Lisbon's superb natural setting, spread across seven hills facing the Tagus River, offers a network of terraces from which to contemplate the beauty of the city. Called "miradouros" (viewpoints), they're usually located at the highest points of each hill, and all have spaces to sit and rest. Some even have cafés serving snacks and light refreshments.
Popular with locals and tourists, day and night, everyone has their favorite and you'll also find your own. You'll discover many others 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, romantic city (and one of the world's most beautiful cities).
Below is a list of the most popular miradouros, along with the monuments that offer panoramic views:
MIRADOURO DAS PORTAS DO SOL
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.
MIRADOURO DE SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA
This is one of the most attractive miradouros, with a pleasant garden and the castle standing on the opposite side. It's especially beautiful at night, when the city is lit up below.
MIRADOURO DA GRAÇA
Trees provide plenty of shade at this miradouro, which is ideal for a late afternoon snack at the café with views to the castle.
MIRADOURO DA NOSSA SENHORA DO MONTE
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.
MIRADOURO DE SANTA LUZIA
This attractive terrace offers views of the Alfama rooftops, the Tagus, and the dome of the National Pantheon, all framed by grapevine-draped trellises.
ST. GEORGE'S CASTLE
The views from this historic landmark are truly spectacular. You can see almost the entire city from the terrace and battlements.
SANTA JUSTA ELEVATOR
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 (including the Jeronimos Monastery, as seen above) and the Tagus.
EDWARD VII PARK
The top of this park offers views down Avenida da Liberdade towards the river in the distance.
TRIUMPHAL ARCH OF RUA AUGUSTA
The triumphal arch on the Rua Augusta pedestrian street that leads to Comercio Square has an elevator that takes you to the top for views over Lisbon. You'll see the grand waterfront square from above, as well as all of downtown.
MIRADOURO DE SANTA CATARINA
This terrace miradouro offers views of the port and 25 de Abril Bridge, along with a pleasant café. It's a popular hangout for the city's young bohemian crowd.
MONUMENT TO CHRIST
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.
SÃO VICENTE DE FORA MONASTERY
Very few people are aware of the stunning panorama of the river and Alfama from the top of this noteworthy monument.
Facing the São Vicente de Fora Monastery, this domed church allows visitors to head to the top for city and river views.
Want to stay somewhere with a view? Here are your options:
Hotel do Chiado - With one of the best locations in the city, this hotel has rooms facing the castle hill and also has one of the best rooftops in town, with a panoramic view.
Memmo Alfama - From this hotel you have a postcard view over Lisbon's oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. All of Alfama can be seen from this design hotel which also has a wonderful terrace.
Monte Belvedere - Located next to the Santa Catarina viewpoint, this small hotel has rooms with river views and a rooftop terrace where you can start your day with a breakfast while overlooking the city.
Myriad Hotel - Lisbon's tallest building and one of its most iconic modern landmarks is now this stylish hotel standing literally in the water. There are beautiful views from every room.
Solar dos Mouros - Just a few feet from the castle gate, this romantic boutique hotel has rooms looking out to the city center.
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