Looking for the best views in Lisbon Portugal? Check out this epic Lisbon travel guide with the 10 best miradouros or viewpoints in Lisbon and enjoy stunning views of the Portuguese capital city.

BEST Viewpoints In Lisbon: 10 Stunning Views

Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Soumya

Looking for the best Lisbon viewpoints? You’re at the right place.

Lisbon is the City of Seven Hills—many say eight. Well, the important word here is hills. Because of the undulating terrain, Lisbon has many beautiful viewpoints—or miradouros, as the Portuguese call them.

Lisbon’s miradouros usually provide stunning views of the city and the River Tagus behind it.

Popular with both tourists and locals, Lisbon’s viewpoints are great places to relax, spend time with friends and family, and watch the world go by. All for free! No doubt, miradouros in Lisbon are addictive.

Here is my collection of the 10 best viewpoints in Lisbon, which offer the most stunning views of the city.

Surprise! All of them are not on top of hills! Some of the best Lisbon views are to be had from the top of famous Lisbon monuments.

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Best Miradouros or Hilltop Viewpoints in Lisbon

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

View from Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
A view of Sao Jorge Castle from the Lisbon Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint is located in the Bairro Alto district and provides a stunning view of the Baixa, the Tagus, and São Jorge castle.

Two levels of kiosks here mean double the food and drink options. Plus, there is a landscaped garden.

Couples claim this is the most romantic spot in the city. I agree at least for the perfect vibe of this place at sunset.

Just grab a drink, settle down in one of those pretty garden chairs, and take in the beautiful Lisbon view in front of you.

This is one of the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon. So, you’ll find it crowded.

But I have other favorites as well, some of them lesser-known gems of Lisbon, which you will find out as you scroll down this travel guide.

Pro Tip: If you like guided tours, you will love this award-winning Lisbon Essential Tour, which includes history, stories, lifestyle, and a stop at São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint.

Miradouro de Graça

Miradouro Graca in Alfama
I loved Miradouro de Graça because of these pine-fringed frames.

Miradouro de Graça is located by the Graça Church in the residential district of Graça. Well, that’s a mouthful of Graças in there! But, never mind.

The viewpoint at Graça is one of the prettiest. And you can get some really cool, pine-fringed panoramic shots here.

This splendid viewpoint offers stunning views of the city, including St. George’s Castle. You can also catch a glimpse of the 25th April bridge behind the city.

You can easily get to Miradouro de Graça by Tram #28, an antique tram ride considered to be one of the must-dos in Lisbon.

Graça is located on the highest hill of the city. No doubt, it is one of the best viewpoints in Lisbon.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia

View from Miradouro of Santa Luzia

Well, Miradouro de Santa Luzia is definitely one of the most romantic viewpoints in Lisbon. It does not just offer sweeping views of the city but also has an attractive, colorful setting.

Pink and red bougainvilleas dot every corner of this terrace by the church of Santa Luzia. This is one of the prettiest places in Lisbon in spring.

The walls of the church facing the terrace have two huge azulejo panels on them—one representing the Old Commercial Square and another the attack on St. George’s Castle.

Sandwiched between one of the azulejo panels and a huge pink bougainvillea tree is a petite red door that forms the perfect backdrop for your Instagram pictures.

There is a terrace cafe here that provides much-needed drinks to beat the Lisbon heat. Of course, the views are magnificent. Plus, the miradouro is an attraction in itself.

📖 Related Read: Visiting Lisbon in spring? Check out all the amazing, springy things to do in Portugal’s capital city.

Alfama door covered with spring flowers
Petite red door at Lisbon Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

Miradouro Senhora do Monte

This is yet another viewpoint in Lisbon’s Graça district: Miradouro Senhora do Monte.

Named after a chapel located right in front of it, Miradouro Senhora do Monte offers wonderful panoramic views of the city because it is located at the top of the Graça neighborhood.

The best part is that it is often calm and peaceful here, unlike at Miradouro de Graça, which is always teeming with people.

Blame it on its height or the existence of the more popular Miradouro de Graça nearby; Senhora de Monte is quite literally the hidden gem of Lisbon.

Best Monument Viewpoints in Lisbon

Apart from the many miradouros in Lisbon, there are also a number of monuments that provide stunning views.

The only difference between Lisbon’s monuments and miradouros is that most monuments are paid, whereas miradouros are free to enter.

Arco de Rua Augusta

View of Lisbon North from Rua Augusta Arch
A view of North Lisbon from Rua Augusta Arch.

Arco de Rua Augusta is the triumphal arch that stands in the middle of Praca do Comercio and is one of the top places to visit in Lisbon.

Apart from being an inspiring historic monument, the arch provides a unique 360-degree view of Lisbon’s pombaline downtown bordered by River Tagus.

Location: Praca do Comercio
Entrance fee: A couple of dollars (I don’t exactly remember how much), free with the Lisboa Card.
Opening hours: 9 am – 9 pm

São Jorge Castle

View from Sao Jorge Castle in Lisbon

Another place where you can get some really stunning views of Lisbon city, including that of the 25th April bridge and the Tagus River, is at São Jorge Castle.

Located at the summit of São Jorge hill, the castle is a mere 5-minute walk from the Alfama district.

Entrance tickets to the castle are pretty expensive (see below). I highly recommend going only if you are a history lover.

It does not make economic sense if you wish to head here only for the view. Instead, try Miradouro de Graça located a few minutes away.

Location: 5 min walk from Alfama
Entrance fee: €15 (probably one of the most expensive Lisbon attractions). The Lisboa Card does not offer discounts.
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm (9 pm in summer)

Santa Justa Elevator

Santa Justa Elevator is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon. It is crowded, but it is a great place for views!

Although the elevator’s viewing platform is not the highest in the city, it rewards you with charming views of central Lisbon, especially of Rossio Square.

Riding the 19th-century Neo-Gothic elevator in Lisbon is definitely the highlight of any Portugal itinerary.

But if you wish to avoid the crowds, you can also climb up a flight of stairs and access just the observation deck at a lower price. There still may be some waiting involved.

Location: Rua Santa Augusta (near Carmo Convent)
Entrance fee: €5.30 includes 2 journeys and access to the viewpoint, free with the Lisboa Card.
Opening hours: 7 am – 10 pm

National Pantheon

View from the National Pantheon in Lisbon
What a stunning and unique view of Lisbon from the National Pantheon terrace.

The National Pantheon of Lisbon was a favorite, not just because of the incredible views of Lisbon it provided on the outside but also because of the stunning views that it provided on the inside.

The Pantheon has an attractive marble floor (with beautiful geometric patterns and pastel shades) that you can view from the top of the stairs. And honestly, this view is stunning. Head to my post on the best things to do in Lisbon to understand what I am talking about.

But you should absolutely come here for the city views. Climb up the dome to an almost empty terrace for some gorgeous views of Alfama, the River Tagus, and beyond.

Location: Alfama
Entrance fee: €4. Free with the Lisboa Card.
Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm (check here for updated schedules).

Pro Tip: Enjoy some more gorgeous views of Alfama on this Guided Segway Tour.

Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

View of Lisbon National Pantheon from the terrace of Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora
View of the Lisbon National Pantheon from the Monastery of Sao Vincente de Fora.

The last two monuments on my list of best viewpoints in Lisbon are a little obscure and fall into the offbeat category in Lisbon. And that is what makes them so special. No crowds. No jostling for space to watch a breathtaking view.

First is São Vicente de Fora, a 17th-century Mannerist church and monastery. It features an exquisite Baroque entrance hall and some of the most beautiful azulejo panels in Portugal.

But, apart from that, the views from the roof are stunning. You can see the National Pantheon, the Alfama district, the Tagus River, and the 24th April Bridge at a distance.

Location: Largo de São Vicente, Alfama
Entrance fee: €8. No discounts with the Lisboa Card.
Opening hours: 9 am – 8 pm

Águas Livres Aqueduct

Aquas Livres Aqueduct in Lisbon - off the beaten path
The aqueduct is definitely one of the most unique viewpoints in Lisbon with a completely different view.

Well, this is the last one for my best views list for Lisbon and one of my favorites too. And that is because the views are so unlike what you will see in the rest of the city. The aqueduct gives you a totally different perspective.

First, I was so excited to walk on an aqueduct. We had never done this before, and it was one of the most awaited attractions on our family tour of Portugal.

Located in the Alcântara valley, the aqueduct is 19 km long and is one of the few structures that survived the 1755 earthquake.

Apart from being a wonderful example of 18th-century architectural prowess, the Lisbon aqueduct provides stunning vistas of different parts of the city on both sides.

From the aqueduct, you can see up to the 24th April Bridge and the Statue of Christ.

Location: Calcada da Quintinha 6
Entrance fee: €4. No discount with the Lisboa Card.
Opening hours: 10 am – 5:30 pm (Tue – Sun)

Other than these amazing viewpoints in Lisbon’s main city, there are a couple of good ones in Belem, too. You should definitely be spending a day in Belem to explore Jeronimos Monastery and Pasteis de Nata. Definitely, add those views to your kitty.

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Looking for the best views in Lisbon Portugal? Check out this epic Lisbon travel guide with the 10 best miradouros or viewpoints in Lisbon and enjoy stunning views of the Portuguese capital city.

Soumya is an acclaimed travel writer who has traveled to 30+ countries and lived in 8 while pursuing her passion for history and culture. Her writings have been published in BBC Travel, Architectural Digest, National Herald, and many more. She loves exploring world heritage sites and has a deep affinity for everything ancient, especially the lost civilizations of Mesoamerica!

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