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São Pedro de Alcântara | Best Views In Lisbon

April 21, 2019

São Pedro de Alcântara is my personal favourite and undoubtedly one of the best views in Lisbon!  This hilltop viewpoint offers a breathtaking and alluring panoramic view of Lisbon city centre, the Alfama neighbourhood and São Jorge Castle and its cobblestoned walls. This is one of the most sought out terraces in lisbon and well worth the trek! It is a favourite for the Lisbon Directory on our various guided tours to family & friends! 

Best Views In Lisbon

São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint & Terrace

Or, if you would rather save your legs, you can hitch a lift with the “Glória” elevator from downtown Lisbon to reach this beautiful viewpoint. There is a telescope you can use for spying or enjoy a moment in the garden alongside your favourite statue of heroes and gods from Roman and Greek mythology.

This terrace is one of favourite, it is actually impossible to have a favorite in my view (get it?) because they all are spectacular in their own right. This is one of the more accessible terraces and nicely placed within the heart of town between Chiado, Barrio Alto & Príncipe Real. All regular haunts for the Lisbon Directory crew.

If you want, as I have many times before, you can roll down the hill, foregoing the funicular, and head into Rossio gaining momentum as you go. It’s a very steep, long, but charismatic roll into town. I personally love it.

Or, if you prefer, you can take a drink in one of the usual obligatory kiosks and grab a seat by the fountain. There will undoubtedly be a fado musician and some sardines being grilled nearby. When you have had enough you can either walk a bit further up the hill to Príncipe Real and some more very beautiful gardens, or head straight on over to clubland barrio alto, home of the brave! I recommend a cheeky drink in the very unique Pavilhão Chinês before you go anywhere! 

More Terraces & Viewpoints:

Since the city is built on seven hills, (I have counted at least 200) the city has some amazing unique terraces and viewpoints to take in. These points offer some alluring and interesting perspectives into the city and its neighbourhoods. São Pedro De Alcântara Viewpoint is not just the only viewpoint to enjoy, you can check out some, or all, of our selection of the best views in Lisbon!

  • The Amoreiras 360 Panoramic View, situated on the rooftop of the Amoreiras Shopping Mall in the old part of the city, is the top most sought spot to view and capture both the old and new city of Lisbon.
  • The Miradouro do Monte Agudo is another viewpoint not to miss. One of the most romantic viewpoints in Lisbon, this is also one of the most underrated. A warm and quiet place, it is best for viewing the sunset and enjoying a quiet evening with your partner.
  • The insides of the Castelo de Sao Jorge has hidden a cute little viewpoint called the Miradouro do Recolhimento. Resembling a private courtyard in a mansion, this square-shaped viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Graca quarter and the river, while a row of olive trees provides the shade. This is an unusual viewpoint as it is set in a former political prison. The Museu do Aljube is a museum that functions inside the prison displaying the records of Portuguese history. However, it has a cute little cafe set in the top floor offering an excellent viewpoint for the visitors while they sit back and relax over a cup of coffee.
  • Miradouro de Santo Estevão, a viewpoint located in a church in Alfama, offers intimate views of the quaint, cobbled streets, and terracotta-roofed ancient village.
  • Bored of just looking and what to get in on some tourist action? Then click on the following link to view our full list of the very best of lisbon!

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