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November 25, 2019.
November 25, 2019.
Hilltop sites presenting unobstructed views of Lisbon are called Miradouros, Portuguese for panoramic viewpoints. Each miradouro offers different aspects of the city views, with clear sightings of popular landmarks. Lisbon has quite a few romantic miradouros or belvederes or lookout points with a public terrace or garden, that offer wide views over the city.
The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is a garden miradouro located in the Bairro Alto, and offers a terrific hilltop viewpoint. A funicular (the Elevador da Glória) connects the garden with the lower situated Praça dos Restauradores Square. The open-air kiosk sells wine, beer and snacks, which you can enjoy while taking in the views.
We continue our walk through the Rua Dom Pedro V to the Jardim do Príncipe Real. The original name of this garden is França Borges Garden, named as a tribute to the Republican journalist of the same name. It is located in the Parish of Mercês and is also known as Príncipe Real Garden. This romantic garden was built around 1853 and is organized around a large octagonal lake with a fountain.
The palaces around the garden are testimonies to the Romantic Lisbon of the 19th century. Shaded by a giant cedar tree, Jardim do Príncipe Real is a relaxing shady plaza with a cafe for watching the world slowly go by. The surrounding district is perfect for lazy days spent exploring markets, antique stores, boutiques and design stores. We enjoy a soda under the cool shade of the trees.
Walking down hill through the Rua de O Século we come accross the Convento dos Cardaes, or the convent of the Cardaes. The building´s construction began in 1677 and was completed in 1703. It´s considered one of the most original 17th-century baroque convents. The rich baroque and rococo interior decoration contrasts with the sober exterior.
Portuguese and Dutch tiles by Jan van Oort cover the walls, while eight paintings by several artists of the time have golden frames. This blending of tile and gilt is typical of Portuguese baroque and this is one of the most notable examples in Lisbon. The building is still occupied by Dominican nuns and the admission charge for the guided tour is one of the ways it raises money for renovations of its works of art.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina is one of the popular miradouros, where there is a nice cafe and prominent landmark of a mythical character. The statue of Adamastor, a mythical monster from sea, overlooks the ideal spot for prime views of the harbour.
Facing the Tagus River (rio Tejo) it′s a popular terrace that presents clear views of the Lisbon harbor and the surrounding neighborhood of Madragoa. One can enjoy snacks and meals from the popular cafe and bar restaurants at the terrace.