There are stunning views that you will catch during your visit to Lisbon, from the red rooftops of the historic neighbourhoods to the River Tejo south bank and the enormous Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.
Here are some of the top miradouros, terraces and monuments in Lisbon, each offering a distinctive perspective of the city. These spots are well worth going out of your way to visit. Use the map below to locate them.
#1 Castelo de São Jorge
The walls of the Castelo de São Jorge are located on the highest of Lisbon’s seven hills. The castle’s courtyard offers outstanding views over the city’s red rooftops with the River Tejo beyond. It is a great place to take panoramic photos.
#2 Miradouro das Portas do Sol
One of Lisbon’s iconic viewpoints, and also one of the most photographed, the viewpoint from Portas do Sol in Alfama offers wide open vistas over the coloured buildings, the Panteão (Pantheon), and the River Tejo with the cruise ship terminals.
#3 Arco da Rua Augusta
The triumphal arch of Rua Augusta is Terreiro do Paço’s most notable building. From the top, catch a different view of the city that includes the square, the historic neighbourhoods, the River Tejo and the castelo.
#4 Basílica da Estrela
If you take tram 28, get off at stop Estrela (Basílica). From the top of the Basílica, an impressive neoclassical church, you’ll catch views of Lisbon’s less touristic spots, such as the towers of the Amoreiras, the Monsanto park, and the district of Ajuda.
#5 Miradouro da Rocha de Conde de Óbidos
Next to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the Miradouro da Rocha Conde de Óbidos offers a panoramic view of the Tejo south bank and Lisbon’s port. From the miradouro, two staircases take you directly down to Avenida 24 de Julho.
#6 Torre de Belém
The top terrace of the Torre de Belém awards visitors with a fine panorama of the waterfront and the river.
#7 Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Get 360-degree panoramic views over the Tejo from the 55m-high Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries). Admire the 50m diameter mosaic of a wind rose designed by the architect Luís Cristino da Silva and offered by South Africa in 1960.
#8 Miradouro de Santa Catarina
The Miradouro de Santa Catarina offers great views over the river and rooftops of the Lapa and Madragoa neighborhoods. The views stretch as far as the Ponte 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei. There’s a drinks kiosk with a few tables next to the statue of the Adamastor, the mythical beast from Luís de Camões Lusíadas,
#9 Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon, the Miradouro de Santa Luzia offers amazing views over the Alfama neighbourhood and the river. Don’t miss the blue-and-white azulejos (tile panels), depicting the Terreiro do Paço before the great earthquake of 1755.
#10 Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Sitting in Bairro Alto, São Pedro de Alcântara is one of the best known viewpoints overlooking the Castelo de São Jorge, as well as the historic areas of Martim Moniz, Mouraria, Baixa and Alfama.
#11 Jardim do Torel
The tiny park, Jardim do Torel, offers from its several terrace levels panoramic views over Avenida da Liberdade, the Baixa, the viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara and the western part of the city. You can get to the park by funicular – the Ascensor do Lavra takes you up the hill from Restauradores.
#12 Miradouro da Penha de França
A hidden gem located ib the picturesque neighbourhood of Penha de França, the miradouro is best known by locals. It offers open views over the modern eastern part of the city (Chelas, Marvila and Olivais districts) and the south bank of the River Tejo, with its two main suburban cities, Montijo and Alcochete.
#13 Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Located in the traditional neighboorhood of Graça, the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte offers panoramic views that overlook the Castelo de São Jorge and the Bairro Alto and Baixa districts.
#14 Miradouro de Santa Clara
Near the Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s oldest and best flea market, the Miradouro de Santa Clara provides panoramic views over Santa Apolónia and the river stretching to Alcochete, a city on the south bank of the Tejo.
#15 Miradouro de Santo Estêvão
The churchyard of the Igreja de Santo Estêvão offers stunning views over the River Tejo and Alfama’s red rooftops.
#16 Parque Eduardo VII
The steep Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park in central Lisbon. A viewing platform at the top park offers impressive views over Praça Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, the Baixa and the River Tejo. On a clear day sky, it’s possible to see as far as Almada, the suburban city on the south bank of the river.
#17 Elevador de Santa Justa
The Elevador de Santa Justa is a must-see attraction in Lisbon. At the very top of the tower, a viewpoint reached by a spiral staircase offers great views over Lisbon, especially on clear and sunny days.
#18 Panteão Nacional
In the historic district of Santa Clara, the Pantheon houses the tumbs of distinguished Portuguese figures. Take the stairs up to the terrace over the church to get great views over Alfama and the river.
#19 Miradouro do Largo das Necessidades
Opposite the Palácio das Necessidades, home of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there is a garden offering sweeping views over the river and the bridge.
#20 Miradouro de Santo Amaro
Located the Alcântara neighbourhood, on the western part of Lisbon, there is a little-known viewpoint, next to a sixteenth century chapel. It offers great views over the river.