Lisbon – City of the seven hills
There is a reason why Lisbon is called the city of the seven hills which equates to a different view for every day of the week. As you cross this hilly town you will be able to take a break and enjoy the breathtaking views offered by the viewpoints that are referred as “Miradouros” in Portugal. Here we have collected the top 7 miradouros for you to check out.
1. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte-views from the top
Despite being the highest miradouro in Lisbon, Miradouro da senhora do Monte is one of the lesser known Miradouros in Lisbon. In this Miradouro you can see the entire city spread in front of you. From Sant Jorge Castle to the popular 25 point Abril Bridge looping across the river. This is also also the last stop at our Mouraria Free Walking Tour where we can see these amazing views.
2. Miradouro das portas do sol-best sunrise views
For magnificent views over Alfama you can visit the Miradouro das portas da sol. You can walk up from baixa or use the popular tram 28. Alfama is known to be one of the oldest disctricts in Lisbon so you can also admire the historical beauty of this place and the building that date back to many centuries ago. If you go during the sunrise you will be surprised by the peaceful atmosphere of this place. Here you can witness the authentic beauty of Lisbon.
3. Miradouro da Santa Catarina
Students chilling out,aspiring artists ,stroller-pushing parents and loved up couples all meet at this precious precipitous viewpoint in boho Santa Catarina really close to Bairro Alto. The views are fantastic ,stretching from the river to the ponte 25 de Abril and Cristo Rei.
4. St. George’s Castle-views from the castle
If you are visiting Lisbon, it is recommended to visit the “Castelo de São Jorge” .It dates back to 11th century when the Moors ruled Lisbon and the stronghold was the heart of their alcáçova (citadel). The most complete views of Lisbon can be seen at the walls of this castle where you can get 360 degrees of the city. So there you can admire the river, the bridge, the rooftops and the city’s squares.
Visit from 9am-9pm.
5. Elevador de Santa Justa
Once you hit the Rua da Santa Justa ,swing left for the neo-Gothic marvel made by the popular Raul Mésnier. It’s Lisbon’s only vertical street life. Even if it it’s usually really busy, If you go there early you will beat the crowd. However, the views and the night’s lights at night are really fascinating!
Tourist Trap: You can use your metro ticket to go up, otherwise you have to pay €5 which is really overrated!
Visit from 7am to 10:45pm
6. Miradouro da Graca
Miradouro da Graca is perfect to visit during the summer time as it is a good place to hang out with your friends. The official name of this spot is Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen who is a really popular poet that used to spend her time here writing poems. In her honor, you can find there is a plaque with a poem of her in it but it is written in portuguese. This terrace is sidling up to the baroque Igreja da Graca and has an incredible views of Lisbon. The most popular time to visit is during the sunset when you can also enjoy a nice drink and feel the Lisbon vibes.
7. Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Miradouro de Santa Luzia is a really romantic terrace by the church of Santa Luzia. It has a sweeping views over the houses, churches and the Tagus river. There is also a really good cafe there where you can enjoy a drink.
How to visit? Tram 28 or walk up from Baixa.
Have you been to any of the miradouros in Lisbon? Which one is your favorite?