Lisbon is a unique city where nobody would complain about shortage of tourist attractions. However, the most beautiful ones are available completely free of charge or for a small fee. These’re viewpoints, called miraduro. The perfect location on the hills allows to see the capital of Portugal from many different perspectives. Moreover, miaraduros are also an interesting places to observe people or rest with a glass of wine, after intensive sightseeing.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol – at the gates of the sun
Riding the famous tram no 28 or visiting Alfama, it’s impossible to miss this most popular viewpoint in Lisbon. The name of this place arouses the imagination. Miradouro das Portas do Sol in translation means “the viewpoint of the sun gates”.
This modest name perfectly captures the amazing atmosphere of this place. The terrace offers a fabulous view of the labyrinth of narrow streets in Alfama and the Tag river.
On the lower terrace at Café Portas do Sol, you can sip coffee and enjoy the view of the Lisbon. Can you imagine a better afternoon?
Miraduro de Santa Luizia – neighbor in the shade
Miraduro de Santa Luizia is located just a few steps from Miradouro Das Portas do Sol and seems to be in the shade of it. In my opinion, it’s worth visiting not only because of the wonderful view of Alfama and the Tag river it offers, but above all because of its unique atmosphere. At the Miraduro de Santa Luizia time has stopped. Arcades decorated with flowers are favourite place of lovers and local artists. The white colour of the columns matches perfectly with the azulejo tiles on the walls of the church of St. Santa Luizia.
Miradouro da Cerca da Graca – perfect spot in the evening
On the border of Alfama and Graca district there’s another viewpoint – Miradouro da Cerca da Graca. In the nearby restaurant you can enjoy vinho verde admiring the view of the centre of Lisbon with the river Tag and the 25 de Abril Bridge in the background. This place is vibrant, especially in the evening when it’s frequently visited by students.
Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte – the balcony of Europe
The highest viewpoint in Lisbon – Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte is located also in Graca district. Due to the unique view of Lisbon, it’s also called the balcony of Europe. Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte is the perfect option for people who don’t like crowds of tourists.
To see the wonderful panorama of the capital of Portugal you have to make a little effort and climb quite a high hill. The description of the buildings presented on the panel made of azulejos tiles facilitates the identification of the characteristic places in Lisbon.
Elevador de Santa Justa – lift to the heaven
The Elevador De Santa Justa is a popular tourist attraction, which is also an excellent viewpoint. An antique, metal lift resembles famous Effel Tower. It’s not coincidence because it was designed by Gustave Eiffel’s student – Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard.
A return ticket for the lift costs €5 and includes admission to the viewing terrace. Admission is also possible with valid card for public transport, then the ticket costs €1,5. However, then you need to pay for the entrance to the viewing terrace, which costs €1,5.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina – for a drink before the party
The best view of the Tag river and the April 25th Bridge can be seen from the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, and according to the locals the most amazing sunsets as well. You can get there by Elevador da Bica – old funicular.
It is a popular meeting place. Locals come here for a drink before a party in famous Barrio Alto district.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
The second perfect point to start a party in Barrio Alto is the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. Miraduro is actually a garden where you can see an interesting view of the city with the Castle of St. George in the background.
The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is best to get by funicular – Elevador da Gloria.
Museum overlooking the bridge
A completely different view can be seen from the roof of the modern Maat Museum. Located a little bit further from the centre, offers an interesting view of the April 25th bridge – Lisbon’s counterpart to the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
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