Beyond the Cathedral (Sé) further up the hill, is one of the most romantic and beautiful spots in Lisbon. For those on foot ascending from the Baixa, the viewing platform or "Miradouro" at the Largo de Santa Luzia makes a great respite and a chance to catch one's breath, only to have it taken away again by the amazing panoramic views. Miradouro de Santa Luzia overlooks the steep slopes of the Alfama and the river beyond. The Alfama district is characterised by red roof tiles and the white domes of churches, which contrast magnificently with the rich blueness of the river.
The colourful beauty below is matched by the gardens that surround the terrace. The purple bloom of bougainvillaea vines that grow on the church walls and on top of a pergola is a striking contrast to the blue sky. A patchwork of small flower beds are bordered by low hedges lay in front of the terrace with a statue of the bust of Lisbon historian Júlio de Castilho at its heart. A lower terrace has a wading pool which is a draw for the youngsters. The "ding-ding" from a passing tram adds a melodic addition to the serenity.