Views of Lisbon, Lisbon
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.
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.
Most castles still keep inside it a small "village" generally carefully preserved.
Lisbon's castle is no exception, but preservation is something for a long time forgotten. In recent years people started seriously to care, but ruin is a menace to many buildings, forbidden to change the external look and not suitable to modern life.
"Wow! What a lovely colour! What tree is that?"
I couldn't answer to my friend Jordan, marveled by the colours of Lisbon in June.
Now I know - it's Jacaranda. One of the beautiful trees that, in many avenues, shine under Lisbon's sun.
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: If you plan to visit the castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) that sits high on the hill overlooking downtown Lisbon, then you will take a bus or tram, or you might even opt for a nice hike up the hill, that will bring you EXACTLY to the overlook in Alfama called Miradouro da Graca. Take a moment to walk over and look, the river Tagus sits below you and the Vaso de Gama bridge lies off to your left.
Favorite thing: All around Lisbon are paths and squares made up of small square blocks. They are all hand chipped and shaped so that fit amazing well together. The use of mosaic paving style came into being in 1840 with the use of basalt and marble blocks in black and white. Today craftsman mainly use their skills for patching roads and paving.
From Castelo São Jorge you can see Lisbon’s old town, the river but also a more modern part of the city. It’s beautiful when the sun is going down and the river shines with its light.
Is also a “must see” of the city and one of the main attractions, but in lower and middle season it’s quite quiet.
Climbing to the top of the towers is also “mandatory” even if the stairs seem too steep, but it’s all worth it.
To get to the Castle, just catch the bus at Praça da Figueira (737) or prepare yourself to climb to the top!
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.
Favorite thing: Around Lisbon you will see several buildings with their façade’s covered in giant paintings. Some are displaying advertising while others have renovations going on behind the covers which depict what the building will look like when work has been completed.
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
It's not easy to find a place too choose, but definately somewhere near the Tagus River. Maybe a restaurant or bar, or the ancient place of EXpo 98 now Parque das Naçoes. See the river, the water, the gardens and the light bathing this space. And there just look a few moments to the silence of the waters, to the birds singing, and to the people walking...
Fondest memory: What is better in Lisbon is the morning light, the morning light hiting the facades tiles, making the water shinny, and the streets cheerful.
go up to the castle and enjoy a good view of town.
Fondest memory: Stroling through all the winding alleys and walks enjoying lovely seafood. Tramrides are a fun way of exploring town, never knew they could climb such steep hills. Alternatively try one of the elevators to get from downtown to uptown wherelse can you do that?
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.