Arco da Rua Augusta

Historic Building and Viewing point in Lisbon

Arco Da Rua Augusta
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For a unique perspective of Lisbon, consider ascending one of the city’s iconic structures. Since August 9, 2013, the Arch has opened its doors to the public, providing an unparalleled view of Lisbon at your feet. Located on Rua Augusta, this triumphal arch has always impressed pedestrians with its grandeur.

Now, visitors can ascend to the top of this singular structure to take in an impressive view of Baixa and the river. The Arch symbolizes the rebirth of Lisbon after the devastating earthquake, fire, and tsunami in 1755 that destroyed much of the city. The Latin inscription, “The Virtues of the Greatest,” serves to affirm the strength, resilience, and achievements of the Portuguese people.

At the pinnacle of the arch are sculptures by Célestin Anatole Calmels depicting Glory crowning Genius and Valour. These values are sure to inspire visitors as they take in the 360-degree view of Lisbon’s finest sights. The remaining statues, by Victor Bastos, represent notable figures from Portuguese history. On the left is the Marquis of Pombal, followed by Vasco da Gama and Viriato, and on the right, Nuno Álvares Pereira.

Visitors can also explore the exhibition in the Clock Room to learn more about the arch’s history and significance.

Visiting Arco da Rua Augusta





Address: Arco da Rua Augusta, Rua Augusta, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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Cruz Alta Viewpoint

Religious Building and Viewing point in Sintra

Cruz Alta, Sintra, Portugal
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Rising 529 meters above sea level, this viewpoint stands as the tallest peak in the Sintra Mountains. Situated in the heart of Pena Park, 4 km away from the historic centre, it offers a breathtaking view of the Sintra Mountains in all their glory.

With a panoramic landscape and the ocean on the horizon, visitors can take in the entirety of the Sintra municipality to the north and behold the vast expanse stretching to Lisbon and the River Tagus to the south.

Visiting Cruz Alta Viewpoint


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Address: Cruz Alta, Sintra, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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Monte da Penha

Religious Building and Viewing point in Guimarães

Monte Da Penha
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About 7km southeast of Guimarães, accessible by a winding, cobbled road or a short ride on an old cable car, is the forested peak of Penha (617m). It offers a breathtaking view of Guimarães and the surrounding areas, as it is the highest point for kilometers. The cool woods provide an excellent refuge from the city and the summer heat. Children will enjoy exploring the enormous boulders, many of which have steps, flowers and crosses, and secret grottoes.

On the lower slopes of the hill, 1.5km east of Penha’s center, lies the Mosteiro de Santa Marinha da Costa. Dona Mafalda, the wife of Afonso Henriques, commissioned it in 1154 to fulfill a vow she made to the patron saint of pregnant women. It was rebuilt in the 18th century and is now the flagship Pousada de Portugal.

To reach the top of Penha easily and comfortably, take the Teleférico de Penha, which departs from Parque das Hortas, 600m east of Guimarães’ old center. Alternatively, you can take a taxi for around €10. If you’re traveling to Guimarães from Porto for a day trip, you can buy a combined ticket for the train and cable car from Porto’s São Bento railway station, which will save you a few euros.

Visiting Monte da Penha


Winter: Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10 am – 5:15 pm


Adults €7.50, Children €3.50.

Address: Penha, Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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