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But before we dive in…
The most popular tours in Lisbon:
- 🛺 Explore the historic center of Lisbon on this private half-day sightseeing tour by tuk-tuk
- 🏰 See Portugal’s natural and architectural wonders on a small-group, guided tour of Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon
- 🍲 Uncover Lisbon’s culture and cuisine while you walk around two of its neighborhoods during this excursion
- 🚢 Admire Lisbon at its most magical during this sunset tour on the Tagus River
- 🚶 On this private tour, see the best that Portugal’s capital has to offer and listen to history-rich commentary from a personal guide
Best photo spots in Lisbon
Arco da Rua Augusta
This famous arch is in the heart of Lisbon. It does come with a price and it usually gets very crowded, so I advise you to wake up early and start your day with this vibrant attraction. If you need some extra motivation, you will find many pastry shops that offer the best Pastel de Nata around.
TIP! If you have time, wait for the iconic yellow tram and snap a photo with another characteristic object!
Porticos of Arco da Rua Augusta
Since you are here, don’t forget to include these beautiful porticos. Many people miss this obvious photo spot, but you can create beautiful aesthetics. Especially if nobody is around. For a unique effect, bring your zoom lens – the distance will let you play with perspective.
Streets of Mouraria
Let’s discover something unseen and let’s get lost in Mouraria. Mouraria is as raw as it can get – people playing cards on the streets, smell of fresh fish around, laundry hanging on the buildings. That’s the true charm of the city! And that’s where you can find cute corners and take authentic street photos.
What is even more popular than yellow trams of Lisbon? Probably this cute elevator called Bica. It is iconic photo spot that you cannot miss, however, it does get crowded. Make sure you come early or you will have to wait in the line, because it is one of the best photo spots in Lisbon.
TIP! One of the elevators always is parked up while other one is down in garage. This means that the one in garage is clean, yellow and graffiti free. Maybe you will have to wait for the clean one, but I think it looks much better in the photos.
Ler Devagar in LX Factory
Who doesn’t love books, right? Ler Devagar introduced a new concept of bookshop as meeting place, a space for debating ideas, for reading, for artistic experience or even for taking a perfect photo. Nowadays it is considered one of the 20 most beautiful bookshops in the world, so trust me. It is worth the hype. And after snapping your photo, you can discover the coolest project in Lisbon – LX Factory.
Another azulejo paradise, however, this is probably the best kept secret of Lisbon. Even many locals do not know about this place. Blue azulejos meet green and lush gardens – total eye candy if you ask me. Fronteira Palace is locates outside of central Lisbon, but taxi will cost you around 10 EUR to arrive. Or you can even take public transport. Entrance fee for garden is 4 EUR. Garden and the palace – 9 EUR.
Bairro Alto is considered party area of Lisbon, but that’s a vibe that you won’t find anywhere else. It gets even better in July when streets are decorated for Saint Antonio. Come for a drink and don’t forget to snap a photo.
Church of São Vicente of Fora
Azulejos, Azulejos, Azulejos. Church of São Vicente of Fora holds the largest collection on Baroque azulejo titles. This means a lot of cool photo options. On top of that, you get a beautiful view over Lisbon and Tejo. And you get to learn more about history and art of Lisbon. Entrance fee is 5 EUR.
Belem Tower is the most photographed monument of Lisbon, so keep working on stats and create your postcard as well. Sunrise mission is something that you should consider for that perfect capture.. And you can reward yourself with Pasteis de Belem after.
Casa do Alentejo
Casa do Alentejo – a little hidden getaway in the middle of busy Lisbon and a restaurant full of stories. When you enter, you will find outdoor courtyard where locals come to relax, enjoy the atmosphere and hide from tourists surrounding Rossio Square. Once a palace, it’s since been used as a school, casino and now a restaurant (in a beautiful ballroom on the second floor).
The Carmo convent was intentionally left roofless as a reminder of the earthquake that destroyed Lisbon in 1755. The property now houses Carmo Archaeological Museum and you should certainly visit it during your time in Lisbon. The feeling is surreal! Plus, you get a beautiful and very unique capture. Entrance fee is 5 EUR.
Details, details, details! Most of the people rush over to the queue to get inside as soon as possible, but take a walk around the monastery of Lisbon and appreciate all the architecture work. Also, if you are on the clock and you do not have time to visit inside, make a quick stop at Igreja Santa Maria and you will find it on the right side of the entrance.. And it is completely free (but stunning!).
Pink Street of Lisbon is located in Cais do Sodre and nearby Santos area which is a perfect mix between historical and hip. It is one of those areas that always offers something new no matter how many times you visit. During the night, this place is filled with people celebrating life, but during the day you can take unique Instagram photos. EDIT 2021: they just added umbrellas on the top of Pink Street.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Little azulejos garden with a beautiful view over Alfama and Tejo. This is probably one of my favourite photo spots in Lisbon and I can’t even count how many photos I have taken photos here. Beautiful anytime of the day, but even better for sunset photos. Yes, it does get crowded but with a bit of patience you will get a beautiful photo from this iconic spot.
Calçada do Duque
Calçada do Duque offers the best view over castle, however, many people miss this spot. In my opinion, its such a beautiful panoramic view over central Lisbon, that you can’t miss it.
Elevador do Lavra
Remember Bica? Well Elevador do Lavra is the least popular version of it, but still extremely pretty! I still consider it hidden and you can have all cable car to yourself. It takes you to gorgeous area of Lisbon where, once again, tourists do not go often.
How to find this relatively hidden spot in Lisbon? When going from Santa Luzia viewpoint to Portas do Sol, you will notice stairs on your right and voila – it’s there! Yet so many people miss it and you can snap a photo during any time of the day!
Santa Justa Lift
Impressive place and even more impressive views if you decide to go up with it, but extremely crowded and not an easy photo spot option. Make sure you bring your wide angle and come early to avoid the line. If you decide to go up, buy a regular bus/metro ticket (or daily ticket), it will cost you 1.50 EUR instead of 5 EUR.
Church of Nossa Senhora das Mercês
Beautiful church hidden between tiny streets of Lisbon. You should bring your zoom lens and see what a unique photo you can create. It is located in the center of Lisbon yet you wont find many tourists around, so come for a local experience as well.
Ponte 25 de Abril
Some San Francisco vibes in Lisbon, cool bars and beautiful promenade. Ending your day in Lisbon with beautiful sunset view over Tejo and magical Ponte 25 de Abril. I simply couldn’t help but add it to the list of best photo spots in Lisbon.
I hope this article makes your life easier and you can find all your favorite photo spots in Lisbon. Lisbon is a great place to get lost, but you might be on the clock, so this should help you plan your trip. Let me know what your favorite is!
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