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The Best Views and Viewpoints (Miradouros) of Lisbon

Lisbon extends over seven steep hills, and from these high vantage points, there are many wonderful views over the historic city. This guide will highlight the best viewpoints of Lisbon and includes GPS coordinates, tourist information and of course some beautiful images.

Quick Summary of Lisbon’s Viewpoints

Details of Lisbon’s Finest Viewpoints (Miradouros)

Elevador de Santa Justa

Best time to visit: Early evening or at night

Access: Narrow spiral staircase

Main sights: Castle, Rossio Square and Central Lisbon

GPS: 38.712128, -9.139375

Santa Justa viewpoint miradouro

The view from the Santa Justa viewpoint (miradouro) over Baixa and the Tejo Estuary

The Elevador de Santa Justa viewpoint is located on the roof of the beautiful Santa Justa lift in the centre of Baixa. This viewpoint may not be the highest of Lisbon, but its prime location provides stunning views over the avenues and plazas of the Baixa district, and up to the castle. The viewpoint has an admission fee of €1.50, is open from 7:00 until 23:00 (7:00 to 21:00 winter), and is an amazing location to view Lisbon by night.

The viewing platform is accessed from the top level of the Elevador de Santa Justa, either by a ride up it (€5.15 return) or from the Largo da Carmo, which is the square behind the top of the lift. The viewpoint can only take 29 visitors, therefore during the day there can be a long wait to access the viewing roof. For a guide to the Elevador de Santa Justa please click here.

Insider tip: While at the top do not miss the ruins of the Carmo Church, which is to the rear of the platform. This church was left as a haunting ruin to act as a permanent reminder to Lisbon of the devastation of the 1755 earthquake.

Miradouro das Portas do Sol Viewpoint

Best time to visit: Anytime

Access: Direct access from street, no difficult slopes

Main sights: Roofs of Alfama and the Tejo Estuary

GPS: 38.711881,-9.129922

The Miradouro das Portas do Sol is the most photographed viewpoint of Lisbon, and is the one visited by the majority of tourists to the city. This popularity is in-part due to its location, on the main tram route through Alfama and close to the Se Cathedral and castle.

Miradouro das Portas do Sol

The Miradouro das Portas do Sol overlooks Alfama and the new Cruise liner terminal

From the Miradouro das Portas do Sol there are wonderful views over the haphazardous tiled roofs of Alfama and out to the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary. The plaza behind the Miradouro das Portas do Sol is a great location to take a break from sightseeing, as there are numerous, kiosks, cafes and restaurants, all set in a pleasant touristy atmosphere.

Insider Tip: For a much more peaceful setting with the same view, head to the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, which is located in the Jardim Júlio de Castilho gardens.

 

 

Miradouro Padrao dos Descobrimentos Monument

Best time to visit: Early in the day

Access: Lift and stairs

Main sights: Belem, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Torre de Belem and the Tejo Estuary

GPS: 38.693674, -9.205738

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The view of the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos from the Padrao dos Descobrimentos

The Miradouro Padrao dos Descobrimentos is at the top of the 52-meter-high monument and provides outstanding panoramic views over the entire Belem district. There is an entrance fee of €5, but the stunning 360o view is worth the admission fee. The Padrao dos Descobrimentos viewing platform is reached via a lift, but there is a short staircase to reach the roof.

Insider Tip: As with everything in Belem during the tourist season the Padrao dos Descobrimentos will be very busy, and as the number of visitors is limited, there can be a slow queue to enter. Our advice, is to visit early in the day.

Photographer tip: This location can provide the wonderful photo opportunity of a cruise ship passing beneath the suspension bridge, with the Christ Statue clearly in view; an amazing photo.

Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte

Best time to visit: Morning or early evening

Access: Street access, but it is a steep street!

Main sights: River Tejo and suspension bridge

GPS: 38.719096, -9.132922

In our opinion, the Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte is the best viewpoint of Lisbon. It is located on the highest hill of Lisbon, has a delightful setting and is virtually unknown by foreign tourists. From the summit, there are amazing views over the castle and central Lisbon, while the setting is beneath the shade of trees and next to a charming little church.

Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte

The Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte viewpoint

Historically this was where young Portuguese couple would meet up for romantic liaisons, without the interference of parents or gossiping neighbours. The Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte still retains this romantic ambience, but sees many more visitors since the influx of the Tuk-Tuk tours.

Insider tip: The Nossa Senhora do Monte was popular with young lovers because it is difficult to get to. The best method to travel there is to catch the number 28 tram and exit at the Rua da Graça tram stop and then walk up the Rua da Senhora do Monte, which is a steep street.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Best time to visit: Late afternoon or evening

Access: Direct access from street

Main sights: Rossio square and Baixa

GPS: 38.715206, -9.144307

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara Lisbon

The view from the Praça da Alegria Lisbon

The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is located in the Bairro Alto district, close to the upper terminus of the Elevador da Gloria Funicular. The viewpoint is split over two charming terraces and provides wonderful views over central Lisbon and the castle. This is another pleasant location to simply sit and admire the city, especially during the evening as the fading sunlight illuminates the castle and late as the city lights are switched on.

Update: Unfortunately, as of June 2017, there is major construction work to reinforce one of the supporting walls. This means the lower terrace is completely fenced off and the upper is partially restricted. Hopefully, this will be repaired soon as it is one of our favourite places to watch the city by…..

Miradouro da Graça

Best time to visit: Morning

Access: Street access, no steep climb from Graça

Main sights: Lisbon Castle and Baixa

GPS: 38.716464, -9.131511

The Miradouro da Graça viewpoint is popular with tourists as it offers some of the best views of the castle and is situated in a pleasant section of the city, which is relatively easy to travel to. The viewpoint is in front of the imposing Igreja e Convento da Graça complex and on the edge of the tree-lined Jardim Augusto Gil park, which provides shaded seating and drinks kiosks. The Miradouro da Graça can be reached by travelling on the number 28 tram and exiting at the Graça tram stop, from which it’s a level walk around the Convento da Graça to the view point.

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The castle as see from the Miradouro da Graça

Insider Tip: Don’t forget to explore Graça after visiting the viewpoint; although the district has few noteworthy tourist attractions, it is authentically Portuguese with cafes, bakeries and family run shops.

Miradouro do Castelo de São Jorge

Best time to visit: All day

Access: Flat, once in the castle complex

Main Sights: Central Baixa

GPS: 38.712050, -9.133436

Castelo de Sao Jorge view

The view from the Castelo de Sao Jorge

The position of the ancient castle was always going to be one of the best defensive and vantage points of Lisbon, with a clear sight down the Tejo Estuary and steep slopes descending from its walls. From the battlements, there are stunning panoramic views over the entire city and out to the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. The castle is one of the best tourist attractions of Lisbon and is open 9:00 to 21:00 (9:00 to 18:00 winter), while the admission fee is €7.50.

Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Adamastor Viewpoint)

Best time to visit: The evening - for a social drink

Access: Street access, no stairs

Main sights: River Tejo and the suspension bridge

GPS: 38.709472, -9.147656 Miradouro de Santa Catarina viewpoint lisbon

The Miradouro de Santa Catarina viewpoint is one of the greatest viewpoints of the Rio Tejo, the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge and the Cristo-Rei statue. This location is popular with Portuguese students, who come here in the evenings to socialise, play music and drink cheap beer, before their big night out in Barrio Alto or Cais de Sodre. At the weekends expect a diverse and vibrant atmosphere!

During the day, there is a kiosk for drinks, and though the area may be a little scruffy the view cannot be beaten. Also found at the Santa Catarina viewpoint is the popular Noobai restaurant, this restaurant boasts one of Lisbon’s most romantic settings for dinner with a panoramic view over the Tejo estuary. At the centre of the Jardim do Alto de Santa Catarina is a stone monument dedicated to the explorers who conquered the seas surrounding the Cape of Good Hope. The monument personifies the dangerous seas as a demon, the Adamastror, who the early explorers overcame.

Inside Tip: Close by is the delightful Elevador da Bica.

The Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta

Best time to visit: Early or late in the day

Access: 70 Narrow spiral steps and lift

Main sights: Rua Augusta and Praça do Comércio

GPS: 38.708484, -9.136799

view Arco da Rua Augusta

The view of the castle from the Arco da Rua Augusta

The Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta is the viewing platform at the top of the neo-classical arch that connects the Praça do Comércio to the busy shopping street of the Rua Augusta. This vantage point provides a bird’s eye view of the bustling streets and one of the best views of the Se Cathedral. The Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta is open 9:00-19:00 and the entrance fee is €2.50. The small size of the viewpoint and narrow stairs means that it can only accommodate 35 people, so availability may be limited during the peak hours of the summer months.

Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta

Se cathedral as seen from the Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta

Insider knowledge: The three statues of the arch represent Glory in the centre, Genius (on the left when viewed from the rear of the statue) and Valor on the right.

The Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Best time to visit: Anytime

Access: Direct access from street, a few steps

Main sights: Roofs of Alfama and the Tejo Estuary

GPS: 38.711600, -9.130301

The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is close to the Miradouro das Portas do Sol and has the same vista, but is in the more peaceful setting of the Jardim Júlio de Castilho gardens. The view is over the tiled roofs and churches of Alfama and out over the Tejo estuary. On the exterior of the small baroque Santa Luzia church and in the gardens are some beautiful examples of Azulejo tile images.

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The view from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia

The Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII

Best time to visit: Daylight hours

Access: Perfectly flat road access

Main sights: Marquês de Pombal square and the Eduardo VII Park

GPS: 38.730305, -9.154439

The Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII provides a very different view over Lisbon. The viewpoint is located at the northern end of the ornamental gardens of the Eduardo VII Park, from where it looks down over the Marquês de Pombal square and the Avenida da Liberdade, all the way to the Tejo Estuary 3km away. The Parque Eduardo VII is refreshingly open and green when compared to the narrow maze of Alfama or the hecticness of Baixa. Close by is the El Corte Inglés, Lisbon’s best department store.

Inside tip: There is an enjoyable walk from the Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII to the Rossio square, which is all downhill and much of it tree-lined!

Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII
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