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Looking for a magical trip to Lisbon? Do you want some unique experiences during your stay? Then you can’t miss Lisbon’s many viewpoints, where you can have an absolutely breathtaking view of the city. Lisbon’s viewpoints are a definite must.
Lisbon is a friendly, cozy city, neither too small nor too big. Thanks to its steep streets, you can gain access to the highest points of the city and have amazing views.
Here you have a selection of the 10 best Lisbon viewpoints to enjoy the city from above.
1-. Porta do Sol
Porta do Sol honors one of the seven gates from the old Arabic city. It’s often frequented by tourists due to its easy-to-find location in the Alfama neighborhood; just in front of the tram stop.
With views worthy of a postcard, the view is full of pastel colored houses typical of Alfama and the Tajo river. Morning is the best time to go there, as there are far fewer tourists at that time.
How to arrive: 28E Tram
2-. Castelho do Saô Jorge
Castelo do Sâo Jorge towers over the steep, narrow, disorganized streets of the highest hill in Lisbon. Once you are inside, we recommend exploring: the eleven different towers that the castle is composed of, the weapon patio and the cells.
You can’t miss the outstanding 360º panoramic Lisbon view from Ulisses Tower and the multimedia show projected in the old palace ruins. It’s also worth walking through the castle’s gardens surrounded by ducks and turkeys. In summer, music and theatre festivals take place frequently.
The entrance costs 8.50€ but, if you have the Lisbon card then it’s 7.50€.
How to arrive: 28 and 12 Tram
3-. Miradouro da Graça
Also located on the highest hill in Lisbon. You can get there on foot (get ready) or go by tram 28, with several different stops in the surrounding area.
Together with the Santa Catalina viewpoint, Miradouro da Graça (also known as Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen) is the most frequented by young people, but it has a quieter atmosphere and lots of space to take a seat and relax. If you fancy it, you can have a coffee or a drink while you enjoy the views.
If your plan is to take an amazing picture, this is the right place. Here you will have an incredible view of the whole city. The perfect time of day is early in the morning, but if you are not able to go, it’s better to wait until the evening for the perfect light.
How to arrive: Tram 28
4-. Rocha do Conde de Óbidos
A nice place not usually frequented by tourists. Surrounded by green areas to chill or go for a walk that contrast with the large number of buildings around it (like the National Museum of Ancient Art MNAA).
At Rocha do Condo de Óbidos viewpoint you will have an amazing panoramic view of the harbor and Tajo river. This is the perfect place to take a breathtaking sunset picture.
It also has a small bar where you can have a drink, coffee or even some “tapas”.
How to arrive: 15E tram and buses number 713, 714, 727, 728, 732 and 738.
5-. Santa Catarina’s viewpoint
This is the most crowded viewpoint in Lisbon. It’s located between Barrio Alto and Santa Catarina, close to Elevador da Bica with impressive harbor views. This time, the view has no colored buildings or churches.
The symbol of Santa Catarina’s viewpoint is the Adasmastor statue, a mythological giant used by the Portuguese poet Luís de Camôes in Os Lusíadas.
Once you arrive, you will see a mixture of different atmospheres; students, locals and tourists relaxing, chatting, having a beer or playing some music.
The best moment to visit Santa Catarina is at sunset. Relax and enjoy the views.
How to arrive: Bica elevator and go down through Rua Marechal Saldanha. Just the walk from the elevator to the viewpoint is worth it.
How to arrive: Metro Baixa-Chiado or Tram 28
6-. Santa Luzia
Santa Luzia is the most famous viewpoint of Alfama. It has a decadent look, like all of Lisbon, but it has an incredible view of the little white houses of Alfama and the Tajo river.
It is full of bougainvillea and broken tiles. You can have a break on one of its nicely decorated benches and enjoy the panoramic Lisbon views. On the first level, you will find a small terrace with a bar to have a drink and relax.
Like in Santa Caterina’s viewpoint, it’s quite usual to find some street artists and musicians. Santa Luzia viewpoint is in an area frequented by tourists heading to Castelho do Sâo Jorge.
How to arrive: 28 Tram
7-.Miradouro del Panteâo Nacional
Panteâo Nacional has a long history of reconstructions. In fact, it was rebuilt 290 years ago, and it was not finished until 1996. It’s said that this construction is inspired by San Pedro church in Rome.
Besides its history, this mausoleum has an impressive 360º view of the whole of Lisbon. It is located, as are most of the viewpoints in the city, in Alfama.
If you are thinking about going on Tuesday or Saturday, you are in luck, you will also enjoy the street market, which takes place nearby. The entrance costs 4€ for adults and it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10pm to 5pm.
How to arrive: Tram 28 and Santa Apolonia metro station
8-. Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Located in the highest part of Barrio Alto, from this viewpoint you will have an amazing view of the whole of Lisbon and enjoy the newest part of the city. Miradouro de Sâo Pedro de Alcantara is the most visited viewpoint in Lisbon, as the locals use it as a meeting point.
Its characteristic feature is the big tile board, which shows all the monuments you can see from there. This viewpoint is also surrounded by a wonderful garden with a calm atmosphere that contrast with all the noise and the people of Barrio Alto.
The best time to go there is in the evening, when the special light of the sunset overwhelms the city. Afterwards walk to Barrio Alto to have dinner in one of its famous restaurants.
How to arrive: Take the Elevador da Gloria from Praça dos Restauradores
9-. Elevador de Santa Justa
Santa Justa elevator (also known as Elevador do Carmo), 45 meters high, connects la Baixa with Chiado neighborhood. It’s a must on your Lisbon trip.
From the highest point on a huge terrace, you’ve got a unique river view, the whole of the Baixa neighborhood, Praça do Comerçio and Castelho do Sâo Jorge.
Of all the elevators in Lisbon (Elevador da Glòria, Elevador da Bica and Elevador de Lavra) this is the only one that is really vertical, as the other ones are more like cable cars.
Its structure and materials recall French constructions like The Eiffel Tower, as it was built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who followed the French architect in charge of the Parisian tower.
We recommend going in the evening to really enjoy the sunset from up high, but it’s quite normal to find a long queue.
How to arrive: Baixa-Chiado metro
10-. Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte
It’s the highest viewpoint in Lisbon, located in San Gens hill. Even though you have to get up the hill, the impressive views of the whole city once you arrive at the top, are really worth it.
Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte is not usually frequented by tourists. The reason is simple; once you arrive by tram to Graça, you have to walk for a while up quite a steep street, and not everybody wants to do that.
The surroundings are full of pine trees, which provide comfortable shade to relax in for a while or take amazing pictures. You can also find Nossa Senhora do Monte chapel, also worth visiting. Traditionally, pregnant women go there to ask for protection during labor.
How to arrive: 28 Tram
These are our recommendation of the 10 Lisbon viewpoints for a breathtaking experience. Have you already visited any of them? Are you planning to go to any? Leave a comment and tell us!