Miradouro de Santa Catarina
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Miradouro de Santa Catarina

The neighbourhood of Santa Catarina lies beyond the Camões Square is popular with students and the in-crowd. Within the warren of narrow steep streets are a few restaurants and bars but it's the garden terrace the area is known for. The views from the Miradouro de Santa Catarina overlook the Tejo (Tagus) river far below, the statue of Christ the King (Estatua do Cristo Rei) and the 25 de Abril bridge. People gather here early evenings to admire the sunset and have a quick drink before heading off to the Bairro Alto.


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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