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Portas do Sol Viewpoint
Whether you’re heading uphill to the São Jorge Castle from the Cathedral or the other way around, the Portas do Sol viewpoint is perfectly located in the middle of this route which is ideal for an impromptu break.
Visiting this lookout is also an excuse to enjoy Lisbon’s most genuine traits with a fantastic view of the Alfama district’s eastern front and the Tejo River, which extends to the edge of the river in a unique maze of streets, stairways and alleys. From the top of the viewpoint it is also possible to admire the various domes and different types of architecture that make up the Santo Estêvão, São Miguel and São Vicente de Fora churches.
Being at the Portas do Sol viewpoint is like being on the balcony of a house, thanks to its cozy and bustling environment. Besides the view worthy of a Lisbon postcard, at the Portas do Sol lookout you can stop and enjoy an authentic Portuguese coffee at its kiosk, see the famous nº 28 electric tram that constantly passes by the tram stop located out front, as well as discover the São Vicente statue, patron saint of Lisbon, holding the boat that is the symbol of the Portuguese capital.
Cool Tip: every one of Lisbon’s genuine characteristics, appreciated from high up, enchants whoever passes by there. The view surprises at dusk, when the sun goes down and the colors of Lisbon’s architecture turn another shade.