To the top of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal is famously hilly, challenging visitors and locals alike with its tiled verticality. An upward ramble to the city's highest point, Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte, will reward the intrepid visitor with local color, several important sights, and at the top, a world-class vista of this beautiful city on the Tagus. From the square in front of Santa Apolónia Station, climb the narrow streets of Alfama to São Vicente de Fora Monastery, pausing now and then to take in the sights.
The twice-weekly Feira da Ladra, Lisbon's "thieves market" is a great time-out on the way uphill.
The 17th-century Church of Santa Engrácia holds tombs of a number of Portuguese personalities.
The Church of São Vicente of Fora is filled with art. It is also the burial place of the Braganza monarchs of Portugal.
The famous yellow tram 28 also makes the run up to São Vicente de Fora. From here it's a steady uphill tramp through the residential Graça neighborhood, stopping to take in street art and views along the way.
You've done it! You've reached the highest point in Lisbon, Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte. Order a coffee or lemonade from the handy food trucks parked in the shade. It's time to glory in the serene atmosphere, summer breezes and an incomparable sunset over the Portuguese capital.
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