I visited Oporto the night of San Juan (June 24, 2011). I never imagined that a city could move me in such a way. It turned out to be full of people, crowded places, music, bonfires in the streets, the smell of grilled sardines, wine and happiness. I do not know how Oporto is on other dates but I must admit that on the night of San Juan, Porto is wonderful and full of life! The vantage point of Vila Nova de Gaia is fantastic because there is peace and calm there. I have a lovely view of the river Douro and the city as the sun went down that will be in my memory and heart forever!
If the view from the Mirador de Santa Luzia is impressive, they are even more so if you climb to the top of the Basilica . This is possible thanks to a lift which is accessed from the back of the temple, the raising and lowering costs 2 € but it is definitely worth it. At the top there are two viewpoints, which can be accessed by a small flight of stairs from the elevator landing. From here you can see the entire city and the statue of Lima, virtually a 360 º.
Atop the Monte de Santa Lucía, next to the Basilica, there is a viewpoint with stunning views of the city, the Valley of Lima, the ocean and the river Lima. There's also another viewpoint in the same basilica, with a lift to the summit. Going up the mountain a bit there is a recreational area, fountain, lighthouse and several sculptures. There are also some kind of obelisks that recorded some quotes that hint at the beauty of the landscape and the natural environment. Accessible by car or Funicular de Santa Luzia.
Ascending the monumental staircase that goes up Mount Espinho, with the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, there's a wide esplanade and a gazebo from where there are spectacular views of the steps, the city and the surrounding vegetation. It's at 116 m altitude. (You can also go up via the Funicular, which is at the foot of the stairs and leaves you in the courtyard).
Miranda's lookouts provide spectacular views of the Arribes and the Natural Park do Douro International. This specific lookout is about 2 km from the city on the Ctra that descends to the International Biological Station and the dam/reservoir. There are beautiful panoramas of the Duero Canyon, the dam that retains its wild waters and the facilities created to produce hydropower. There's also an Interpretation Center Environmental Tourism and a handicraft shop with terrace-bar.
To access this large gazebo and recreation area on Mount do Faro immediately outside the Portuguese town of Valença Monçao take the road on the right (signposted) and go up about 6 km. Look for Sant Ana with spectacular views of the river Miño. Recently, this winter, during the ascent I noticed that the acacia tree began to flourish, many of these trees (mimosas) that adorned the road. Took a few photographs. Upon reaching the top a spacious recreation room with fountains, picnic areas, large trees, a chapel, a [poi = 118891] restaurant [/ poi] and especially the view over the river Miño, scanning the horizon from [poi = 100965] Mount Aloia [/ poi] in Tui to Mount [poi = 101010] Resume [/ poi] (Tegra) in A Guarda. If you Valença, nearly 30 km from Vigo. Do not miss this place because among other things, the views are spectacular.
This viewpoint is in Cardal do Douro, about 4 kilometers from Bemposta (Mogadouro Township) along the N-221-7 towards Fermoselle (Zamora). From here there are magnificent views of the Bemposta dam and its hydroelectric plant, located on the Douro River and the spectacular nature of the Douro Valley and Arribes Natural Park.
This viewpoint is in the "Alto de Santa Barbara", so called because it is directly in front of the small Chapel of Santa Barbara, on top of a promontory. Access is signposted and you can leave your car in the street of the Parish Church, which is a few steps away. From this viewpoint there are spectacular views of the Arrival of the Duero to the Spanish side, and the fields, mostly fruit trees, olive trees and vineyards. Also you can see fragments of the now defunct castle walls, and some abandoned buildings.
In the upper area of the city, on the hill just in front of the [poi = 151255] Town Hall [/ poi], is where you'll find the Morro de Alcácima lookout point, which is where you can enjoy spectacular 360 degree views all across the city and the vineyards of the valley. It is about 2 km north of the Old Town, to get there, follow the signs to the health center and once you're there, you can park the car and walk up the stairs and the upward path that lead to the top of the hill through a nice [poi = 151556] natural [/ poi]. Once up, in addition to the gazebo, there is a small [poi = 151558] chapel [/ poi] and [poi = 151560] pillory [/ poi]. The Alto de Alcácima was formerly the center of TAROUCA, which is where you can see the medieval castle. There's only a memory of said castle on the city's shield. Hurry up and see it!
The hilltop views from San Lorenzo are truly spectacular. Here are some photographs. There, there are only the songs of the birds. There is a special peace and tranquility and you feel ecstasy. The view is wonderful - a large stretch of sand is washed by the Cávado to one side and the ocean on the other. The many small villages that dot the coast can be seen from there and they look like toys. At the foot of the gazebo, there is a real Iron Age fort and a miraculously preserved church from the 15th century.
Vila Real is at 427 meters altitude on a hill that forms a peninsula between the Cabril and Corgo rivers. From the back of the cemetery of St. Denis there's an excellent vantage point to enjoy a magnificent view of the confluence of the two rivers and dam. On the west side, nearly 400 meters deep, flows the river Cabril and on the east a deep ravine where the Corgo river bed is sighted. In the distance are the mountains surrounding the city: Sierra de Montemuro (south), the peaks of Sierra de Marão (west) and the foot of Sierra de Alvão (northwest). The two rivers converge at the southern end of the promontory, where there are also some vestiges of the medieval walls (built by King Dinis), the Chapel of San Antonio de los Olvidados and the Museu da Vila Velha.
The esplanade where containing the [poi = 89636] Cathedral [/ poi] and the ruins of [poi = 89657] the Episcopal Palace [/ poi] is surrounded by gardens and fragments of primitive [poi = 90055] walls [/ poi ], but I found a passageway to the outside of the wall. There is a vantage point here where you can see magnificent views of both the modern area of the city, like the canyon, and [poi = 89591] the Arribes de Duero [ / poi].
On the small hill where the Relief Chapel is there's also a viewpoint with good views of the mouth of river Ave and small craft, for sport fishing or docked. At the foot of the gazebo is found Juan II Square (Praca Joao II), with the peculiar sculpture of Sirena. Also from here the Azurara coast is directly opposite.
Once again we get to to this vantage point but this time to the top, since the last time we just got up to the Monte Faro Recreation area accessed immediately outside the Portuguese town Valença Monçao. We took the road on the right (signposted) and a rise of about 6 miles and we are on the lookout with incredible views of the valley of the Miño. At the summit of this mountain is in a state of neglect an old lighthouse surrounded by all kinds of antennas telecommunications and a little below there is a large place for recreation and leisure with fountains, picnic areas, trees, a chapel, a restaurant and a view of the Portuguese town on the river Miño. If you visit Valença, nearly 30 km from Vigo, and you like hiking and nature do not forget this place because among other things, the views are spectacular.
In the upper area of the city (Mount Calvary) circling the Church of Bom Jesus of Calvary attention is drawn to 15 granite Latin crosses that were constructed on a sacred path. Similarly, in the back of the temple, there are two statues carved in granite depicting St. Francis of Assisi and St. Dominic. All this is on a platform that rises above the Jardim da Carreira, constituting an excellent vantage point from which to get a beautiful view of the city and the park, as well as the mountains of Marão Alvão and far away.
Vila do Conde, around the Monastery of Santa Clara, has the most spectacular views of the town. On one side you can see the river and the green countryside that characterizes northern Portugal. On the other side you can see the mouth of the river and the entire city of Vila do Conde, with the Mother Church, small fishing boats and beautiful walk along the river.
The breakwater is a very long jetty at the end of Redonda Beach, and separates it from the fishing port and more sheltered Póvoa Cove. It's a very thick wall and high so you can stroll admiring the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. At the end is a small lighthouse and you climb the stairs to the top. From above, looking to the side you can see all the fishing boats, and looking the other way, along the coast with its magnificent beaches and promenade.