There is no doubt that Lisbon is not the easiest city to walk because of its 7 hills. Still, it may just have some of the best views any city can offer. Throughout Lisbon hills you can find viewpoints that offer a great chance to relax over breathtaking views.
Here’s just a few of them:
– Santa Cataria viewpoint – this terrace is a great place to relax for a while either at the quiosk or at the Noobai café. With great views over the city and river, this is a popular hangout for the city’s bohemian crowd;
– São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint – just by Bairro Alto this is one of the most popular viewpoints with a pleasant garden and great views over the Castle;
– Santa Luzia viewpoint – this small terrace offers views of Alfama rooftops, all the way down to the river and the dome of National Pantheon;
– Portas do Sol viewpoint – this is another popular viewpoint in Lisbon from where you can see the medieval maze and whitewashed monuments of the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Alfama, all the way down to the river;
– Graça viewpoint – further up and now facing the west, Graça’s viewpoint trees provide shade for a snack with amazing views over city, the river and the bridge;
– S. Jorge’s Castle – here you have the most complete view of all Lisbon, its redtile rooftops, the river all the way to the ocean and the bridge;
– Christ Monument – on the south bank of the river, right above the bridge, the Christ monument offers another and a different view of the whole city.
Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the Castle and Tagus river.
Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning fountains or baths. This medieval district (once a Moorish and Jewish quarter before it became a fishing community) is by far Lisbon’s most emblematic quarter. A village inside the city, made of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses that survived the 1755 earthquake thanks to its foundations on dense bedrock adorned with tile panels, pots of flowers and laundry hanging on a line from the balconies.
There is no better way to discover Alfama neighborhood than putting away your maps and getting lost in its streets, alleys and small squares, allowing your senses to be the guides. Along the way you will experience some magnificent views of the city and river, smell some of the freshest fish being grilled around the corner, hear the sounds of Fado coming out of a restaurant and visit some amazing churches.