A city built on a hill requires a LOT of climbing but those willing to tackle the hills are rewarded with panoramic vistas for days. Lisbon is sprawled over several hills, giving endless opportunities for spectacular views. We’ve put together a quick list of our 6 favorite free viewpoints around the city which are sure to impress every type of traveler.
- Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
In the neighborhood of Principe Real lies a multi-level, expansively manicured terrace known as the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. It’s impossible to walk passed without taking a moment to peek over the edge at the city below and the Castelo do Sao Jorge atop the hill in the distance.
2. Miradouro da Graça
You have to work for this one, but it’s worth it! Graça is the neighborhood located at the top of a hill just up from Alfama. As you can imagine, the higher you go – the better the view! What once served as a courtyard for the Igreja da Graça (a 13th century church still standing today) is now a sprawling terrace complimented with an Esplanada (small cafe) and sweeping views of Lisboa. What makes this Miradouro so special is the winding stairway leading up to it, so be sure not to miss it! Covered with vibrant street art, this pathway is forever evolving with new and unique murals that give pedestrians something nice to look at while they catch their breath on the way up 😉
4. Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood and arguably, the most hilly. But all those hills make for some dramatic lookouts, the favorite by far is the Miradouro de Santa Luiza. Situated on a alcove overlooking the Tejo River with a Quiosque, bougainvillea covered pergola, and a wading pool, this lookout serves locals & travelers alike. Stop in for a croissant & fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning or for an afternoon beverage with a fantastic view.
3. Parque Eduardo VII
Located in an area many tourists miss, this sloped, scenic park boasts tree-lined walking paths, manicured lawns & distant water views of the Tejo. Plan ahead for a perfect golden hour picnic by packing a bottle of wine & some cheese to enjoy on the expansive grassy area while you watch as the sun goes down.
5. Esplanada & Escultura Adamastor
A pleasant surprise awaits you after winding through the alleyways of Bairro Alto & Bica. A favorite spot for sunset, this Miradouro is unique for it’s stone-carved statue of David & Goliath and up-close vista of the Ponte de Abril 25 Bridge. There is a quiosque located at the top (of course) with a small seating area serving drinks and snacks. You’ll most likely be privy to at least one or two musicians playing some cruisy background tunes which really rounds out the ambiance of this special spot.
6. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Not far from the Miradouro da Graça is another spectacular viewpoint which is often times much quieter than the others due to it’s slightly hidden location. Next to the Chapel of Senhora do Monte, this expansive balcony over the city offers a wide and rich panoramic view of the city. Spot the São Jorge Castle, the Tagus River, Baixa, the São Roque hill with the ruins of the Convento Carmo, and so much more. This viewpoint is accented with wispy cypress trees & lovely stone walkways.
*BONUS VIEWPOINT: Elevador Panorâmico da Boca do Vento
If you’re looking for a totally unique view of Lisbon, we highly recommend taking the ferry from Cais do Sodre to neighboring Almada. This quiet neighborhood is located exactly opposite of downtown Lisbon across the Tejo River (home of the statue of the Cristo Rei) and offers incredible riverside dining options with unreal views of the city.
How do you get there? It’s easy! Just hop the 15 minute ferry from Cais do Sodre to Calcilhas (1 euro per person), walk the Rua do Ginjal along the river passing the old fishing port ruins, make a quick stop at Punta Final restaurant for a glass of vinho at the water’s edge, and finally climb the hill (or pay to take the Elevator of Boca do Vento) to reach the ultimate viewpoint.
There are dozens more secret outlooks all over the city that you’re sure to discover (accidentally) as you wander around. Never pass up the opportunity to stop for a moment & enjoy the view!