The best viewpoints in Lisbon

Official or not, these are the best viewpoints in Lisbon. Enjoy the nice weather and let these views take your breath away
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Lisbon has 16 official viewpoints: all of them with amazing views over the city’s rooftops, the most important monuments, the Tejo river, its other margin, and the 25 de Abril bridge. But there are more than the ones City Hall (Câmara Municipal de Lisboa) lists as official: the others are rooftops, terraces, bars and hotels. To have Lisbon at your feet while having a drink is a nice programme, don’t you think so? So all you need to do is choose one out of the ten best viewpoints in Lisbon.

The best viewpoints in Lisbon

Roda de Choro no Miradouro S. Pedro de Alcântara
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Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

icon-location-pin Chiado/Cais do Sodré

At the top of Elevador da Glória and right next to Bairro Alto you have a unique panorama of the city, allowing you to have, in one single photo, the river, the São Jorge castle, Graça and Avenida da Liberdade. It has a kiosk with an outdoor café where you can enjoy the view and drink almond liqueur while you do. There are blankets for windier nights.

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Nossa Senhora do Monte miradouro
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Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

It’s the highest point of Lisbon and it’s better than a city map, with a tile panel that allows you to locate the main monuments. From here, you can see all the way to Lisbon’s downtown up to Avenidas Novas, it’s one of the less visited viewpoints and one of the most romantic. Are you going to have a baby? If you have the chance pray in the chapel: legend says it guarantees tranquil childbirths.

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esplanada portas do sol
Fotografia: Ana Luzia
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Miradouro das Portas do Sol

icon-location-pin Castelo de São Jorge

Settle in the puffs and let yourself relax while you gaze upon the Tejo river and at the monuments Alfama has. The bar of this viewpoint is part of a building designed by the award winning architects Aires Mateus and on weekends there’s a DJ that puts both lisboetas and tourists dancing around São Vicente de Fora’s statue, Lisbon’s patron.

Padrão dos descobrimentos
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Padrão dos Descobrimentos

icon-location-pin Belém

The 56 metres building that pays homage to the Portuguese explorers offers a 360 landscape view of the riverside, allowing us to see the Tejo river, the bridge and what lies on the other side. Up there, somewhere between Oeiras and Alcântara, we manage to find eight monuments. Can you guess which ones? Admissions cost 4€.

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Miradouro da Graça
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Miradouro da Graça

icon-location-pin São Vicente 

Everyone calls it Miradouro da Graça, but this viewpoint’s official name, registered by Câmara de Lisboa, is Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen’s Viewpoint. The poetess’ bronze bust watches over the city and it is possible to read one of her poems while you enjoy Lisbon: from the castle all the way up to the river, from Mouraria to baixa pombalina. Settle in one of the outdoor café’s chairs – when the whether gets nicer this neighbourhood brightens. 

The best viewpoints in Lisbon

Café da Garagem do Teatro Taborda
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Café da Garagem

icon-location-pin Castelo de São Jorge

From Graça to Senhora do Monte, from Mouraria to Martim Moniz, the huge viewpoint window from Teatro Taborda’s café shows it all. The landscape, reflected on the huge interior window is only one of the many good reasons to know this location, where many people from Lisbon study and work. There’s a piano, glass lamps of all shapes and sizes and smoked sausage and cheese boards.

Sky Bar
Fotografia:Manuel Manso
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Sky Bar

icon-location-pin Avenida da Liberdade

The balcony of Hotel Tivoli’s ninth floor only opens in the summer and it is much more than a trendy place to have a drink at the end of the day: it is a unique belvedere, with a huge selfie potential. As far as snacks go, the panoramic outdoor café has Portuguese specialties, such as “bolinhas de alheira” (bread and garlic meatballs) with Porto wine, and tenderloin beef with ham in a bolo do caco sandwich (a typical bread from Madeira).

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Hotels

Memmo Alfama Hotel

icon-location-pin Alfama

Between alleys and backstreets, Memmo Alfama design hotel has one the city’s most appealing rooftops. The red bottom pool is for guests only, but anyone can go up for a drink at the end of the day and see Lisbon’s most ancient and authentic neighbourhood.

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Bairro Alto Hotel
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Bairro Alto Hotel

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People say the best gifts come in small packages. Clichés aside, Bairro Alto Hotel’s terrace is pretty much the case, small but dazzling. It has a view of the rooftops of all the typical houses, that heap over one another and, up ahead, the river, the 25 de Abril bridge and the National Sanctuary of Christ, the King. Choose a cocktail and don’t leave before you see a ferry boat (known as “cacilheiro”) crossing to the other side of the river.

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Le Chat
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Le Chat

icon-location-pin Estrela/Lapa/Santos

In front of Museu de Arte Antiga, at Janelas Verdes, a glass cube leaning over the Tejo draws in everyone that passes by. With a full bar, Gonçalo chairs (Portuguese products) and good music it is one of the best outdoor cafés in Lisbon.

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