Lisbon’s highest bird’s eye view and one of our favorites is found on the terrace, Miradouro da Graca.
From Miradouro da Graca you see the city’s sweeping panoramic views of colorful terracotta rooftops, Castle Jorge, numerous churches and cathedrals, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue) sprawling out before you. Plus, the historic neighborhoods of Mouraria, Alfama, and downtown Lisbon.
Located on hill Santo Andre, the highest of the seven hills in Lisbon, Miradouro da Graca is also home to one of Lisbon’s oldest churches, Graca Church, built in 1271, which opens onto the terrace. Out front, a small statue of the Virgin watches over the city, offering solace for visitor’s prayers when the church is closed.
This spot is also famous because the poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (yes, her name is a mouthful) spent much of her writing career on this terrace composing poetry as she watched over her city. A bust and plaque featuring one of her poems is on site, but you must know Portuguese to read the poem.
In the afternoons, you’ll find a mixture of locals, tourists, artists and souvenir vendors mingling with drinks, socializing and enjoying the view. As one of the best spots in the city to watch the sun go down, early arrival is a must if you want a decent watching place along the railing because the terrace does get crowded with other sunset lovers.
Getting to Miradouro da Graca is as simple as climbing the hill from Alfama. It’s also one of the most challenging ways. For those looking for an easier route, consider taking the famous tram #28 or buses 712 or 726. All will drop you off close enough to easily walk the rest of the way and give you a chance to admire several nice examples of Lisbon’s famous tiles buildings along the way. Or you can have one of Lisbon’s many tuk-tuk drivers zip you up the hill, dropping you off right at the base of the terrace (how we got there).
>> Check out also the bird’s eye view over Sintra and bird’s eye view over Lisbon from the Santa Justa lift.