Santa Justa Lift
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Ride Lisbon's Beautiful Elevator
Walking in Lisbon can be a hilly affair but you can ride in style on one of the city's classic elevators. The dramatic Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa) connects Lisbon's Baixa, the lower town, and Carmo Square, in the upper town. Yes, you will likely have to wait in line, but the crowded, bumpy ride, makes up for the discomfort in atmosphere and spectacular views.
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The Magic of Lisbon at Sunset
The Santa Justa Lift is a popular tourist attraction in Lisbon. Which, is why I decided to pass on my first trip to Lisbon. Recently, however, I was in Lisbon again and got an insider tip: you can actually go the back way (by an old church, ask a local and they'll know) up so you don't pay for the view, and it is quite majestic, especially when the sun is casting shadows on all of the red-roofed buildings and the Sao Jorge Castle near sunset. There is a cafe with live music when you go this back way, a perfect spot to recline at and finish off the view before returning to ground.
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