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The best places to watch the sunset in Lisbon

On a recent trip to the Portuguese capital we spent some time trying to find the best places to watch the sunset in Lisbon. And we got really lucky. Because Lisbon is pretty hilly (which isn’t surprising given it was built on seven hills), there are some really spectacular places to go where you can rest your weary legs after a day of exploring, and enjoy the views. In this post we list our top spots in order to enjoy the sunset in Lisbon.

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Where to watch the sunset in Lisbon

When looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset in Lisbon, we recommend trying to go somewhere with a spectacular vantage point. The higher the better. The city is quite hilly so getting to higher ground will make it a lot easier to chill out and relax with those sunset views.

It is also important to time it right. In February the sun tends to set at around the 6pm mark, whereas in the summer the days are longer and the sunsets at around 8 or 9pm depending on the month. Obviously this is a very rough guide and you should check what time sunset is when you are there.

Where to watch the sunset in Lisbon

Here are our recommendations for the best places to watch the sunset in Lisbon.

Praca do Comercio

Ok not quite Praca do Comercio but just across the road in fact, you will find a sandy spot near the water. From here you can see the Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon’s iconic suspension bridge. As the sun begins to set and the sky turns from blue to pink you can get some really beautiful pictures here. It was pretty cloudy when we visited but we still managed to get some shots, and it was a beautiful moment sitting here watching the day come to an end in an amazing city. You can sit on one of the boulders or just stand on the small section of beach and admire those views.

Ponte 25 de Abril as the sunsets behind it

Miradouro de Santa Luzia

This is a romantic terrace located by the church of Santa Luiza. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset in Lisbon, particularly in the warmer months as you will often find buskers singing to you as the sun goes down. The atmosphere is beautiful and it is a fantastic place to end the day. There is a garden area nearby as well, and to be honest we found it one of the most romantic places in Lisbon, so it is worth a visit if you are visiting as a couple.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia home to the best sunset view in Lisbon

Tram 28

Ok this one might be a bit hard to plan, especially considering that the line for the tram can be incredibly long. But if you happen to be on Tram 28 as it leaves Square Martim Moniz in Baixa and snakes its way through the streets of Lisbon during sunset then you are in for a treat. As the sun goes down and reflects off the buildings it makes for fantastic photo opportunities and a really magical tram ride.

Portas Do Sol Viewpoint

Right at the top of the hill in the Alfama District you will find the Portas Do Sol Viewpoint. You get some pretty amazing views of Alfama from here as well as the cruise ships as they depart the city, bound for their next exciting destination. There are also quite a few bars nearby where you can sit, sip your sangria and watch as the daylight begins to fade. It is probably worth arriving before sunset particularly if you are after a drink and a table as it does get quite busy here.

Wondering where to watch the sunset in Lisbon? The Portas Do Sol Viewpoint is one of the best places.

Memmo Alfama Hotel Bar

Not a lot of people know about the Memmo Alfama, but it is by far one of the best places to watch the sunset in Lisbon. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy the spectacular views, but hotel guests do get seating preference so keep that in mind. We absolutely loved it here, because we got to relax and sip cocktails as the sky turned a magnificent shade of pink. Admittedly the cocktails are a little pricey but let us assure you the views from here are totally worth it.

The views from Memmo Alfama the best best sunset view in Lisbon

Santa Justa Lift

If you time it right then you can enjoy some pretty epic views of the sunset in Lisbon from the Santa Justa Lift. Even if you can’t make it to the top in time you can get a great picture of the lift itself as the sun goes down and reflects off the structure.

Belem Tower

The Belem Tower looks absolutely spectacular as the sun goes down behind it. Another plus for visiting at sunset is that it isn’t nearly as crowded as it is during the day. We didn’t get the opportunity to visit during sunset which is a real shame because some of the pictures we have seen are just incredible. The setting sun reflects off the Tower making it even more beautiful if that were possible.

Streets of Alfama

If you are wondering where to watch the sunset in Lisbon then the Alfama District is certainly a worthy vantage point. As you explore the streets you are guaranteed some amazing sunset views and photo opportunities. There are also a lot of restaurants and bars in the area so you can grab a bite to eat after a long day of exploring.

Sunset in Lisbon in the Alfama District

From the plane

Ok this one is kind of cheating but we wanted to take the opportunity to share a picture anyway. As we left Lisbon we were lucky enough to do so during sunset. Our flight was initially delayed which was frustrating but once we took off and saw these views we were so grateful.

Sunset in Lisbon by plane

Watching the sunset in Lisbon – a recap

Hopefully this article will help you find the best places to watch the sunset in Lisbon. We mainly explored the Alfama District at sunset which was just so spectacular. The main thing to do to make sure you catch the sunset is to plan in advance, as sometimes the best places may be overcrowded.

If you are interested in more Lisbon inspiration, we also have a post on the most Instagrammable places in the city.

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  • Lauryn | LE Travels
    February 23, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Fantastic post! I am dying to go to Lisbon and this is a great guide for me to save for our trip. Thanks for spilling the secrets 🙂

    • Lizzie
      February 23, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      No worries. Have a fab time in Lisbon! x

  • Madhu
    February 23, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Wow Lisbon looks so amazing and I just loved the pics. Hope to visit sometime

    • Lizzie
      February 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      It is such a lovely place and relatively cheap too which is a bonus! Hope you get to visit soon. x

  • Lisa Masson
    February 23, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Great post! I am heading to Lisbon for the first time this summer and will def check out these spots. 🙂

    • Lizzie
      February 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Oh brill! It is such a lovely place. Have a great time. x

  • Cath - Passports and Adventures
    February 23, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    We loved Lisbon but sadly missed sunsets as we visited in summer with our young son. I have also read another great spot is from the Castle. But these are definitely ones to remembee for our next visit.

    • Lizzie
      February 23, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Yeah I have heard the castle is great. It’s a shame we didn’t visit. x

  • Anisa
    February 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    When I was in Lisbon, we watched the sunset from St. Jorges Castle. It was spectacular.

    • Lizzie
      February 24, 2019 at 8:41 am

      Yeah I wish I could have added that to the list. Next time!!!!

  • Mia
    February 24, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I have been *dying*to go to Portugal, especially Lisbon! Your photos are incredible—your post definitely makes me want to travel to Lisbon sooner rather than later

    • Lizzie
      February 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      I so hope you get to go. It is such a beautiful place. x

  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    February 24, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Lisbon has incredible sunsets!! And I’ve only seen one, haha! I’ll definitely have to try and check out Belem at sunset next time.

    • Lizzie
      February 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Yes definitely! I so want to go back just for the sunsets myself!