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10 Scenic Lisbon Viewpoints

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The Lisbon hills are giving us a workout, but our reward (besides burning up all the calories from the wine and custard tarts) are the scenic Lisbon viewpoints showing us the brightly colored city from different angles. Miradouros Lisboa – Lisbon lookout points – with shady terraces, sometimes accompanied by a small café, can be found all over the city, which are frequented by both tourists and locals.

One of many scenic viewpoints in Lisbon at sunset

The miradouros aren’t the only Lisbon viewpoints in the city; many of the Lisbon monuments and churches allow visitors to take a lift or climb to the rooftop for views, but usually for a small fee. While exploring the picturesque Lisbon streets, we discovered 10 scenic viewpoints in Lisbon.

 

10 Scenic Lisbon Viewpoints

Our list of 10 scenic Lisbon viewpoints is really two lists: Miradouro Lisbon and Lookout Lisbon. The miradouros are listed first, then the lookout points. We think these viewpoints are the most beautiful places in Lisbon (and the best photo spots in Lisbon, too!). To help you find your way, we have included all of the locations on a Lisbon Viewpoints map.

 

Lisbon Viewpoints Map

10 scenic viewpoints in Lisbon Map

Click here for a link to the map.

 

#1 Miradouro Graca

The Graca lookout in the Graca Lisbon neighborhood is quite popular, both for the easy-to-find location and proximity to the St. George Castle Lisbon (Castelo de Sao Jorge). It is one of our favorite miradouros for wide city views and watching the sunset in Lisbon.

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #1: Miradouro da Graca

 

#2: Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Portas do Sol is a heavily visited tourist spot – as evidenced by the number of street vendors and musicians.  It’s for good reason: the Lisbon viewpoint offers spectacular views looking east over the Alfama neighbhorhood, taking in two Lisbon landmarks: Sao Vicente de Fora and the National Pantheon. A statue of St. Vincent – one of many Lisbon monuments – stands next to a small café. Lisbon Tram 28 and Tram 12 stop across the street.

{Read about our exploration of Alfama and visits to Sao Vicente de Fora and the National Pantheon}

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #2: Miradouro das Portas do Sol

 

#3: Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte

Supposedly more secret than the two previous lookout points, we found more tourists than locals at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Further north than Miradouro da Graca, but with a more elevated vantage point, it’s one of the most stunning Lisbon viewpoints. We suggest bringing a small picnic lunch or a bring-your-own adult beverage to enjoy along with the view. 

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #3: Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte

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#4: Miradouro do Monte Agudo

It’s definitely a hike to get to this Lisbon miradouro, which is popular with local dog owners, but worth the effort! The views stretch almost directly south over the city to the river, offering a stunning Lisbon panorama. 

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #4: Miradouro do Monte Agudo

 

#5: Miradouro de Santa Estevao

Not necessarily the best of Lisbon lookout points, and there are no benches or cafe, but Miradouro de Santa Estevao is a quiet Alfama miradouro. After spending a couple of hours winding through the dense and narrow streets of Alfama, it provides a nice place to catch our breath – and a view.

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #5: Miradouro de Santa Estevao

 

#6: Miradouro de San Pedro de Alcantara

This might reign as one of the better skyline viewpoints of the Lisbon Old Town. A two-level park, the miradouro in Barrio Alto provides views to the east over the city with Alfama and the castle in perfect sight. The soft light of the setting sun gives the entire city a warm glow, making it the best sunset view in Lisbon.

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #6: Miradouro de San Pedro de Alcantara

 

#7: Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII

The Eduardo VII Park – one of the best parks in Lisbon – extends 62 acres from the north end of Avenida da Liberdade and gradually inclining to one of the stunning Lisbon lookout points. At the top, an enormous flag billows in the breeze above a picturesque fountain. The views south over the green lawn and perfectly manicured hedges down the river is quite a sight. Cross the street to the Amalia Rodrigues Park for even better views.

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #7: Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII

 

#8: Arco da Rua Augusta

Arco da Rua Augusta is the towering arch on the north side of Praco do Comercio that leads into the Baixa district via the pedestrian-only Rua Augusta. There is a lift to the top of the grand arch where guests have 360 degree views of Lisbon. The lift up only costs €2.50; tickets are purchased in a small shop north of the arch on the east side of Rua Augusta.

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #8: Arco da Rua Augusta

 

#9: Cristo Rei

On the south bank of the Tagus River, the Christ Statue Lisbon (Cristo Rei), stands on a hill looking across the river to the city – and provides a stellar panorama of Lisbon. It’s an easy trip across the river to Cacilhas for a visit. The views from the surrounding park are phenomenal (and free), but a lift for €4 takes visitors to the top of the 269 foot platform that the statue is mounted on.

{Read about our trip from Lisbon city center to Cristo Rei}

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #9: Cristo Rei

 

#10: National Pantheon

Also called the Church of Santa Engracia, the dome of the National Panthoen building that took 284 years to build is visible from many points in Lisbon. Inside, exquisitely patterned marble and memorials to Portugal’s most revered historical figures are worth looking at, but a climb up the stairs to the rooftop provides one of the outstanding viewpoints of Lisbon and the river. It’s free on the first Sunday of each month, but costs €4 other days.

{Read about our visit to the Lisbon National Pantheon}

Scenic Viewpoints in Lisbon #10: National Pantheon

 

BONUS Lisbon Viewpoints:

Miradouro de Santa Catarina

The Miradouro Santa Catarina Lisbon – sometimes referred to the Miradouro do Adamastor for the statue of Adamastor that stands on the Lisbon lookout – is one we haven’t been to, but is known for it’s sweeping river views. Next time we visit the city, we’ll definitely be making our way to Miradouro Santa Catarina!

Santa Justa Lift

The Lisbon Santa Justa Lift takes passengers from the lower streets of Baixa up to Carmo Square – no climbing required! Today, it is somewhat of a tourist attraction and although we heard the views are fantastic, we skipped it. 

 

Lisbon Viewpoints on Google Maps

 

 

Our top tips for your trip to Lisbon

Looking for more things to do in Lisbon? Check out our list of 10 Free Things To Do in Lisbon, which includes shopping at the sprawling outdoor Flea Market Lisbon, visiting historic Lisbon churches and other Lisbon landmarks. 

10 Free Things To Do in Lisbon, Portugal by JetSettingFools.com

10 Free Things To Do in Lisbon, Portugal

 

Lisbon Sightseeing Tips

If you plan on visiting museums and sites – and traveling via public transportation – the Lisboa Card can provide significant savings. With the Lisboa Card, all public transportation (including the Santa Justa Lift) is free, as are many museums, and top Lisbon sights – like St. George Castle Lisbon (Castelo de Sao Jorge) can be visited with a reduced admission fee

Although the public transportation options in Lisbon are ample, it can be confusing for anyone who isn’t used to using public transport. Find information about riding the trams (including the famous Lisbon Tram 28) can be found here and click here a Lisbon Metro map.

Easier to figure out than public transport is the Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus that makes stops at all the popular tourist spots. 

In addition to sightseeing in Lisbon, the most popular Lisbon day trip (besides a jaunt to Belem and Cristo Rei, as mentioned above) is a combo excursion to the UNESCO heritage town of Sintra and coastal Cascais. Although this journey can be completed on your own, an organized small-group tour from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais can cost as little as $50 (and you are almost guaranteed not to get locked in a train station, like we did!)

 

Where To Stay in Lisbon

We think Alfama is the best area to stay in Lisbon, but anywhere in the Lisbon Old Town is ideal. During our visit to Lisbon, we stayed in this awesome Airbnb Apartment. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. Lisbon holiday apartments can also be searched on FlipKey (which is part of TripAdvisor) or on VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner

However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations won’t have any trouble finding a place to stay. There are many Lisbon hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center – which is the best area to stay in Lisbon for sightseeing. Check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) priced around $100 USD/night (at time of posting) for your upcoming trip: HF Fenix Urban, Hotel Expo Astoria and Empire Lisbon Hotel. Or, find a deal on a hotel room by bidding on Priceline

Budget travelers can search for Lisbon Hostels – like Lisboa Central Hostel and Lisbon Destination Hostel. For a true bargain – and a unique experience – search for hosts on Couchsurfing, where travelers stay with locals for free

 

Getting There

Lisbon can be reached by plane, train, bus or car.  The Lisbon Portela Airport is the international airport.  We took a cab to get from the Lisbon Airport to the city centre (but feel we paid a bit too much for the ride, so you may want to consider booking airport transfers in advance).

If arriving/departing Lisbon by train or bus, there are several stations in the city. When booking travel by train or bus, pay close attention to the station of arrival/depature. 

In General

Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!).  When we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner or Flight Hub.

To get from city to city when flights are not possible, we usually rely on public transportation and take trains or buses. In Europe, we use Rail Europe to find train tickets and our preferred bus company is FlixBus – as it is economical, clean and comfortable with on-board wifi, seat-back entertainment, refreshments and a toilet. We aren’t keen on driving abroad, but renting a car can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people) – and it allows for greater discovery.  

 

What to eat in Lisbon

Get the ultimate Lisbon food guide, Lisbon in 100 Bites

 

Before You Go

  • Not everyone in Lisbon speaks English! Take interactive language learning courses with Babbel to learn Portuguese prior to your trip!
  • Lisbon is a walkable city…but only if you have the right shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos (that can later be beautifully compiled into a travel photo book). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city…and especially Lisbon! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving.
  • We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.

Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for our complete packing list and other travel resources!

 

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