Lisbon’s Miradouro de Santa Catarina scenic viewpoint is a great spot to relax during the daytime, and it is a happening spot at sunset every night. Here is what you need to know.
What to expect at Miradouro de Santa Catarina
The miradouro or “Golden viewpoint” opened in 1883. It was renovated in 2013.
From here you can see the 25 of April Bridge, the Christ Statue on the other side of the Tejo River, the river itself, and houses in the neighborhood below.
Locals refer to this viewpoint as Adamastor. Adamastor is the mythical creature created by national poet Luis de Camoes in his epic “The Lusiads.” Adamastor blocked the way for Portuguese explorers sailing to India.
There is a large statue of the Adamastor monster in the garden of the Santa Catarina viewpoint.
You can choose to have wine, coffee, or a snack at the Adamastor Kiosk, or you can do as many locals do and bring your own bottle to watch the sunset.
As far as views go, there are better sunsets and better views in Lisbon. However, at sunset this is a great spot to relax and socialize.
There will likely be street musicians around prior to sunset.
The Miradouro of Santa Catarina is also highly recommended as a serene place to study or work remotely during the daytime.
How to get to the Miradouro de Santa Catarina viewpoint
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina
GPS Coordinates: 38.70956417778312, -9.147438063474175
Buses 714, 727, 758, and 773 stop at Largo Calhariz, as does Tram 28E.
Coming from Elevador da Bica at the Largo Calhariz (top) stop, turn left onto Calçada do Combro and take an immediate left onto Rua Marechal Saldanha, continue straight past the point and the Pharmacy Museum.
Coming from Praça Luis de Camoes and the Baixa – Chiado metro station (blue or green line), walk west along Rua do Loreto. You will pass the Elevador da Bica on your left. Stop, take pictures of one of the prettiest streets in Lisbon, and then take the next left.
When the road begins to curve, you will be standing between the gated and beautiful Pharmacy Museum restaurant and the entrance to the Adamastor Kiosk and the Miradouro de Santa Catarina terrace below.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina hours and admission
Hours are from 7:30 am until 11:30 pm. There is no charge for admission.
What else is near the Santa Catarina viewpoint?
- Armazens do Chiado shopping center – This historic shopping center with 50 stores and 15 restaurants was remodeled after a fire destroyed the original building in 1988. Today it offers some of the best shopping in Lisbon. https://armazensdochiado.com/
- Livraria Bertrand – The longest continuously running bookstore in the world is a bit east of Praça Luís de Camões
- Praça Luís de Camões – Named after the warrior-poet Luís de Camões, Largo do Camões has shopping, dining, a kiosk, and an entrance to the blue and green lines of the metro system.
- Elevador da Bica – Very close to the Santa Catarina viewpoint, this is a great spot for Instagram photos and selfies. Top things to know about the Elevador da Bica
- Pharmacy Museum – The beautiful yellow mansion with people dining in the yard in front of Santa Catarina is the Pharmacy Museum. https://www.museudafarmacia.pt/default.aspx?lang=EN&uid=0
- Hotel Verride Palácio – This beautiful boutique hotel is one of the best in Lisbon and neighbors the Santa Catarina viewpoint. https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/verride-palacio-santa-catarina.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2
- Rooftop bars – You’ll find one (Noobai) right next door to the Santa Catarina viewpoint, and another (Madame Petisca) a few doors down Rua de Santa Catarina. Best rooftop bars in Lisbon
- Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is also on this side of town. São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint – How to visit and what to see
- Carmo Convent Ruins – A church destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake is one of the most impressive sites in the city. Lisbon’s Convento do Carmo Ruins | Everything You Need to Know
- Bairro Alto – Lisbon’s party neighborhood is straight uphill. Bairro Alto – An overview of Lisbon’s most vibrant neighborhood
For more information on other miradouros and scenic viewpoints in Lisbon, check out my article, Lisbon’s Best Miradouros and Scenic Viewpoints – A visitor’s guide