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Viewpoints of Lisbon
Lisbon is spread over 7 hills and this provides visitors many great opportunities to view the city from high vantage points. This guide details the best panoramic viewpoints to view Lisbon.
The Praça Alegria Viewpoint
The Praça Alegria View Point is to the west of the historic centre of Lisbon and provides views over Baixa and down district leading towards the Rio Tejo. The Praça Alegria View Point is on the opposite hill to Castelo de Sao Jorge and this view point provides a good photo opportunity of the castles battlements. Praça Alegria is a split level plaza, with the upper level under the shade of trees while the lower has carefully maintained gardens. The Praça Alegria View Point is reached from Praça dos Restauradores by the traditional Funicular Gloria.
The view from the Praça Alegria Lisbon
Castelo de Sao Jorge Viewpoint
The castle stands high on the highest hill of Lisbon and the site has always been a defensive position due to the great vantage point above the River Tejo estuary. From the battlements of the castle provide spectacular views over Baixa and the Rio Tejo. Sights which can be seen from the battlements include the Igreja do Carmo, the 4 squares of Baixa and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. As this view point is within the castle grounds the entrance fee must be paid.
The view from the Castelo de Sao Jorge
The Adamastor view point is located on the edge of Bairro Alto and provides panoramic views south over the Rio Tejo, the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge and the Cristo-Rei statue. The Adamastor View Point is also trendy hang out with a little cafe serving coffee which can be drunk under the shade of the trees. The central stone monument is dedicated to the explorers who conquered the seas surrounding the Cape of Good Hope. The monument personifies the dangerous seas as a demon who the explorers over came.
The Adamastor viewpoint of Lisbon
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is in the Alfama district of Lisbon and over looks the roofs of the hap-hazardous Alfama district. The Miradouro de Santa Luzia view point is on the number 28 tram route which passes the Se Cathedral on it's way to the district of Graça. The view point is surrounded by delightfully painted buildings, cafes and restaurants.
The view from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Padrao dos Descobrimentos Monument
This is a structural view point on the top of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos monument in Belem. The 52 m high monument provides good views over Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Torre Belem and Rio Tejo. There is an entrance fee but is well worth the amount.