Nothing beats seeing the city from above and in Lisbon, thanks to its hilly structure, we are lucky enough to enjoy quite a few of the scenic viewpoints! They are popular both with tourists and locals, day and night, everyone has got their favourite and you will probably find your own too. I bet you will never get tired of those views.
Located in the beautiful Alfama district this viewpoint is a crowd-pleaser. You can sit on a beautiful terrace, decorated with painted tiles (azulejos) and a flower-covered pergola and admire the sweeping view over the houses, churches and Tagus River.
Just a short walk up from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia you have another Alfama viewpoint. It looks like a balcony with a café just next to it, so you can grab a drink, some food and enjoy the views!
This is a picture-perfect spot for a sunset! You can see the downtown Lisbon from here, including the Castle, Tagus River and even Ponte 25 de Abril – a red, grand bridge, that connects two sides of the city. This miradouro has an open-air cafe located just next to the Igreja da Graça and it’s shaded by pine trees. The climb up to this viewpoint gets rather steep by the end, but while you there you can just grab a drink and rest!
It’s located only an around 10 minute walk further up from the da Graça viewpoint. It is Lisbon’s highest miradouro and the panoramic views are just glorious! It is even better than the da Graça one, in my humble opinion 🙂 But like I said, we all have our favourites! The terrace itself is very simple, there’s no café here, just a few benches.
It is probably the most popular one! It provides great views over the lower city with Castelo de São Jorge in the background. It’s located on the top of Bairro Alto and right next to the Glória Elevator. There is also a lovely park with fountains and several kiosks where you can buy drinks and snacks.
It offers a slightly different view of Lisbon. It's located in the west part of Chiado and you can look over the Cais do Sodre district and the Tagus with 25 de Abril Bridge. There is a park here and a small café/bar. It is not the most touristy spot, but one popular among the young, local crowd.
Quick tip: if you’d like to see some of the best miradouros in one go, to save yourself time and effort you should start from the top. So go the highest point first – Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. You can even take Tram 28 to Largo da Graça and walk from there! Then go down to Miradouro da Graça. Further down you can stop at the viewpoint at the Castle de São Jorge and make your way to Miradouro das Portas do Sol and de Santa Luzia.
And because Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and Miradouro de Santa Catarina are in different parts of the city, you can visit them while you’re walking around Bairro Alto and Chiado.
You can put all of them on your map when walking around Lisbon. They definitely enhance your experience, as Lisbon is very charming from above!