Couple (at least) questions:
To get to Cristo Rei, I know I have to take the boat from Cais do Sodre, then a bus. I know where to catch the bus after taking the cacilhas (spelling correct?). However, what I'm not sure of is where the bus takes me. Does it go directly to Cristo Rei, where I can take the elevator to the pedastal at the feet? I've seen pictures of a big, tall elevator near the water and I'm confused as to how this ties into the statue, and whether that's the one to the feet or something else.
Also, probably a dumb question: Can I assume I can take each elevador up as well as down? Also, they're pretty short, with no stopping in between, right, or if I see something I like, can I get off? Of course, in that case I realize I may have to walk the rest of the way!
Are they done fixing/restoring the Lavra elevador? Carris' website says they were to be working through April on it, but haven't updated their site (or at least the English translation) to reflect whether it's running now or still down.
I want to see Carmo Convent, plus the viewpoint, but am a little confused as to where everything is. I think there is a walkway from the Santa Justa elevador there, but I'll be in Lisbon on a busy August weekend and am expecting the elevador line to be extremely long, so I don't want to have to rely on it. If I look at a map and find Carmo Square and the convent, will I be able to figure out where I need to go for a good viewpoint?
I will be in Lisbon on Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption. Some public transportation I assume will be running on less frequent schedules, right? Is the 15th considered a major holiday or just a religious one? I'm wondering what will be closed, open or running different hours, etc.
I plan to buy the Carris 24 hour ticket.
Oh, almost forgot: Can you go up in the Torre de Vasco de Gama? Is there a charge? Can you just go up and take in the view, or do you need to go to a restaurant or something? I'm familiar with the Teleferico, but can't really figure out if the Torre itself is something to explore.
Obrigada and thanks for any help anyone can give me!Edited: 21 May 2014, 16:03