Sit and contemplate. Snap your camera.
Lisbon's superb natural setting, spread across seven hills facing the Tagus River, offers a network of
esplanades and terraces from which to contemplate the beauty
of the city.
Called "miradouros" or viewpoints, they're usually located at the
highest points of each hill, and all have spaces to sit and rest.
even have cafes serving snacks and light refreshments.
Throughout the day they attract the older locals, while at night they're popular with young couples. Everyone has their favorite, and you'll also find your own. You'll discover many more by chance as you wander around the narrow streets and staircases that often frame staggering vistas. You won't be able to resist a stop to admire the city because after all, taking time to relax and contemplate is one of Lisbon's pleasures and what makes it such a seductive and romantic city.
Below is a list of the most popular miradouros, along with the monuments that offer panoramic views.
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The views from this historic landmark are truly spectacular. You can see almost the entire city from the terrace and battlements.
The view from this miradouro is one of the most memorable in the city. Admire Alfama's rooftops, towers, and domes descending towards the river.
This is one of the most attractive miradouros, with a pleasant garden and the castle standing on the opposite side. It is especially beautiful at night when the city is lit up below.
One of the most romantic miradouros, this one offers the city's most beautiful sunsets along with striking views of the castle and practically the entire city.
This attractive terrace offers views of the Alfama rooftops, the Tagus, and the dome of the National Pantheon, all framed by grapevine-draped trellises.
Trees provide plenty of shade at this miradouro that is ideal for a late afternoon snack at the cafe with views to the castle.
You'll truly be standing above the city at the very top of this charming turn-of-the-century elevator. Rossio Square is right below, the castle right in front, and you can overlook the entire downtown area all the way to the river. Once you're done taking in the views, take the overpass to reach the Carmo Church ruins.
Be sure to climb this city icon for views of the entire Belem district and the Tagus.
The sensation of standing right above 25 de Abril Bridge by the pedestal of this monument is truly breathtaking. Up by the statue is one of the most unique views of the city's skyline.
Very few people are aware of the stunning panorama of the river and Alfama from the top of this noteworthy monument.
This terrace miradouro offers views of the port and 25 de Abril Bridge, along with a pleasant cafe. At night it is a popular hangout for the city's alternative crowd.
The entire modern city (Parque das Nações) and the stunning Vasco da Gama Bridge can be seen from the top of this panoramic tower.
The top of this park offers views down Avenida da Liberdade towards the river in the distance.