The city of Lisboa extends over several hills, which provides many spots where one can enjoy the amazing sights over of its various neighbourhoods, the landscape of the Tejo estuary and the south bank of the river. Being popular attractions, these viewpoints - called 'miradouros' in portuguese - are usually packed with people looking for a good photograph and a snack from the kiosks close by.
But there are also some lesser known spots, hidden among the streets or farther away form the center, that may have a less impressive view of the city but are equally amazing for their atmosphere and tranquility. Watching the sunset in one of Lisboa's viewpoints is an experience you can't miss. Below is a list of the best miradouros scattered among the city's hills. Take your time to get to know them all!
The Miradouro de Santa Catarina is among the most visited viewpoints, located in the district of Santa Catarina. If you pass by on a sunny day you are sure to find it full of people, reflective of different backgrounds and origins, locals and foreigners, sharing the sights of the city, sitting on the grass under the trees or the stone benches, discussing, partying, playing music and enjoying their time. Nighttime only seems to increase the liveliness of this area, a fantastic spot to check out!
From the priviledged location of the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, you can admire Lisboa's downtown area and its historic surroundings, the São Jorge castle, the river and the busy districts, and turn the other way to see how the city grows from Mouraria up to Avenidas Novas and further north. Find it in the eastern side of Graça district and map out Lisboa by the shade of trees, under the watch of the Senhora do Monte chapel!
An obligatory stop to any visit to the São Jorge castle, and the perfect spot to end the afternoon, the Miradouro do Castelo extends over a wide area of the outer castle walls, offering a near panoramic view of the historic center, Margem Sul, the southern bank of the Tejo, and the rest of the city to the north, with the imposing castle by your side. There are a few benches and many trees, giving it a fresh ambiance where you can just relax and appreciate the sights, from dusk till dawn!
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