Lisbon’s most recently opened viewpoint is actually almost half a century old. It has lived many lives: as a luxury restaurant, a bingo club, a nightclub, an office building and a warehouse. Originally designed by Chaves da Costa, the building resembling a stranded spaceship now leads a much quieter life as a viewpoint, which has frankly always been its calling. With 360-degree views of the city and primely located in Alto da Serafina, this derelict building is arguably the best lookout point in Monsanto. Let’s be honest – in the whole of Lisbon. Abandoned since 2001, it used to only occasionally welcome urban explorers, tourists, snoopers or people equipped with spray paint cans who went there to do what people equipped with spray paint cans do. It can be legally and safely visited since 2018 – the council removed much of the rubble, fenced some areas off and will soon address the scribbled walls, currently displaying statements such as “I can’t live without you, Albino”. The space has also been used for events and gigs (keep an eye out for upcoming events).
Alto da Serafina. Open daily: 9am-7pm. Free.