Lisbon is one of the most exciting cities you can visit in Europe. Not only that, but it’s also steeped in history, has loads of things to do and lots of yummy restaurants, too. Not only that, you’ve got the magical, Sintra right on the city’s doorstep. All in all, it makes for an incredible city to visit; and that’s before we even mention all the best views in Lisbon to find.
There’s so much to see and do in the city, plus the nightlife is absolutely incredible so suffice it to say, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dull moment in Lisbon. That being said, there are so epic spots and the best view in Lisbon to find that you really shouldn’t miss.
Lisbon is covered with terraces also known as ‘miradouros’ where you can do just that. Plus, on top of that, there’s a heap of viewpoints you kinda can’t miss in the city that isn’t just vistas or high up.
You see, Lisbon is totally blessed as a hilly city, so this means you can get some of the best views in Lisbon at lots of places across the city.
Anyway, with that in mind, take a look at some of the best views in Lisbon to see. Have the best time exploring the city.
1. Castelo de São Jorge
If you walk along the walls of the São Jorge Castle, you will be rewarded with amazing views over the rest of the city that include the river and a maze of medieval buildings and houses. For me, this is one of the best views in Lisbon that you really shouldn’t miss.
Not only that, but the wall edges are a little shorter than you’d expect here though (especially in the middle) so it’d be understandable if you’re a tad scared of traversing the top of the walls here.
Afterwards, take a wander around the Alfama neighbourhood and explore some of the historic streets and tasty restaurants that are everywhere here.
2. Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
This is a garden located in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon so you can kinda come here for the little stroll and stay for the amazing view.
From this vantage point, you can see all the way over to Lisbon’s castle in the distance and many locals claim this is one of the most romantic spots in the city.
It’s perfect around sunset and one of the best views in Lisbon when strolling the city.
3. Passeio das Tágides
A place with a view but not one that relies on you having to scale new heights.
Instead, take in the beautiful view of Lisbon’s glassy marina from the boardwalk that crosses it for some of the nicest vistas in the city. It’s totally gorgeous on a nice sunny day and a really great way to stroll across the promenade, too.
4. Miradouro das Portos do Sol
This hilltop terrace is a great spot to take in the vistas over the city.
From this height, you can see all the medieval buildings that dot the horizon as well as the signature white stucco homes that Lisbon is known for. It’s a great place for a stroll and to see some of the best views in Lisbon.
It’s a totally stunning area of Lisbon to explore and well worth it whilst walking around the hilly parts of the city.
5. Elevador de Santa Justa
The Santa Justa Elevator is perhaps the prime place to visit if you are looking for a scenic spot in the city.
From this elevation, you will have panoramic views that stretch down to the river and all the way to the north of Lisbon. Honestly, the views from the top are gorgeous.
That’s the thing I noticed most about Lisbon, too. You don’t need to scale the highest points in the city to find some of the best views in Lisbon. They’re everywhere and some of the best perspectives are from lower heights.
This is totally great if you get vertigo as you won’t need to worry about some unnecessary heights, too.
Also, we found the most amazing artists apartment to stay in whilst in Lisbon. We found this amazing place for eight of us on Airbnb.
6. Miradouro da Graça
This serene terrace is a favourite spot with locals and visitors alike. From here you can admire the castle, the river, and the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge.
7. Arco da Rua Agusta
Those who climb to the top of this ceremonial arch in Lisbon will without a doubt be well-rewarded for their troubles.
From up here, you will be able to bask in breathtaking views of the picturesque downtown district.
8. Parque Eduardo VII
The central park in Lisbon is known for its rolling hills and undulating lawns.
As you wander around here, look back over the downtown area of the city for views that stretch as far as the river.
We stayed near here on our second visit and booked the Ritz Four Seasons. We loved it.
9. Miradouro de Santa Luzia
The views from this terrace stretch all the way to the National Pantheon building.
Not only that, but this terrace is known for being covered in dropping grapevines which makes it one of the most romantic spots in the city.
Okay, so technically Sintra isn’t in Lisbon but right on the outskirts of the city. That being said, it’s one incredible place to visit for a day trip that’s totally gorgeous.
Not only that, but there’s also a heap of the best views in Lisbon to get from the palaces and ruins themselves. The whole UNESCO protected area is stunning and well worth driving (30-minutes) or taking the train (40-minutes) to explore.
We totally love our trip here and it’s so pretty and unique.
11. Miradouro de Santa Catarina
If you prefer to linger as you take in a view, then this is the place for you.
Santa Catarina terrace is home to a cafe, so you can while away the hours in the cafe with drinks while enjoying the fantastic view of the city.