Lisbon is lucky enough to have some wonderful viewpoints – as you would expect from the City of Seven Hills. They are known as ‘miradouros’ and signposted, although you might have to be eagle eyed to spot them as they are often obscured or tucked away. The best thing is to follow your nose; take a peek down those narrow alleyways, head up to the castle, track down the best rooftop bars – you will almost certainly be rewarded with a view to die for.
As The Lumiares is situated right at the top of one of those hills we have a clutch of miradouros on our doorstep. We wanted to share some of our favourites (but bear in mind there are LOTS more!) – all within walking distance or a short tram ride away.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara – just across the road from Lumi and next to the famous Gloria Funicular, this is quite possibly the finest viewpoint in Lisbon. The view takes in the castle as well as a sweeping panoramic of Alfama, Mouraria, Martim Moniz, Baixa (downtown), and the Tagus. Enjoy it from the comfort of a folding chair and a coffee in hand from the quiosque.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina – a more lively spot frequented by locals and best visited at sunset. It is known locally as ‘Adamastor’ after the large statue that looms over the space (of a mythical creature who symbolises the forces Portuguese sailors had to overcome during the voyages of discovery). In the old days this was where people gathered to watch the ships go by and today it still boasts great views of the Tagus and the 25 de Abril bridge…
Miradouro do Elevador Santa Justa – if you can face an early start it’s worth making a beeline for the Santa Justa lift first thing – it’s only round the corner from Lumi so won’t take long to get there. This viewpoint is right at the top and can only take 29 visitors at a time, so queues build up quickly. It really is worth it though for those stunning 360° views…
Miradouro de Castelo de São Jorge – The Moorish castle that dominates Lisbon’s skyline – occupying as it does the highest of Lisbon’s seven hills – doesn’t disappoint on the view stakes. Catch Tram 28 which takes you as far as Miradouro de Santa Luzia and head up to the castle from there. Although little of the castle remains today you can still wander the walls and explore the surviving towers – and get distracted by amazing views around every corner.
Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII – in complete contrast to the hustle and bustle and narrow streets of Bairro Alto and Alfama, head to the open spaces of this park which offer a wonderful and unobstructed view across Lisbon. Take a tuk tuk there and then walk back to Lumi – downhill most of the way!
The Lumi map includes all of these miradouros plus some old favourites, all highlighted under ‘Lisbons light’. Grab a copy from the front desk before you head out and if you’ve time tag #Lisbonbybomporto so we can follow along with your travels…
And after all that exploring when you’re in need of a break, seek out one of the many rooftop bars that are dotted across the city. Not forgetting of course that the bar closest to home is our very own Lumi Rooftop with one of the best views in town. Cheers!
Images by João Miguel Simões @jmigsimoes