Miradouro de Santa Catarina – The Tejo facing view
Hilltop sites presenting unobstructed views of Lisbon are called Miradouros, Portuguese for panoramic viewpoints. These miradouros are usually the highest point of each peak in Lisbon, the City of 7 hills. Each miradouro offers different aspects of the city views, with clear sightings of popular landmarks along with the natural beauty of the city and the sea of rooftops, amidst a calming atmosphere.
These hilltop terraces are popular with locals and visitors and, also, busy during day and night. Night sights allow viewers to enjoy the picture of the lighted city coming alive.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina viewpoint) is one of the popular miradouros, where there is a nice cafe and prominent landmark of a mythical character. The statue of Adamastor, a mythical monster from sea, overlooks the ideal spot for prime views of the harbour. Facing the Tagus River (rio Tejo) it’s a popular terrace that presents clear views of the Lisbon harbor and the surrounding neighborhood of Madragoa.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina in Lisbon is also known for its clear view of the stunning ‘25 de Abril’ Bridge, known for its similar appearance to the Golden Bridge in San Francisco. The night views of the lit suspension bridge are spectacular by any standard and Statue of Christ the King (Estatua do Cristo Rei) can also be spotted from this viewpoint.
The pleasant Miradouro is perfect to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening with loved ones or simply in contemplative solitude. One can enjoy snacks and meals from the popular cafe and bar restaurants at the terrace. Feeling the cool breeze, and relishing the sight of the vast river, amidst singing and laughter create a very special atmosphere at Miradouro de Santa Catarina in Lisbon.