As a city built on seven hills, Lisbon isn’t short of high-up vantage points. Three of the best views over the city are from the castle on São Jorge hill, the Miradouro de Graça, and the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara above the Bairro Alto.
My favorite place to get a bird’s eye view over Lisbon isn’t on one of the hills, however, but from the top of the Santa Justa Lift. This amazing metal structure was designed by a Portuguese engineer who is rumored to have been a student of Gustave Eiffel and was opened in 1902.
To get to the top of the elevator you can either travel up from the lowest level or (to avoid the queues) you can walk up the hill to the entrance beside the ruined Carmo Convent. Pay the small entrance fee and then climb up the tight spiral staircase to the viewing platform above the elevator.
The views are spectacular at any time of the day, but even more so at sunset, when you can see the warm glow of the sun pass over the Cathedral before it vanishes below the castle as the lights of the Baixa neighborhood start to come on. It’s definitely a must-do in Lisbon.
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