Lisbon is built on seven hills, so there is always a place with an overlook of the city. Miradouros (scenic viewpoints) are often tiled with azulejos (Portuguese tiles). You won’t just find tourists here, the locals also like to enjoy the view of their city.
Especially couples in love make use of these romantic places. But you also see locals with a book and a drink to enjoy the view when the weather permits (which is almost always).
Lisbon: white city
During the day and in the evening it is worthwhile to visit one of these miradouros. The miradouros are freely accessible and often there is a small café or restaurant, but you are not obliged to have a drink there.
Lisbon is often called the white city, but from the viewpoints you look out over the roofs of Lisbon, almost all of them with red bricks.
Our favorite miradouros
We think these are the most beautiful miradouros. All miradouros below can be reached with elétrico 28.
Miradouro da Graça
Miradouro da Graça – also known as miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen – is located near the Igreja e Convento da Graça. This miradouro has an open-air cafe with a panoramic views overlooking Castelo de São Jorge. If you want to enjoy the view with the locals, go to this viewpoint.
Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte
Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte means ‘our lady on the mountain’. It is the highest point in the city. This miradouro is popular with young couples in love, which you’ll notice by the many locks on the fences, and of course by the lovebirds that are there. But there is more to see in this miradouro.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is right next to the stop of Ascendor da Glória in the district Bairro Alto. From this miradouro you have a panoramic view of Baixa – the lower city of Lisbon – with Castelo de São Jorge in the background. Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara also offers a good view of the north side of the city – towards Marquês de Pombal.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Miradouro de Santa Luzia you have the best view of the old Alfama Alfama district. The view of the old houses with red roof tiles on the Tagus and the other side of the river is breathtaking. The viewpoint itself is beautifully tiled with azulejos (Portuguese tiles), the stone tableaux on the edge pictures old Lisbon.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia is beautifully tiled with beautiful azulejos . On the stone tableaux on the edge is the old Lisbon pictured.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Near Miradouro de Santa Luzia in the neighbourhood Alfama you found Miradouro das Portas do Sol which means “gate of the sun”. There is a restaurant at this viewpoint where you can enjoy the beautiful view over the Tagus.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina
From Ascensor da Bica is Miradouro de Santa Catarina a 10 minutes walk. It is not the most spectacular viewpoint, it offers views of Cais do Sodre and the Tagus. But there are few tourists to find. Here too there is a small bar where you can get a drink and enjoy the view. Are you planning to go here, make sure you are here around sunset. You see the sun disappear behind the houses and in the Tagus, which is beautiful. This miradouro has a small park where you can buy a snack and a drink.
Miradouro do Castelo
Miradouro Castelo de São Jorge is highly recommended to visit during your trip to Lisbon, because in addition to viewing the castle, the view here is also beautiful. You can sit on the thick castle walls to dream away while looking over the city.
Elevador Santa Justa
If you take Elevador Santa Justa from Baixa up to Bairro Alto, do not walk straight across the bridge towards Convento Carmo. Take the narrow winding stairs up and experience the feeling of being above the city. The view is fantastic, so don’t forget to bring your camera!