Miradouros of Lisbon (viewpoints)

As Lisbon is built on seven different hills facing the Tagus river, it is the ideal location to enjoy some amazing views from above. To live this unique experience you will need to pay a visit to some of its Miradouros, the viewpoints of the city that are more often beautiful terraces where you can also have a drink or a snack and relax admiring this picturesque city. Of course to do so you will have to climp up a hill and be ready to sweat, if you are lucky there will be a tram taking you up there. A plus is that for most of the miradouros there is no entrance fee.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Probably the most famous Miradouro in the city, in Bairro Alto, with a lovely garden and an amazing view to the hill of Alfama and the castle. You can easily access it with elevador da Gloria which is actually a tram saving you from walking a steep uphill street.

img_5166img_5171

Miradouro de Santa Catarina

Also in Bairro Alto, facing Cristo Rio statue, the port and the 25 de Abril Bridge, very relaxed atmosphere and the perfect location to enjoy a beer, especially at sunset with the background music by street musicians. Elevador da Bica will take you up there without you having to sweat.

img_4821img_4829

Cristo Rei

This is not really included in the viewpoints of Lisbon as it is situated in Almada district, on the opposite side of the river but it does offer the visitor a panoramic view to the whole city and 25 de Abril bridge. To get there you need to take the ferry from Cais de Sodre to Cacilhas and then the local bus to the huge statue of Jesus Christ.

img_5123

St. George’s Castle Miradouro

To access this beautiful terrace you will need to pay the entrance fee to the castle which will cost you 8,5EUR but it is really worth it as you will be able to see almost the whole city from this terrace as well as from the battlements.

img_5263img_5286img_5280img_5344

Miradouro das Portas do Sol

This is my favourite viewpoint in the city, a cozy balcony with a kiosk where you can enjoy your coffee watching the view of the colourful buildings and orange rooftops of Alama as well as the St. Vincent Monastery and the National Pantheon. Easily accesible by tram 28 this is one of the most photographed city views.

img_5392img_5404

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

A romantic terrace with a breathtaking view of the castle and the city where young couples use to watch the sunset, unfortunately only accessible by walking.

img_5494

Other miradouros worth a visit are : Miradouro da Graça, Miradouro da Santa Luzia and Santa Justa Elevador.

Which one is your favourite viewpoint in Lisbon? Have you been to another city with several viewpoints?

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s