Miradouro de Santa Luzia – one of the best places to take photos in Lisbon

The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is one of the best places to take photos in Lisbon; not so much for the views, which are fantastic, but for the beautiful contrasting colors found in the garden.

A contrast of white walls, blue azulejo tile, and purple bougainvillea in the garden of the Igreja de Santa Luzia Church in Lisbon

What to expect at Miradouro de Santa Luzia

View of the dome of the National Pantheon and Santo Estevao church in Lisbon from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia over the Alfama neighborhood
The domed building on the left is the National Pantheon where several Portuguese heroes are buried. On the right is the Igreja de Santo Estevão church.

This beautifully landscaped terrace is next door to the Church of Santa Luzia (St. Lucy).  It is one of the most romantic sites in Lisbon and offers fantastic sunsets.

Miradouro de Santa Lluzia has vine-covered pergolas above tiled benches overlooking the Tejo River in Lisbon

The white chapel stands in beautiful contrast to the pink and purple bougainvillea flowers that dominate the terrace.  Also adding to the scene is the contrasting blue of the old azulejo tile. The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is a photographer’s delight.

Whitewashed walls, blue azulejo, and purple bougainvillea flowers at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint in Lisbon

There are two significant tile panels by artist Antonio Quaresma.  One depicts Lisbon before it was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.  The other blue and white mosaic shows the conquest of Lisbon from the Moors in 1147.

Blue and white tile panel by António Quaresma depicting Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake.  The panel is located at Lisbon's Miradouro de Santa Luzia.
Tile panel by artist António Quaresma showing Lisbon and Praça do Comércio prior to the destruction of the 1755 earthquake

In the center of the bougainvillea garden is a bust of Lisbon historian Júlio de Castilho.

Bust of historian Julio de Castilho surrounded by bougainvillea flowers at Lisbon's Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Visitors can sit on tiled benches under a pergola and take in views of the National Pantheon – the building with the large dome that dominates the Alfama skyline, as well as the churches of St. Steven and St. Michael with its two bell towers.

Tiled benches below a pergola at Lisbon's Miradouro de Santa Luzia

There is also a reflecting pool in the garden of the church.

Behind the church, heading uphill a few steps, you will find the stunning Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

How to get to Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Rua do Limoeiro, Alfama

GPS Coordinates:  38.71190068694179, -9.13024011758335

Trams 12 and 28 both depart from Praça Martim Moniz. Tram 12 will have a much shorter line. Both stop right in front of the Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

Bus 737 departs from Praça da Figueira. It stops almost in front of the Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Get off at the Limoeiro stop, just past the cathedral. If you do not get off there, the bus will turn left and head uphill to the doors of the castle.

Another option is to follow the Tram 28 tracks and walk uphill from the Baixa flatland.

Hours and Admission for the Santa Luzia viewpoint

The miradouro is free of charge and open 24 hours a day.

What else is near the Miradouro de Santa Luzia?

For information about other miradouros or scenic viewpoints in Lisbon, read my article, Lisbon’s Best Miradouros and Scenic Viewpoints – A visitor’s guide

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