Beautiful views over the Tagus river: Adamastor, viewpoint (Miradouro) Santa Catarina Lisbon & a popular gathering place

Adamastor Lisbon Viewpoint Tagus River december 2010

Adamastor’ is a popular viewpoint (miradouro) and gathering place in Lisbon which is officially called the Miradouro de Santa Catarina.

Lisbon Miradouro de Santa Catarina Adamastor dec 08

From this vista point you have the most breathtaking views on the Tagus river, the 25th of April Bridge and the Cristo Rei monument.

Lisbon Adamastor Santa Catarina Beautful Boys

Beautiful boys! There is a small terrace with a bar serving drinks and toasted sandwiches. Around the terrace you’ll find an interesting mixture of ‘alternative’ Lisbon people and their dogs.

The name Adamastor is chosen because of the large stone statue of the mythical figure ‘Adamastor’ which presides over the space.

Adamastor-santa-catarina2

Adamastor is a Greek-type mythological character invented by the Portuguese poet Luís de Camões in his epic poem Os Lusíadas (first printed in 1572), as a symbol of the forces of nature Portuguese navigators had to overcome during their discoveries. Camões gave his creation a history as one of the Gigantes of Greek mythology who had been spurned by Thetis, now appearing in the form of a threatening stormcloud to Vasco da Gama and threatening ruin to anyone hardy enough to pass the Cape and penetrate the Indian Ocean, which was Adamaster’s domain. Adamastor became the Spirit of the Cape, a hideous phantom of unearthly pallor.

Lisbon Adamastor gathering place Tagus River5

Adamastor Lisbon: a sunny Sunday in February

Just below of the small Adamastor square, you will find the fantastic terraces of bar ‘noobai‘. Definitely worth a visit!

Le Marais bar Lisbon near Santa Catarina Tagus river viewpoint

Beautiful!

7 Responses to “Beautiful views over the Tagus river: Adamastor, viewpoint (Miradouro) Santa Catarina Lisbon & a popular gathering place”

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  2. [...] in Santa Catarina near Bairro Alto ’s nightlife, 5 minutes walk from miradouro (view spot) Santa Catarina with spectacular views across the River Tejo to the 25 April Bridge and the Cristo Rei [...]

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  7. You should also mention that this miradouos figures prominently in the novel “The Death of Ricardo Reis” by Nobel Prize winner Juan Saramago. Very important novel that must be read with Camoes. Take the Bica Elevator and make a left. Strongly recommended. No tourists.

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