Views of Lisbon, Lisbon
Favorite thing: Miradouro in portuguese means view point and there are many miradouros around Lisbon. The one I liked the most is miradouro near the Castelo de São Jorge in the center of the city. From up there ou can see Praça do Comercio, Baixa, river Tejo, the statue of Cristo Rei... It's just spectacular!
I took this Praça do Comércio pic (Commerce Square) from the ferry , also known as Palace Square (Terreiro do Paço).
This is one of the most magnificent squares of Lisbon and was once the main maritime entrance to Lisbon. The name Palace Square is clearly a reference to the Palace that was located here for 400 years, until the 1755 earthquake that almost completely destroyed it.
We love aerial views and usually climb a tower in every place we visit, but in Lisbon that was not even necessary:
the first aerial view we had was from the plane, since those planes fly across the city when landing. Spectacular!!
Other great places for aerial views are:
- castello Sao Jorge
- elevador Santa Justa
Another splendid view is from Bairro Alto over the city and the Castelo.
In order to get there take this tram-like Elevador da Gloria from Praca dos Restauradores.
FUN but don't expect a long journey it's an EXTRA-short trip, lol!
There are couple of good view points (Miradouros) in Lisbon.
One of them is Miradouro Santa Lucia from which the roofs of Alfama and the white top of the impressive Mosteiro de San Vicente can be seen.
From the hills of Castelo there´s also a good view to this Igreja de Santa Graca, once the greatest church in Lisboa. From the church itself there´s a great view towards the city.
Houses.Big houses or little,old or vey old but a lot of them with tiles all over façade…
…and above all little pieces of art from tiles with The Saint Patron of its owners .And tiles…tiles, everywhere tiles.
Favorite thing: During the spring and summer months it is possible to take a 2-hour river cruise that leaves from Comercio Square. From there it passes by Alfama towards Parque das Nacoes. It then returns to the center towards Belem (where you can get the same views of Belem Tower that the explorers had when they departed from there), and finally back to Comercio Square.
A mini cruise is a real must in order to enjoy Lisbon, a city overlooking the river Tagus (Tejo) and the ocean.
Centuries of history will emerge from its monuments scattered along the hills.
I could see the cruises and wondered how fantastic should be a cruise on the river Tagus.
I didn’t go on a mini cruise but I crossed the river in Ferry boat, I could enjoy the views as well. :-)))
Much like Rome, Lisbon is built on seven hills and from each of these hills you can look out over the city and the river below. Seeing the sweeping views is impressive, but be prepared to navigate the steep and often leg-cramping hills. Your efforts (or that of a tram or taxi) will be rewarded with great photo opportunities. Elevated viewpoints are always an effective way to get oriented when you're visiting a city for the first time, so I'd recommend climbing on your first day in town. Take a map and you'll get a sense of the layout of the town.
This is a shot through the beautifully decorated ironworks on a window at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia in the Alfama.
Favorite thing: Lisbon has so many great vantage points from which to observe the brightly colored roofs and facades. On our first day in town, we walked through a misty rain up into the historic Alfama district. The sun shone through the wet air and the combination of light and wetness made the buildings sparkle. The red roofs and the pastel shades make the atmosphere almost festive, even on a quiet, rainy day.
You can see the best perspective of Lisbon if you cross 25th April bridge and visit "Cristo Rei".
You'll see from Algés to Parque das Nações if you catch clean sky.
Fondest memory: In Cristo Rei pay attention to some monuments, churches and riverside.
The 25th April bridge is enormous and very beautiful in this picture.
Favorite thing: In Lissabon there are a few places from where you can enjoy nice views over the roofs of the town. One is the top of one of the elevator (Elvadores) wich connects the higher part of the town with the lower part (sorry don't know the name anymore) the other is from the castle wich you can see in the background.
Favorite thing: Since Lisbon is laid out over seven hills, there are an awful lot of great lookout points throughout the city, where you can see the red roofs of the houses laid out below. Some of these are formal miradouros maintained by the city, and some are just good viewing spots. This photo was taken at the Miradouro da Santa Luzia. The Mosteiro de São Vicente da Fora is in the background.
Castelo de São Jorge
The hill where the castle of Lisbon is situated offers definitely the most impressive views of the city. To the west you see the Tejo bridge glittering in the sun and the city’s quarters Baixa, the lower part of the old town and Bairro Alto, the higher part. The Castelo itself dates back to the 12th century and was damaged by two earthquakes in the past. Now it is restored and one of the first sights everyone is heading to. The park is very pleasant if you want to lay down in the sun and read a little bit or just relax and breathe in the fresh air.
Miradouro Santa Luzia, view of Alfama
Along the route of “eléctrico 28” there is a good view of the Alfama quarter. You see the red roofs fitting into eachother and in the background the river Tejo to the east. At the miradouro there is a lovely open air café where you can get a good espresso (called “uma bica”). This picture was not taken there!