The mythical sea monster Adamastor sculpted on a rock
For decades, this terrace was where people stood to watch the ships go by. Today it attracts young people of different tribes, who get together by a kiosk serving drinks or sit on amphitheater-like steps added during a renovation in 2013. The atmosphere is always relaxed, with the smell of beer and weed in the air. That's often accompanied by the soundtrack of street musicians, who add to the chilled-out atmosphere, especially at sunset, when tourists join the locals.
The Santa Catarina viewpoint offers one of the best views of the river
Everyone is looked over by Adamastor, the mythical giant of epic poet Luís de Camões' "The Lusiads," which is sculpted on a rock looking out to the Tagus. For this reason, the terrace is also known as "Miradouro do Adamastor."
Cafés and restaurants in the surroundings serve meals throughout the day, but this is mostly a sunset destination, especially in autumn, when the sun disappears behind 25 de Abril Bridge.
The kiosk café serves drinks throughout the day
The yellow building behind it is the Pharmacy Museum, which offers visitors the chance to see how medicinal drugs evolved over time, through a collection of pharmaceutical objects and the recreation of an 18th-century pharmacy.
View from Miradouro de Santa Catarina
The viewpoint was fenced off in 2019, and is now closed at night. It’s open from 7:30am to 11:30pm.
The Pharmacy Museum and its restaurant, facing the Santa Catarina viewpoint
How to Get to the Santa Catarina Viewpoint
Miradouro de Santa Catarina is a short walk from the Baixa-Chiado metro station -- take the Largo do Chiado exit, walk to Praça Luís de Camões, and continue to Rua do Loreto; you’ll then see the Bica Funicular to the right, and finally turn right on the following street (Rua Marechal Saldanha). If you’re down on the waterfront by Cais do Sodré, take the Bica Funicular up the hill. Famous tram 28 also stops nearby (get off at the Praça Luís de Camões or Calhariz/Bica stops).
You may ride the metro, funicular and tram for free with the Lisboa Card.
Rua de Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina
One of Lisbon’s most photographed streets is around the corner from this viewpoint -- Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo, which has one of the city’s iconic funiculars, the Elevador da Bica. Nearby is also one of Lisbon’s most beautiful churches, Igreja de Santa Catarina.
Where to Stay by the Santa Catarina Viewpoint
Verride Palácio Santa Catarina
This 18th-century palace overlooks Miradouro de Santa Catarina and is one of Lisbon’s most beautiful hotels. All of its 19 luxurious rooms are different, with some featuring magnificent baroque tile panels and stuccoed ceilings. On the rooftop is a refined restaurant and a bar.
It’s right next door to Miradouro de Santa Catarina and also offers a panoramic view over the river and the port. It has 13 elegant rooms and suites, and a wonderful rooftop where drinks and meals are served throughout the day.