The Best Breathtaking Viewpoints of Lisbon

UXLx: UX Lisbon
4 min readMay 9, 2019

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Updated 15 March 2024

Magnificently sited on seven hills running down to the grand Tagus River, Lisbon seduces anyone to pause and contemplate the view.

There are several strategically-placed viewpoints or terraces at the top of each hill, where tourists and locals join to enjoy the view or simply gather for a refreshment. No doubt these viewpoints (or as we call it Miradouros) are part of the Lisbon experience. There are probably more than three dozens of them so we’ve decided to put together a list with some of the best ones for you to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

It’s located on the hill directly across from the castle so it allows you to gaze down all of downtown toward the waterfront.

Miradouro das Portas do Sol

In this terrace located not very far from the castle, you’ll get a postcard-like view of the city. It overlooks the domes and rooftops of the typical neighbourhood of Alfama and the river as well.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia

This incredibly charming terrace is really close to Miradouro das Portas do Sol so it has a very similar view over the tiled roofs of Alfama and the Tejo Estuary.

Miradouro da Graça

Providing shading sitting and drinks kiosks, this is one of Lisbon’s meeting points, mixing locals and tourists. It offers some of the best views of the castle.

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

The highest point of the city offers one of the best views — that’s no doubt. It has a delightful and romantic setting and an amazing view over the castle and almost the entire city.

Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta

Yes, you can actually go to the top of the famous arch. You’ll get bird’s-eye views of the city centre. On one side there’s a beautiful view of Praça do Comércio, and on the other, a view over the bustling Rua Augusta and all of downtown.

The Miradouro is open from 10h to 19h and the entrance fee is 3,5€.

Miradouro de Santa Catarina

It’s one of the best viewpoints of the Tagus River, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Cristo-Rei Statue. It’s a popular point among locals that come here to socialize, play music and drink beer.

Miradouro do Torel

This hilltop terrace overlooks one of the central avenues of the city (Avenida da Liberdade). It is also a pleasant garden and still remains a well kept secret.

Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII

This viewpoint located at the northern end of the gardens of Eduardo VII Park provides a very different view over Lisbon. It looks down over the Marquês de Pombal square and the view extends from Avenida da Liberdade all the way to downtown and the Tagus River. You can enjoy a tree-lined walk down the hill from Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII to the Rossio square.

Elevador de Santa Justa

This viewpoint is located at the very top of a charming turn-of-the-century elevator. Although it’s not the highest of Lisbon, after going up a narrow spiral staircase, you’ll truly be standing above the city. Enjoy stunning views over the streets and plazas of downtown.

The viewpoint is open from 7h30 to 22h and the return ride costs 6€ (the entrance to the viewing platform is included — open from 9h to 23h during Summer). Since the lift is part of the public transport network, the ride on the lift (not the viewing platform) is included in the 24-hour public transport ticket (metro/bus) that will cost you 6.80€.

Which ones are you including on your must-visit list? Difficult to choose, right?! Don’t miss these views and much more of what Lisbon has to offer while in the city for UXLx.

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