Lisbon’s 25 de Abril Bridge to feature tourist lift

Visitors to Portugal’s capital city will have a new attraction to add to their list of things to do while visiting Lisbon. The 25 de Abril Bridge is to feature a lift that will take sightseers to the main deck, giving them a stunning view over Lisbon and the Tagus river.

The news was confirmed by Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP), the infrastructure authority, writes Público newspaper.

The project is still at an “early stage” as investors are needed to help take it forward.

Plans are to have the lift up and running by 2016 in time to celebrate the bridge’s 50th anniversary.

The idea is to create a visitor centre in which the lift would be the main attraction.

The centre would be built near the Alcântara pillar of the bridge and feature exhibitions relating to the bridge’s history. The lift experience would also start there.

Público says the project has already been approved by the Direção-Geral do Património Cultural (DGPC), the entity in charge of cultural heritage.

The 25 de Abril Bridge, extending over 2km, connects the north bank of the Tagus river (Lisbon) to the south (Almada).

It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and named after Portuguese dictator António Salazar, being renamed the 25 de Abril Bridge following the Carnation Revolution.

Last year, it was named “the most beautiful bridge in Europe” by Brussels-based travel organisation European Best Destinations.