Adamastor Viewpoint (Santa Catarina)

What are we seeing? Yes, it’s Adamastor. Adamastor is at the Santa Catarina viewpoint. Adamastor is in each of us. Adamastor is everywhere.

Adamastor


After all, what is Adamastor? Adamastor is the fear that prevents us from acting. In his epic poem “Os Lusíadas” (1578), Camões places the Adamastor as a giant on the Cape of Good Hope that, causing great storms, prevented ships from going around the southern tip of Africa. However, Vasco da Gama, in the midst of the storm, raised his voice and asked “Who are you?”. Adamastor then told the story of his life, how he fell in love with a nymph and was rejected and how all these storms are the result of so much accumulated anger.

When Adamastor ended her story, the storm suddenly calmed down and Vasco da Gama and his sailors were finally able to make their way to India.

Adamastor Viewpoint – general view (photo IG: @giroflx)

Returning to the 21st century, Adamastor is the stone figure that occupies the central place in one of Lisbon’s most popular viewpoints for a late-afternoon drink in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Adamastor viewpoint is located in neighborhood of Santa Catarina, very close to Chiado and Bairro Alto. To get to Adamastor you can take the famous tram 28, bus 758 or the Bica elevator. At the end of Marechal Saldanha street, next to the Pharmacy Museum, there are two bars overlooking the Tagus, and an area where you can sit and enjoy the groups that usually perform to provide live music.

Adamastor Viewpoint – view over the river (photo IG: @miguelefeio)

Noobai

The Noobai rooftop bar/restaurant has 3 terraces and an indoor lounge. It is open from 10 am to 12 pm every day.

bar/restaurante rooftop Noobai
bar/restaurant rooftop Noobai

Contacts:

Tel: (+351) 213 485 014 / mail: info@noobaicafe.com

Quiosque do Adamastor

The Adamastor kiosk has a privileged view over the river and is a great solution for a coffee or a drink. It is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day.

Adamastor kiosk
Adamastor kiosk

Contacts:

Tel: (+351) 213 430 582

Madame Petisca

Those who want to enjoy the view of Adamastor but in a more reserved environment, find the solution at the Madame Petisca restaurant/bar/rooftop. The website says it’s open from 12:30 to 22:30 every day, while the sign at the entrance says it’s open from 12:00 to 24:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. If interested, the best thing is to call and clarify.

restaurant/bar/rooftop Madame Petisca

Contacts:

Tel: (+351) 915 150 860 / mail: lisboa@madamepetisca.pt

Sao Pedro Alcantara

Each major viewpoint of Lisbon (Sao Pedro Alcântara, Senhora do Monte and Santa Luzia) has each one it’s own fan club, each one is outstanding, but São Pedro Alcantara is my favorite. From Sao Pedro Alcantara Viewpoint, you can get a “postcard like” view over old Lisbon.

On the top of the confronting hill you can see Viewpoint of Senhora do Monte and after that, left to right, there is the imposing convent and Church of Graça, the the pinnacle of Pantheon, the twined towers of Saint Vincent, Saint George Castle and in the far right, the Cathedral. Santa Luzia viewpoint and Alfama cannot be seen because they are hidden by the castle.

Sao Pedro Alcantara Viewpoint
View from São Pedro de Alcântara

Closer to the viewpoint there is the quarter of Mouraria and the valley represented by Avenida da Liberdade.

According to the atmospheric conditions, time of year and even time of day, S. Pedro Alcantara offer different and distinct views. In sunny days, the best view is offered one hour before the sunset when the castle hill appears illuminated.

São Pedro de Alcantara garden
São Pedro de Alcantara garden

The name is given by Convent of Sao Pedro de Alcantara (17th century). The closer quarter is Bairro Alto and a little more far away is Chiado. Nearby points of interest are funicular of Glória and Saint Roque (Rock) Church.

Senhora do Monte

From the viewpoint of Senhora do Monte, there is a panoramic view over the city of Lisbon. Looking towards the river Tagus, the hill of the castle of S. Jorge is a must for visitors. The flat area to the right of the castle hill is Baixa, the area rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake and bordered by Rossio and Figueira squares on one side and Praça do Comércio by the river. Further to the right we have Chiado, with the ruins of the Carmo Church and Santa Justa lift. Further on, we can see the 25 April bridge and Christ statue.

Senhora do Monte – Castle, Baixa and Chiado

In the foreground you can see the neighborhood of Mouraria and Martim Moniz square, where the tram 28 starts and ends. Right in front is the viewpoint of S. Pedro de Alcântara and Bairro Alto. On the horizon line you can see the white dome of the Basilica of Estrela.

Senhora do Monte – Chiado and Bairro Alto

Many locals and visitors look for the Senhora do Monte viewpoint to watch the sunset.

Senhora do Monte - night view
Senhora do Monte – night view

The name of the viewpoint is given by the chapel of Senhora do Monte, which existed on the site since 1147 and was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.

Santa Luzia

Santa Luzia viewpoint is the most Instagramable spot of Lisbon. Built on the old wall, offers a privileged view over Alfama, the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon, over the Tagus and the south bank.

The view from this viewpoint is exactly the same as the one you get from the nearby Portas do Sol viewpoint, but the place itself is much more pleasant, with the setting given by the bougainvillea and the live music. The problem lies in the competition to get to the wall where you can get the best shots. That’s why many people choose to go very early to have the viewpoint all on their own.

Pantheon and Saint Stephan

From this viewpoint it’s possible to see Pantheon and the church of Saint Stephan. Towards the river there is the pink building of Museum of Fado and the church of Saint Michael. In Tagus banks there is the modern Cruise Ship Terminal.

Santa Luzia Viewpoint - view over Alfama
Museum of Fado and Saint Michael Church

The name of the viewpoint was borrowed from the imposing Santa Luzia Church of the Sovereign Order of Malta. In the Church’s wall there are 2 magnificent panels of tiles, representing the conquest of Lisbon in 1147 and the other the medieval Square of Commerce as existed before the earthquake of 1755.

The conquest of Lisbon – 2nd Crusade (1147)