Miradouro de Santa Catarina
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Miradouro de Santa Catarina

Welcome to the vibrant Santa Catarina district in Lisbon, a charming neighbourhood known for its lively atmosphere and breathtaking views. One of its main highlights is the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, a scenic viewpoint offering stunning panoramic vistas of the Tagus River, the 25 de Abril Bridge, and the iconic Cristo Rei statue. This beloved Miradouro is a must-visit spot for tourists and locals alike, perfect for catching a picturesque sunset or simply relaxing with friends.

Santa Catarina boasts a rich cultural scene, with an array of traditional Portuguese cafés, trendy bars, and inviting restaurants serving delicious cuisine. The district's narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with colourful buildings and historic architecture, making it a joy to explore on foot.

The neighbourhood is also home to the Adamastor statue, a mythical figure from the Portuguese epic "The Lusiads" by Luís de Camões. This imposing sculpture stands at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, adding a touch of literary history to the picturesque surroundings.

Santa Catarina's lively nightlife, vibrant street art, and local markets add to its appeal, making it a fantastic destination for those seeking an authentic Lisbon experience. Whether you're soaking in the stunning views or wandering the district's charming streets, Santa Catarina promises an unforgettable visit.


Miradouro de Santa Catarina
The Adamastor Statue in the Miradouro de Santa Catarina
One fun way to get to the Miradouro de Santa Catarina is by taking a ride on the Elevador da Bica which has been chugging its way through the neighbourhood since 1892. The huge stone sculpture here represents the mythical figure Adamastor from the epic poem "The Lusiads" by Luís Vaz de Camões ( c.1524/5 – 1580). The character symbolises the Cape of Torment the original name of the Cape of Good Hope and where so many Portuguese ships were wrecked trying to round the southern tip of Africa.

The café on the terrace, Quiosque do Adamastor, is open until 10pm and serves a decent range of café meals and drinks. There's outdoor seating and tables although it's far more trendy to sit on the grassy hill under a canopy of trees. During early evenings the Miradouro is visited by Lisbon's bohemian crowd. Cold beer is drunk and the air is filled with the sound of buskers and the aroma of spliff. The atmosphere is chilled out and the cool breezes feel refreshing after a hot day.

Miradouro de Santa Catarina, 1200-012 Lisboa, Portugal | 38° 42' 34.6" N | 09° 08' 51.5" W

Getting to the Miradouro de Santa Catarina

Elevador da Bica, 25E
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