Portugal is located in Southern Europe, bordered by Spain, France, and the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital city is Lisbon. Portugal was once part of the Roman Empire and later became a kingdom under the House of Braganza. Portugal is one of the oldest nation-states in Europe, having been around for over 1,000 years. The country has beautiful beaches, mountains, rivers, and forests.
The Portuguese Capital is Lisbon. The historic city is a mixture of old and new, with many buildings dating back to the 16th century and some even older. The panoramic views encompass the beautiful steep hills full of street art and buildings. Legend has it that Lisbon, just like Rome, was born among seven hills.
The 7 hills of Portugal are São Roque, São Jorge, São Vicente, Santo André, Santa Catarina, Chagas and Sant'Ana.
São Roque: This hill is located in the center of the city of Lisbon. It is the city's highest point and offers impressive views of the entire city. The church of São Roque is in Bairro Alto, Lisbon. It is the earliest Jesuit church in Portugal.
São Jorge: Located on the northern coast of the Tagus River, this hill is known as the "hill of victory" because it was here where the Portuguese army defeated the Spanish Armada in 1589. The hill also features a monument dedicated to those who died during the battle.
São Vicente: This hill is located near the beach of Cascais. It's the second tallest hill in Lisbon after São Jorge. São Vicente is home to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Santo André: This hill is located on the city's eastern side. It's the site where Saint Anthony of Padua lived from 1223 until his death neared. He is considered the patron saint of Lisbon.
Santa Catarina: Santa Catarina Hill, between Largo de Camões and Calçada, do Combro, offers some of the city's most beautiful views. The Miradouro de Santa Catarina, on a terrace called Adamastor, is one of the best spots for watching the sunset.
Chagas: This hill is located next to the river Tagus. It is the home of the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga).
Sant'Ana: Sant'Ana is a place found next to the river Rio Tejo that runs through the city's heart. The hill is the site where the first Lisbon settlers built their homes. Today, it's the location of the Museum da Ciência e da Técnica.
The hills are the heart and soul of Lisbon.
These locations are where tradition lives and vibrates, offering many places to rest and enjoy the city sights along with the high-value heritage.
The hills are also home to many of the country's most popular attractions and city sights including the Jerónimos Monastery, the Castle of Monsanto, Igreja do Carmo, the Convent of Christ, the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, the Paço Ducal, the Rossio square, the Torre de Belém, and the Terreiro do Paço.