15 most amazing viewpoints & miradouros in Lisbon

Lisbon is a city build on hills. Your leg muscles won’t thank you for your visit to the Portuguese capital, but your eyes definitely will. Lisbon has lots of amazing viewpoints. In Portuguese these viewpoints are called miradouros (plural of miradouro). In this blog I share my favorite viewpoints and miradouros in Lisbon with you guys. I definitely recommend to go to some of them during the sunset, you’ll love it!

Extra tip: keep in mind that most sights in Lisbon (like Torre de Belém and the National Pantheon) are closed on Mondays.

Also read: all the Lisbon tips you need for an awesome citytrip

Best miradouros in Lisbon

1. Castelo de São Jorge (Alfama)

Alfama is one of the most popular neigbourhoods in Lisbon. And of course there is a hill here as well. On top of this hill you’ll find the castle of São Jorge. It’s one of the best places in Lisbon to enjoy the view, especially during sunset. You can make a walk around the castle walls, learn more about the history of Lisbon in the permanent exhibition or sit with a glass of wine for the sunset. For citizens the entrance is free, so especially during the summer you’ll find a lot of Portuguese people sitting in the castle park with some food and wine. In the summer the castle is open until 9 in the evening.

Costs: entrance to the castle and the gardens is €10 euros for adults (January 2020). Entrance for citizens is free.

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2. Miradouro das Portas do Sol (Alfama)

If you’re walking from the cathedral to the castle you will definitely pass this viewpoint: miradouro das Portas do Sol. It’s a lovely viewpoint to see the houses in Alfama and the Tejo river.

Around the corner of this viewpoint in Lisbon you will find ANOTHER one: miradouro de Santa Lucia. This viewpoint has a small park with benches and a lot of azulejos: the typical Portuguese tiles. It’s always fun to walk through the city and spot them!

Costs: free to visit.

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3. National Pantheon (Alfama)

Alfama is a neighbourhood with many great viewpoints. Another one is the former Church of Santa Engrácia, now transformed in the National Pantheon. Famous Portuguese people are honoured here. People who did something important for the country, like writers, politicians and explorers. The building itself is pretty great, but from the rooftop of the National Pantheon you have a great view over Alfama. If you’re lucky you have this rooftop almost all to yourself and you can enjoy the sun in this quiet place.

Costs: €4 euros for adults (January 2020)

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4. Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Graça)

The castle is one of the best places for the sunset, but another great viewpoint in that area is Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. From this miradouro in Lisbon you have a view over the colourful houses in Alfama, the river in the background ánd the castle. Lots of musicians come here and with some luck people are even performing a fado – traditional Portuguese music.

This viewpoint is named after the famous Portuguese writer and poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. But because that’s a pretty long name most people also call this viewpoint Miradouro da Graça, named after the neighbourhood. On the square you can find a stand with some tables, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Costs: free to visit.

Extra tip: you can take the famous tram 28 from the city center to this viewpoint. The tram is busy most of the times, but it’s a fun ride and it will save you the climb, going uphill. You can check in with a Viva Viagem card in tram 28.

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5. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (Graça)

Not far away from Miradouro da Graça you’ll find another viewpoint: Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. The atmosphere here is also relaxed, with lots of musicians. Also a great place for the sunset! You can reach this viewpoint also with tram 28.

Costs: free to visit.

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6. Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (wijk Bairro Alto)

One of my favorite viewpoints, because it gives you a view over the colourful houses in Alfama and at the castle. But then from the neighbourhood Bairro Alto. If you fancy a port wine, you can go from the viewpoint to the other side of the street. At Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto you can find hundreds of different wines.

Costs: free to visit.

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7. Santa Justa lift (Baixa/Bairro Alto)

The Santa Justa lift connects the lower neighbourhood Baixa with the higher neighbourhood Bairro Alto. This elevator is 45 meters high. In the top you find a platform with some nice views. The design reminds me a bit of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And that’s not super weird, since the lift is designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel. The ride with the elevator is paid, but you can go to the exit of the elevator in Bairro Alto for free.

The queue for this lift can be long, so personally I would just climb up for 5 minutes if you’re a fit person. If you stand in front of the elevator entrance in Baixa you follow the stairs up and go to the lift, into the shopping street. Walk a bit further until you see the Mango, across it you will find stairs as well. If you follow these you will see the Carmo Convent. Next to the ruins of this church there is a panorama restaurant named Bellalisa Elevador. You can just pass the tables and walk to the exit of the elevator. The views are pretty nice from here. If you do have a Santa Justa ticket you can climb the final stairs to the panorama platform.

Costs: €5,15 euro for a return trip (January 2020). Are you traveling in Lisbon by public transport like bus, metro and trams? Then it pays off to buy a Viva Viagem day pass. With this day pass you can use the public transport AND this elevator for €6,40 euros. The pass is valid for 24 hours.

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8. Parque Eduardo VII (Azul/Principe Real)

Lisbon has a lot of parks. There is a reason the Portuguese capital is named European Green Capital 2020. One of the parks with a great viewpoint in Lisbon is Parque Eduardo VII. The viewpoint is at the top of the park. At the left side of the park (seen from the viewpoint) there is a building with beautiful azulejos: the Carlos Lopes Pavilion.

Costs: free to visit.

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9. Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Baixa)

Miradouro de Santa Catarina is not as well known as some other miradouros, but it’s still a fun place to visit. From here you have a view over the river, the Ponte 25 Abril and the other river bank. I have to confess it’s not the most impressive viewpoint in Lisbon, but in the evening it’s a fun place to sit with friends and a drink. A good place to relax before you have dinner. There is a small kiosk where you can buy coffee or wine as well. This viewpoint is also named Miradouro do Adamastor. At this square you find the statue of Adamastor. This is a Greek mythological character that symbolises the power of nature, especially the ocean. Explorers and seafarers had to deal with these powers during their travels at sea.

Costs: free to visit.

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10. Boulevard van Parque das Nações (Parque das Nações)

The district Parque das Nações is situated in the northeast of Lisbon and is a big contrast with the streets in the old city center. This area was build for the World Expo in 1998. The boulevard goes from the Oceanium all the way to Torre Vasco da Gama. It’s 1,5 kilometers long and during the walk you will pass many restaurants and coffee places. It’s one of the few places where you have a good view over Ponte Vasco da Gama. This is not only the longest bridge in Portugal, but also one of the longest in Europe.

Costs: free to visit. Do you want to take the cable car from Oceanium to Torre Vasco da Gama? A single ride is €4 euros for adults, a return trip is €6 euros (January 2020).

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11. Jardím de Castelo (Cacilhas)

From the city center of Lisbon you can take the ferry to the other side of the Tejo river, to Cacilhas. It’s less busy here and you mainly find locals here – especially in the evening, to enjoy some fresh fish dishes. I love walking around in Cacilhas and escape the buzz in Lisbon. You get a good idea of daily life in this neighbourhood. It’s not weird if a 60-year old barber spontaneously grabs his guitar and starts a fado with some of his friends during lunchtime. How amazing is that?

One of my favorite viewpoints in Lisbon is Jardím de Castelo, the castle garden. This is NOT the famous castle of Lisbon, but (the ruins of) a castle at the other side of the river, in Cacilhas. From here you have a good view over the skyline of Lisbon and the statue of Cristo Rei. If you take the ferry to Cacilhas it’s about 20 minutes walking from the dock to this viewpoint. It goes a bit uphill, but I’ve seen old ladies walking here as well. So you’ll be fine.

Costs: free to visit

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12. Statue of Cristo Rei (Almada)

As soon as I enter the area of the statue of Cristo Rei my phone connection disappears. Besides that I hear – creepy – gospel music that starts to play as soon as I enter. But from the top of the statue you have an incredible view over Lisbon and the surroundings. You can even see the mountains of Arrabida National Park, about 40 kilometres south of Lisbon.

Costs: €5 euros for adults (January 2020). You can only pay with cash money. There’s an ATM in the restaurant, next to the statue building. There is also a viewpoint in front of the statue building. You can visit this one for free.

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13. Roof terrace of the museum MAAT (Belém)

Belém is the neighbourhood of the sailors, the explorers. Many boats left on expeditions from this part of Lisbon. At the boulevard of Belém you also find the museum MAAT: Museu Arte, Arquitetura, Tecnologia. You can climb to the roof terrace for free: the stairs are at both sides of the building. From here you have a nice view over the river while enjoying a nice sea breeze.

Costs: free to visit.

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14. Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Belém)

As I said before: Belém has been the starting point for many expeditions. One of the most famous explorers is the Portuguese Vasco da Gama. He was the first European that reached India. The impessive monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos reminds visitors of all these expeditions. You can find this monument in the harbour of Belém. You can visit the top of this monument for another nice view.

Costs: €6 euros for adults, €3 euros for young adults (January 2020)

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15. Torre de Belém (Belém)

I love the relaxed vibe in the neighbourhood of Belém. But it’s also a great place to enjoy the sunset, due to it’s location in the western part of Lisbon. Torre de Belém is such a lovely place to see the sun setting and enjoy the different colours in the sky, reflecting in the water.

Costs: you can see the tower from outside for free. Going inside is €6 euros for adults, €3 euros for young adults (January 2020).

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Explore Lisbon in a different, unique way: Secret City Trails

Some of these viewpoints I have visited many times, both by myself or with (local) friends. Some of the miradouros in Lisbon I also found via Secret City Trails. This website offers a lot of discovery games in cities all over Europe. Also many of them in Lisbon. By solving the riddles the game will lead you through the city.

For example, I played the discovery game named Lisbon’s Bairro Alto & Bica: Fun Figures and Fabulous Views. I thought I knew Lisbon pretty well, but some streets I have walked through multiple times still surprised me via this game. It’s a great way to explore the city, both for tourists AND for locals!

At the website of Secret City Trails you can check which discovery games you can play in which cities. And they keep developing new games in new cities as well. You pay 1 price for the game; it doesn’t matter how many people join your game. It’s a great way to explore a city by yourself, but it’s more fun to do it with 2-4 people. After purchasing the game you still have months to start. So you can also give it as a gift to someone who’s gonna make a citytrip!

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These were my favorite viewpoints and miradouros in Lisbon. Are there any places missing in this list? Please share it with me and other travellers in the comments below!

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