My Favorite Miradouro

The golden views of Lisbon’s golden hills–there are way more than seven–you can capture from the vantage point of many miradouros across the city.

My very favorite I’ve found so far is the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte in the Graça neighborhood. Gathering together all of the elements that make a good miradouro, Senhora do Monte is watched over by its own lady saint, with a capela in the corner and a heavenly view.

A mural of azulejos shows the cityscape of Lisboa as it stretches out below, extending across the buildings and alleyways to the Castelo de São Jorge across the way, past the Praça Martim Moniz, and over to the banks of the Rio Tejo.

A view to the Castelo de São Jorge from Senhora do Monte

There are little cafés and shady spots to bring your own picnic, plus a host of people-watching on any given afternoon. Like many of the city’s viewpoints, Senhora do Monte is best at sunset, and that’s when most people collect there, for those few shining moments.

After you’ve taken in your fill, you can decamp to the courtyard of the Tings Lisbon hotel just down the street, for a bottle of vinho tinto or a cocktail, in your own oasis of serenity in the heart of the city.

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