The Ultimate Guide To The 7 Hills of Lisbon

Lisbon, the Portuguese capital is known for its stunning geography, is built on seven hills that offer panoramic vistas, historic landmarks, and a rich culture. Each hill contains charming neighborhoods, winding streets, and intriguing sites. This guide will help you explore Lisbon’s 7 hills and find out what so many people love about this awesome city.

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SAO VICENTE HILL

Sao Vicente Hill in Lisbon, Portugal

Sao Vicente Hill is located within the Alfama district and has a rich history and plenty of cultural landmarks. Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon is a collection of maze-like narrow streets and alleys that wind their way up towards Sao Jorge Castle.

Full of history, Alfamas Moorish roots are present in its detailed architecture which includes whitewashed buildings adorned with colorful tiles and wrought iron balconies. The key attractions include:

Alfama District: This is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Lisbon. Known for its narrow streets, traditional Fado music, and historic charm, it’s a great place to spend the day.

Lisbon Cathedral: Lisbon’s oldest church includes a mix of architectural styles which include Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. The interior of the church is intricately designed with wood, gorgeous tiles, and a cloister.

Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Miraduouros: Miraduouro Portas do Sol and Miradouro Santa Luzia provide breathtaking views of Lisbon out to the Tagus River. The lookouts include gorgeous walkways, terraces, and gardens.

SAO ROQUE HILL

Sao Roque Hill in Lisbon, Portugal

Sao Roque Hill is located within the Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods. Bairro Alto is Lisbon’s bohemian quarter known for its lively nightlife, eclectic shops, and street art.

During the day, the cobbled streets of Bairro Alto are quiet, but by night the entire area comes alive.

Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara: This scenic terrace provides sweeping views of Lisbon and is an ideal location to watch the sunset.

Street Art: Bairro Alto is known for its colorful street art including murals and graffiti-decorated walls. This is a great area to go for a walk and admire the beautiful art.

Fado Bars and Restaurants: Included in the nightlife are the Fado houses and taverns that serve authentic Portuguese food.

CHAGAS HILL

Chagas Hill is located in central Lisbon within the Chiado and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. Chiado, in particular, is Lisbon’s cultural heart. It’s the home of theaters, museums, and upscale boutiques.

This is the area to go to shop and admire the grand buildings with detailed facades.

Chagas Hill in Lisbon, Portugal

Museu Nacional de Art Contemporanea: This museum is the home to a remarkable collection of Portuguese contemporary art which includes paintings, installations, and sculptures.

Cafe A Brasileira: A historic cafe that is popular with intellectuals and writers is famous for its ambiance and delicious coffee. 

Shopping: Chiado is Lisbon’s capital of shopping along Rua Garrett and Rua do Carmo. Here you’ll find a nice mix of fashion shops, specialty shops, and bookstores, including the oldest operating bookstore in the world.

SAO JORGE HILL

Sao Jorge Hill is dominated by the impressive Sao Jorge Castle which provides breathtaking views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. The neighborhood around the castle is a delightful maze of narrow streets, alleys, and historic buildings. The highlights include:

Sao Jorge Castle: Dating back to the 11th century, this impressive castle provides some of the best views of the city and the Tagus River. Included in a tour of the castle are the ramparts, gardens, and archaeological sites. This was our favorite site in Lisbon. As a bonus, there are peacocks!

Sao Jorge Castle on Sao Jorge Hill in Lisbon, Portugal

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte: This hidden gem offers amazing views of Lisbon with smaller crowds than other lookouts. It’s here that you’ll find a more peaceful spot to admire Lisbon’s beauty.

Portas do Sol Viewpoint: This is quiet a popular location. It features views of Alfama and the Tagus and is the perfect spot for excellent photos.

Taverns and Restaurants: Castelo Hill has many traditional taverns and restaurants that provide an authentic Portuguese culinary experience. You can find delicious seafood, and grilled meats, with Vinho Verde or Douro wine.

SANTO ANDRE HILL

Graca is a nice quiet residential neighborhood with a village-like feel in the eastern part of Lisbon. This area is home to Santo Andre Hill and one of Lisbon’s oldest areas. It offers breathtaking views and many hidden gems. Some of the best parts of Graca are:

Igreja da Graca: This fascinating church has a terrace that provides views of Lisbon and detailed tilework in the Baroque style.

Feira da Ladra: Lisbon’s oldest flea market is the spot to search for antiques, crafts, and other treasures. From vintage clothing to vinyl records, you’re likely to find something of interest in this eclectic market.

Local cafes and restaurants: Graca is filled with charming cafes and restaurants that serve authentic Portuguese food. Enjoy a quiet meal in the relaxing atmosphere on a sunny terrace.

SANT’ANA HILL

Sant’Ana Hill is also known as Colina de Sant’Ana and offers a mix of historical sites, cultural attractions, and scenic views. It’s located in the central part of Lisbon, bordered by Avenida da Liberdade to the west and Martim Moniz and Campo Martires da Patria.

Avenida de Liberdade near Sant'Ana Hill in Lisbon, Portugal

It’s not as touristy as other parts of the city but holds a historical charm. This a great place to get a feel for Lisbon’s heritage. It’s an area that is renowned for its architecture and intriguing neighborhoods. While you’re in the area, you’ll want to check out:

Elevador do Lavra: Take a ride on the oldest funicular in Lisbon which provides a scenic and historic ride up the steep hill from Avenida da Liberdade to Rua Camara Pestana

Hospital de Sao Jose: This historic hospital originally constructed as a Jesuit college has impressive architecture and a rich history that goes back to the 16th century.

Campo Martires da Patria: This charming square is the perfect place to relax. It’s a lovely green space surrounded by historic buildings. 

SANTA CATARINA HILL

Santa Catarina Hill is a wonderful area that has a mix of historical sites, cultural experiences, and stunning views.  It’s located in the central part of Lisbon in the historical neighborhood of Santa Catarina.

The hill is situated between Bairro Alto and the Cais do Sodre area. Here are some things to do in the area: 

TimeOut Market: Situated just a short walk from the hill, this market is a top culinary destination in Lisbon. There are food stalls featuring both Portuguese and international foods.

Miradouro de Santa Catarina: This viewpoint is one of the best panoramic views of the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge. It’s also a popular spot with both tourists and locals.

Bica Funicular: The Ascensor da Bica is one of Lisbon’s oldest funiculars and runs between Rua de Sao Paulo and Largo do Calhariz. A ride is a fun way to experience Lisbon’s steep hills without having to walk them. 

ENJOY LISBON’S 7 HILLS

Street in Lisbon, Portugal

A visit to Lisbon’s 7 hills is a journey through Lisbon’s history, culture, and natural beauty. Each hill and surrounding neighborhood combine to make the thoroughly fascinating city of Lisbon. When preparing your itinerary for your visit to Lisbon, try to include as many as possible. Also, be sure to check out our guide for the best areas to stay during your trip. Safe travels!

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