The 5 best views in Lisbon
1) Miradouro De São Pedro Alcântara
De São Pedro Alcântara garden has the best location in town, on the confluence of Chiado, Príncipe Real and Bairro Alto. It offers a 180-degree panorama of the downtown area, the Castle, Graça hill, and the river. There are two levels, the top one with trees and a kiosk and the lower one with beautiful Frenchstyle gardens.
2) Jardim Amália Rodrigues
Jardim Amália Rodrigues might very well be the highest natural viewpoint in Lisbon. The garden overlooks the entire city and offers an unobstructed view of the Eduardo VII Park, Marquês de Pombal square and Av. da Liberdade. On a clear day you can see as far as the Arrábida mountains and Palmela.
3) Arco da Rua Augusta
The triumphal arch at the start of Rua Augusta was built in 1875 to serve as the gateway to the city as you approach it from the river. The arch has a terrace up top that can be reached by elevator and from where you can experience one of the most unique 360-degree views of Lisbon.
4) Santa Catarina
The Santa Catarina viewpoint is located in the charming quarter with the same name, surrounded by palaces and luxury apartments. It’s a very relaxed place, where you will always find street musicians and artists, youngsters drinking in groups and people enjoying the wide river views. There are a couple of cool kiosks and bars around.
5) Portas do Sol
This mirador’s name translates to ‘Sun Doors’ and it makes perfect sense: this is the best place in town to watch the sunrise. The superb panoramic views grasp all of the Alfama quarter with its traditional brick-coloured rooftops, the monastery of Saint Vincent, and the river. Grab a seat at the kiosk or the terrace cafe and enjoy the scenery.
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