As we go up to the Viewpoint of Santa Catarina, our imagination wanders to the chairs of the friendly kiosk that kindly waits for our arrival. We order an espresso as we savour the landscape beyond Rio Tejo1 by the shadows of a beautiful garden also known as Jardim do Alto de Santa Catarina2.
Behind us, streets grow right up to the famous Calçada do Combro3 and Bairro Alto.
This is a small hill of Colina de Santa Catarina4, opposite to the Museu da Farmácia5, it is relatively low compared to other viewpoints of Lisbon, where looking to the right, you can see Cristo-Rei6 and Ponte 25 de Abril7, the bay that unifies the municipalities of Almada and Seixal and Serra da Arrabida8 sitting on the horizon. As a surprise, we found that the crane Lisnave, stands as tall as we are.
Behind the white clock tower – mark of the current Mercado da Ribeira9 – on the left hand side, sits the river station Cais-do-Sodré to where ferries travel back and forth from Almada.
Standing right in front of us, representing the new headquarters of the company EDP, are two white modern line buildings that obstruct part of the viewpoint perspective. Many were the lovers of this peaceful viewpoint that by showing their obvious dissatisfaction, made the news.
Continuing to the right hand side, following the waterfront line, emerges the Terminal de Cruzeiros da Rocha Conde de Obidos10 of the Porto de Lisboa11, gateway to all Portugal visitors.
- Tagus River
- Garden of Alto of Santa Catarina
- Causeway Combro
- Hill of Santa Catarina
- Pharmacy’s Museum
- Christ Statue
- 25th April’s Bridge
- Arrabida’s Sierra
- Ribeira’s Market
- Cruise Terminal of Rock Count of Obidos
- Lisbon Harbour
Map and Contacts
|Address||Rua de Santa Catarina, 1200-401 Lisboa, Portugal|