Panoramic view of Lisbon from the Senhora do Monte viewpoint and a tile panel marking the main landmarks
The “Viewpoint of the Lady of the Mount” is at the top of Lisbon’s tallest hill. The name derives from a glass-encased image of the Virgin that stands in front of a charming white chapel dedicated to St. Gens, a bishop martyred in Roman times.
"Love locks" and view over Lisbon at the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Built in the 1700s, the chapel is almost always closed, only occasionally opening for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Inside is a chair that was believed to ease the pain of childbirth to any pregnant woman who sat on it -- it was even popular with the Portuguese queens over the centuries.
The chapel and the image of the Virgin at the Senhora do Monte viewpoint
Once a secret and quiet spot for young lovers, the viewpoint is now a favorite sunset destination for tourists, and can be quite crowded. The panoramic view, illustrated on a tile panel marking the main landmarks, goes from the castle to the northern districts of the city. The sunset views are especially beautiful in autumn, when the sun sinks on the horizon by the river.
Lisbon's upper districts seen from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
During the day, locals stop for a chat in the shade of the olive trees, pines and cypresses, but by mid-afternoon and evening, it’s invaded by tourists and tuk-tuks.
Sunset at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
How to Get to Senhora do Monte Viewpoint
Rua da Senhora do Monte, Graça
Where to Stay by Senhora do Monte Viewpoint
Albergaria da Senhora do Monte
The panoramic views from this hotel are practically identical to those of the viewpoint a few feet away. It’s a 2-star hotel, but those views (from the breakfast room and the balconies of some of the 28 rooms) can’t be beat by many luxury hotels.
A few steps from the viewpoint is this hotel that can be a good value, depending on the room. There are small twin and double rooms, and larger rooms, some with balconies with views. Best of all is the garden, where guests relax with drinks.