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Lisbon’s viewpoints overlooking the Tagus River

Lisbon is a city full of viewpoints. Although it’s easy to get lost in its charming streets, the best way to discover Lisbon is from the River Tagus.

View of Lisbon's neighborhoods from the S Jorge Castle viewpoint

The river is an important part of Lisbon’s history, having been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, it is one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offering spectacular views of its main landmarks and the city skyline.

Suggested viewpoints overlooking the river

The city of Lisbon has many panoramic viewpoints that offer spectacular views of the Tagus River and its riverbanks. Here is a carefully chosen selection of some viewpoints, with free admission and more.

Free viewpoints

– Santa Luzia viewpoint

This viewpoint is popular for its unique tile decoration and its view of the river Tagus. Inserted in the labyrinthine streets of Alfama, it also has a kiosk with a terrace where you can see the panels by António Quaresma. These panels depict what Commerce Square looked like before the earthquake that devastated the city and the taking of São Jorge Castle from the Moors.

– Viewpoint of the Rock of Conde de Óbidos

Located opposite the port of Lisbon and next to the National Ancient Art Museum, it’s a pleasant space surrounded by very diverse fauna and flora. This viewpoint conquers not only for its simplicity, but also for being the best place to photograph the Tagus in the late afternoon, as this is when the sun sets at Almada’s highest point.

– São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint

What makes the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint truly captivating are its stunning panoramic views. You can admire the hill of São Jorge Castle, the Lisbon Cathedral and much more. At night, the city lights create an enchanting and romantic setting, especially during the Christmas season. The viewpoint is located in Bairro Alto, close to many restaurants, bars and stores. So after enjoying the view, you can easily explore the neighborhood and discover more of what Lisbon has to offer.

Senhora do Monte Viewpoint

The Senhora do Monte viewpoint is located in the parish of São Vicente, in Graça, and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Lisbon. Being at the highest point of the Graça district, it gives visitors an excellent panoramic view of the city, with the Mouraria, São Jorge Castle and the Tagus River as a backdrop.

As with other viewpoints, you may find a street musician there, making the experience even more special.

Paid viewpoints

– Discoveries Monument viewpoint

The Discoveries Monument is a monument built in honor of Prince Henry the Navigator and all the 32 historical personalities who contributed to the Age of Discoveries. The viewpoint, 50 meters above the ground, has a wonderful view over the Belém area. From here you can see the river, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the south bank of the Tagus.

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– São Jorge Castle viewpoint

Lisbon’s most iconic viewpoint is part of a series of competing viewpoints in the surrounding area. With a monumental view of the city of Lisbon, it also has plenty of shade, helping to protect you from the strong rays of the sun that intensify in the summer. In addition to the wonderful views, you can always enjoy the garden.

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– Pillar 7 Experience

The Pilar 7 Experience, located near the Santo Amaro Dock, offers a unique view of the 25 de Abril Bridge. You can climb to the top of this pillar and enjoy incredible panoramic views of Lisbon and the River Tagus. After exploring this experience, you can end the day with a relaxing boat trip on the River Tagus. During the sunset, you’ll see a spectacle of colors in the sky, contrasting with the monuments.

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– Belém Tower viewpoint

The Belém Tower viewpoint is more than just a tourist stop, it’s an experience that will take you back to the Age of Discovery. This viewpoint is located on the walls of the Belém Tower and you can see the 25 de Abril Bridge and The Discoveries Monument, paying homage to the great explorers of the past. It is also common to find exhibitions and events related to the Portuguese Discoveries.

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Safety precautions when observing the sights

Although the views of Lisbon from the Tagus River are spectacular, it is important to take some safety precautions:

– Use sunscreen

The sun can be strong in Lisbon, especially during the summer. Make sure you use sunscreen to avoid sunburn and always drink plenty of water.

– Watch out for crowds

Lisbon’s views of the Tagus River are popular with tourists, so it’s important to be aware of the crowds. Keep your belongings close and watch out for any suspicious activity.

– Comfortable clothing

The streets of Portugal’s capital have different types of terrain, so it’s very important to wear comfortable shoes. A hat or cap is also recommended.

S Jorge Castle on top of the hill
S Jorge Castle on top of the hill

The best way to end your day is watching Lisbon from the Tagus. Let yourself be enchanted and end your day with a smile on your face and a heart full of beautiful memories!

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