Lisbon is known for being one of the hilliest cities around, in fact it’s known as the City of Seven Hills due to the seven largest inclinations in the city. It’s no surprise that a city like this has a billion amazing view points from which you can gaze over the entire city, or just certain little chunks of it. Keep reading for three viewpoints dotted across the city, which each provide their own unique take on Lisbon.
Castello São Jorge
Named for the hill atop it sits, Castello São Jorge has become one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist destinations. You can experience history, see a little bit of wildlife and experience some of the greatest views you’ll find in the city. Plus you won’t be able to get higher than this whilst in the city, São Jorge hill is the highest in Lisbon.
This fortress was built by the Visigoths in the fifth century, it was later enlarged and modified in the eleventh century by the Moors. Later it was transformed into a Royal Palace, heavily damaged by an earthquake and only restored in the late 1930’s
It gets crowded, so plan your visit carefully and allow enough time to fully explore the castle. Watch out for pigeons, my mate got pooed on whilst we were eating lunch at the castle.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Located in Belem, this extremely large sword represents the Portugese Age of Discovery, the 1400-1500s. This monument has been around since 1960, but it was only in 1985 that the public were able to experience the cultural centre and climb to the observation deck.
It’s only a few Euros to enter, and can be visited on the way to or from Belém Tower.
This is such a bizarrely unique place to visit, so I can’t recommend it enough. We only had enough time for the viewing platform, not the main museum, but the platform itself is kinda wild. It’s so thin, the railings aren’t THAT high, it’s super cool.
Alameda Santo António dos Capuchos
This street was very close to our Airbnb, and we found some of the best views in the cities weren’t those from tourist attractions, but from Lisbon’s famous tight streets and alleys. I spent a few hours walking aimlessly around the city, up and down this narrow streets, taking in views of beautiful, pastel buildings, washing blowing in the breeze and a real view of life in Lisbon.
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