feet I noticed the lights that were there – to be switched on at night. So I returned to Cais do Sodre at night and saw this magnificent Statue shining. I went there on Saturday, it was slightly crowded; I suppose things must be worse Sundays.
Advice: don’t be late leaving the boat, because if you are one minute late and miss the bus, you will have to wait an entire half hour, which is what happened to me. In general a good planning is necessary. The lift takes some time to get you to the ground floor, (it cannot be used only by one person, it must be almost full) and while on the ground you will need to run to the bus –it is there, you see it, but you must go the bus stop as well; and be on time.
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