Want to enjoy sweeping 360° views of the Lisbon skyline? Let us introduce to two of the most sought out viewpoints in Lisbon, Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol.
Perched high on top of the hill in the historic Alfama neighborhood, these longtime favorites are sure to delight. It is not without reason that they are on the itinerary of almost every Lisbon visitor.
Read here details about the view, the atmosphere, the best time to visit and other tips.
Let’s start with Miradouro de Santa Luzia. After, we will take a look at Miradouro das Portas do Sol!
1. Miradouro de Santa Luzia
The Miradouro de Santa Luzia, or Santa Luzia viewpoint, is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in all of Lisbon. With its stunning views over the Alfama district and lovely azulejo tiled benches, it's no wonder why.
From the landscaped two-level terrace, you have a perfect view of the maze of narrow streets, colorful homes and beautiful churches of the Alfama neighborhood.
If you look closely, you can even spot the white dome of the National Pantheon, the church of Santo Estêvão, and the spires of São Miguel church. The view extends to the Tagus River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes you can see cruise ships leaving or arriving in the area.
The benches, decorated with the finest azulejo tiles, together with the stunning backdrop, make the perfect place for photos. It has become one of the most instagrammable spots in the city.
Set in a small garden area, with a fountain and a rectangular pond, the Miradouro de Santa Luzia is arguably one of the most romantic spots in the city.
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The intimate and cozy atmosphere that emanates from the lookout’s lower level is enhanced by the Church of Santa Luzia, covered with beautiful pink bougainvillea, located next to the terrace. Street performers often enrich the neighborhood by creating a lively atmosphere enjoyed by all visitors, while artists frequent the neighborhood to sell handicrafts.
Sitting here, enjoying the view and listening to the iconic tram rumble by, you can really soak up the flair of Lisbon's historic heart. If you are lucky, you can even hear the sounds of fado echoing in the distance.
The upper level, on the other hand, offers a small café where you can enjoy the magnificent view with a bite to eat or a drink.
Best Time to Visit
The viewpoint is spectacular at any time of day, but it is most magical at sunset. For those who prefer to enjoy the view by themselves, it is best to visit the terrace early in the morning, when it is not yet so crowded.
The pergola-covered lookout is also an ideal place for sunny days, with the Atlantic breeze providing relief for visitors on hot summer afternoons.
Not to be missed
Take a look at the southern exterior wall of the adjacent church of Santa Luzia, founded by the Knights of Malta. There you will see two murals made of azulejos tiles. One shows Praça do Comércio and the old royal palace before the great earthquake of 1755, the other the attack of the Crusaders on São Jorge Castle in the 12th century.
Largo Santa Luzia, Lisboa, Portugal
- The Alfama neighborhood is a great place to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a glass of wine at one of Lisbon's best bars.
2. Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Just a few minutes up the hill stands the popular and very lively Miradouro das Portas do Sol viewpoint. Like its neighbor, it offers fantastic views that will make you fall head over heels in love with the city.
From the lookout balcony, you can enjoy a panoramic view that stretches across Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, Alfama, down to the river and across to the opposite banks of the Tagus. Admire the sea of terra-cotta rooftops and cobblestone streets, a true Lisbon experience.
The view from this location is unique as it looks directly at the São Vicente de Fora Monastery. This sight makes the spot a popular area for postcard worthy pictures.
While Santa Luzia charms with its romantic setting, Miradouro das Portas do Sol attracts with its unique and vibrant energy. The viewpoint is surrounded by several plazas and fountained areas where street musicians play for locals and tourists from all over the world who like to gather here.
You can also find one of the most popular kiosks of the city, making it the ideal place to slow down and enjoy a refreshing glass of sangria and a delicious pastry.
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Best Time to Visit
If you come at dusk, you will be enchanted by the new hues that the buildings take on in the light of the setting sun.
Not to be missed
Near the viewpoint, you will find a statue holding a boat marked by two ravens. This statue is Saint Vincent, the patron saint of Lisbon.
Largo Portas do Sol, Lisboa, Portugal
How to Get to Santa Luzia & Portas do Sol Viewpoints?
The two viewpoints are located just a few meters apart in the Alfama district, a short distance from São Jorge Castle.
The best way to reach them is to walk up from the Baixa neighborhood, which allows you to discover the charm of the historic neighborhood.
If you prefer to go by Lisbon's public transportation, take the Bus 737 that stops at the corner of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, or the tram (12 or 28 to Lg. Portas Sol stop).
- Interested in the historic Alfama district? The self-guided Taste of Alfama Tour by YourMobileGuide will lead you to both viewpoints and other important sights of the old neighborhood, while also introducing you to the culinary side of Lisbon.
Now you know all about two of the most stunning viewpoints of the city. Since they are only a few minutes away from each other, we recommend you to visit both of them and let the special flair work its magic on you.
If you want to get to know the other treasures hidden in the historic Alfama district, check out our Guide to Alfama and our article on a Three Day Itinerary in Lisbon, covering Alfama, the main highlights and Belém.