It is said that Lisbon is the city of seven hills. In reality, there are much more hills! Climbing them can be challenging, but the best part are the breathtaking views they offer. These viewpoints are called miradouros in Portuguese. People come here after work or school and enjoy marvelous sunsets. You can find here street artists, musicians, painters, and of course many tourists.
Jardim do torel
One of the city’s last remaining secret spots still not completely overrun by tourists, with a view over downtown lisbon and towards Avenida da Liberdade. This viewpoint is also a garden created in the 1960s.
During summer period, don’t forget to take your swimsuit with you, because there is a swimming pool where you can refresh yourself!
Where: Travessa do Torel
Miradouro de nossa senhora do monte
Miradouro “Our Lady of the Mount” is one of the highest points in the city and surely the most romantic one. This spot is especially popular during sunsets, because it offers a panoramic view of Lisbon, the river Tejo and the bride Ponto 25 de Abril. Here you will find love locks with names or initials locked into the rail (similar to what you would find in the Pont des Arts in Paris).
There is statue of Virgin Mary and a small chapel from the 1700s, but it is almost always closed. Nevertheless this might just be the best place for an epic instagram photo or a selfie!
Where: Rua da Senhora do Monte – Graça
Miradouro de Santa Catarina
This place is situated really close to the bohemian capital of Lisbon: bairro alto. It has a small garden and a kiosk, where you can buy fresh beer by the one liter bottle and chill with friends sitting on the stairs. In the past, people stood there to watch the ships go by. Nowadays, this spot is still very popular because of the many street musicians, who create a relaxed atmosphere.
The attraction of this place is also a stone figure of Adamastor, a mythical sea monster from the epic poem “The Lusiads.” For this reason, the terrace is also known as “Miradouro do Adamastor.”
Where: Rua de Santa Catarina
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Walking through the old town you simply cannot overlook this viewpoint. It’s a landscaped terrace with kiosk, cafes, and stands where you can buy souvenirs. The lower garden has many busts of historical figures and a fountain. You can enjoy the view of downtown towards the St. George’s Castle and the river. This is the meeting point of many students and young people, where the night usually begins.
Where: Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara
Miradouro da Graça
This romantic terrace offers a panoramic view of the city. Be aware that it can be really windy here. But the official name of this place is Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, a poet who have been coming here admiring Lisbon. One of her poems can be read on a wall facing her bronze bust. In this miradouro, there is a small kiosk, which serves fresh homemade lemonades!
Where: Largo da Graça