When the Portuguese crews of the 1400s sailed from Lisbon to discover the world, they faced many dangers that tested their bravery.
Adamastor was a scary mythical figure who resided in the Indian Ocean and made life very difficult for the sailors who dared enter his realms by going around the Cape of Storms (later named Cape of Good Hope). This giant was an inspiration for some Portuguese authors as Camões who wrote about its encounter with Vasco da Gama in his famous epic “Os Lusíadas”.
To our beloved poet, the meeting with this gigantic force of nature represented the Portuguese ability to overcome fear and conquer the unknown, and also the power of love hidden inside even the most horrific creatures.
So, if you feel like getting inspired into your own bravery, you can go to this wonderful viewpoint (officially called Miradouro de Santa Catarina) guarded by a statue of Adamastor made by Júlio Vaz Júnior, and look at the water where all these adventures started.
It has a very eclectic ambience, full of both locals and foreigners, some pets, often musicians playing, and a kiosk where you can sit and have coffee or beer while enjoying the view.
Very close to Bairro Alto (check the Bairro Alto article), it’s a great meeting point at the end of the day and it’s near many other interesting spots so you don’t have to take a big detour to relax after having bravely conquered the city’s hills.