Aqueduto das Aguas Livres
Aqueduto das Aguas Livres
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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About
Built between 1731 and 1799, the Águas Livres Aqueduct was a vast system of collection and transportation of water, through gravity, which comprises a total of 58 kilometers of existing pipelines between the springs, located 15 kilometers to the northwest of Lisbon and the water standposts in the capital. In its path, the crossing of the Alcantara valley, stands out along its 941 meters long and with arches that reach the 65 meters of height. The route is open to visitors between Campolide and the Parque Florestal de Monsanto. It has been classified as a National Monument since 1910.
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  • Eva T
    United Kingdom1,401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last of its kind built in the world
    We put visit of the Aqueduct on our list to see. First time we saw it from taxi and it was impressive so we were looking forward to see it in situ. We took bus 758 and the driver told us when to go out. Then we walked about 10 minutes. At the entry to the aqueduct is written that there is also Museum of water but it is not - I wonder if aqueduct is a part of this museum. The entry fee is Eur 2 per person (I don't remember if we paid as seniors or that's standard fee for adults). At the beginning are several information panels about the history which was really interesting to read, especially as it survived earthquake in 1755. I did walk about 100 metres and then returned back and sit on the bench in the garden as I had problem with my knee but my husband continued walking. After he came back he said that in about 100 metres beyond the bend the walk finish due to some conservation work. But he was able to see inside where the water was running to the town. So if you expect to see something spectacular you would be probably disappointed. It's more about the architecture, structure of the aqueduct and its history. We found it interesting.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Meowy
    Montgomery, Alabama562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Site
    I entered and walked the aqueduct on a Friday and was told it was free that day. Not sure if it was a special day or not but free is good. The walk shows off some of the amazing architecture of the aqueduct and also great views over both sides of the city. You get to see the interior of the aqueduct and how water would flow threw it. It was one of the absolute highlights of Lisbon yet only about 4 other people were there the entire time I was. Still off the beaten path but a must see. Not the fault of the site but GPS took me over an hour to walk there from my hotel (it took 14 minutes to walk back without it). I talked to another group there and they said the same thing. Be sure to map out your path before hand as it seems GPS isn't reliable in getting you there. Once you are there it is more than worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Calgary_Can_Travel
    202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to find but worth the visit
    Even with Google it was tough sledding. The streets of most Portagese towns are on hills and follow the draws and gullies so miss a turn and you will end up somewhere elae. Once there, good info at entrance on history, etc and the views are awesome. Only $4 E so not expensive and a once in a lifetime experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 23, 2023
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Capnhairdo
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The aqueduct itself is amazing. Hard to believe that this marvel of engineering withstood the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 that devastated so much else of the city. Also astounding to see how little water this massive structure actually carried!

As for visiting it...we were a bit disappointed to discover that, contrary to what the website suggests, there is no water museum here; that's apparently on the other side of the city. And the 4€ admission price (not 3€ as stated on the site) basically just allows you to walk halfway across the thing, pass through it, then turn around and come back. It does not include admission to the museum. Consider saving your money and just admiring it from below.
Written April 20, 2022
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Calgary_Can_Travel
Calgary, Alberta Canada202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Even with Google it was tough sledding. The streets of most Portagese towns are on hills and follow the draws and gullies so miss a turn and you will end up somewhere elae. Once there, good info at entrance on history, etc and the views are awesome. Only $4 E so not expensive and a once in a lifetime experience.
Written November 23, 2023
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alejestem
Madrid, Spain257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Each time I go to Lisbon, I drive by/near/under/around these amazing arches, so, on this trip, I decided to go and find out what the hell they were, when they were built and photograph the hell out of them. (This was not as easy as it seemed).

I was a bit lazy the day I went, so I took a taxi, and the taxi driver asked me a revealing question: do you want to be on the aqueduct or do you want to look at the aqueduct? I thought it would be one and the same... but no, you don't get the same views when you are walking along the aqueduct.... but anyway.

You pay €3 to get into what is known as the "Water Museum", although to be honest, people could easily just wander in off the street and not bother going near the reception area and start walking the Aqueduct. For free. But don't blame me if you get caught. If you pay €5, you can get a two-in-one ticket for the Mae d'Aguas museum in the Amoreira neighbourhood also. But I didn't think of that at the time.

You walk along for a few minutes and the main attraction at first is the view of the local neighbourhood. Not the most salubrious one, but it is still charming. You come to a little doorway and when you come out the other side you are on a different leg of the aqueduct and you can now see the arches of the part you have just crossed. That is really all there is to see...

Except for people's backyards, balconies, rooftop terraces, airplanes flying quite low overhead and generally, Lisbon life unfolding below you.

It is sobering to think that this structure actually survived the 1755 earthquake, which practically razed Lisbon to the ground. The gothic style arches are impressive and it's a good idea to find the steps leading down from one of the local streets and take pictures. I went at midday, so the lighting wasn't ideal. They must look really impressive at sunset.
Written May 16, 2018
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Y S
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We took the bus 711 from town-center (Praça do Mercado) to Armoreira and from there walked about 5-10 minutes to the entrance.
Compared to the crowds at the other sites this was pretty much deserted, just a handful fellow tourists. So it's a leisurely stroll across the aqueduct and then back. You have a view of Lisbon in the distance. We enjoyed it a lot and marveled at all the planes every couple minutes directly overhead.
The structure itself is impressive, what we enjoyed most however was the atmosphere of peace and quiet infused with history.
Written September 8, 2019
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VANDIES
Enfield, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
After driving under this aqueduct hundreds of times, we decided to actually find out how to visit it. We parked at Calçada da Quintinha 6, Campolide. The entry looks like a walled garden that you enter and then there is a little ticket booth on the right. It cost €3 for an adult and kids up to 12 are free. Then you walk about 1km to the other side of the aqueduct! There is a walkway on both sides of the aqueduct, and you can swap to the opposite side at only 1 point....less than halfway along. At that point you can see the inner part of the aqueduct. When you get to the end you cannot leave, you have to return and walk back. The views were great and a fun experience.
Written October 11, 2016
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AgileDude
Seattle, WA845 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
I've seen it but never been on it. My wife and I went to check it out as the webpages said they are open, as did the hotel - but alas, they are only open from 1 March to 30 November. If you go, enjoy. Just don't go in Dec/Jan/Feb like we did.
Written January 28, 2015
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travelisourhobby
Cape Town Central, South Africa346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
One of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km. Amazing to visit not only for the architectural lines but also the construction of the high base in relation to the surrounding streets. I honestly never thought I would find it interesting and yet it was absolutely fascinating and the perfect end to my day's sightseeing. My husband is an Engineer and he was totally blown away. The Cisterna room has the feel of an old dance hall and one would expect fairies to start dancing on top of the water - really cannot explain the feeling you get in there - it's really quite majestic. The Arca d'Agua is 7 meters deep and has a capacity of about 5 500 m3.
Walking across the staircase to the terrace is rather eerie as you pass where Diogo Alves, a Spanish serial killer and robber who was suspected of killing over 70 people. He would rob his victims and then throw them off the Aqueduct after robbing them. Beauty, fairies and a murder - What more could you ask for ?
Written July 1, 2014
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Adam B
Manchester, UK206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Impressive architecture - hard to believe it is C18 - looks like it was built in C20. Great views. Take about 30 minutes to walk out across the bride and back. Afterwards followed the track of the water to the Reservatório da Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras which is also impressive from the outside but didn't go in as we arrived at 12.30.
Written September 12, 2019
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Rashid Isa Rishi AlHeddi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I visited this historic yAquaduct built in the city of lisbon in 18 th Century. Said to be 18 kms long to bring water to Lisbon built by King John V. The project was paid for by special sales taxes imposed on wine, Olive Oil, beef and other products. It has arches about 65 m in height across the Alcantra valley. I walked across it on the pathway from a garden to the other end where there is a beautiful garden however the access Gates to the Garden were locked from the Aquaduct . So you have to walk back to Musea de Aqua the entrance where there is a small garden- fantastic views of the locality and the super highway and bridge etc.
In the middle there is a cross over from one path to other side path and in the middle you can see how the water was transported!!
Quite a hectic walk with windy conditions.
The Guards at the gate selling entrance tickets are v welcoming and you can purchase souvenirs there, and use the Toilets. You can drink water at the Fresh water fountain too .
Takes about one hour to see the place fully, walk from one end to another and come back.
Amazing sights and good photography spot.!
Written March 31, 2019
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Helen F
68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
...so we didn't get to see the views from the top, but the overall structure is still impressive. Trip Advisor and Google both listed it as open on Mondays, but as it is part of the museum, which is closed on Mondays, there was no access to the top.
Written October 10, 2017
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