By LSA Editor | Dec 13, 2021
Guide to the best places to take photos in Lisbon
Going on holiday and not taking photos? Impossible. After all, we all love to record happy moments, and if they’re accompanied by incredible views and special details, even better! If you’re coming to the capital of the best European destination and want to know the best places to take pictures in Lisbon, stop looking: we’ve made you a list, so you can record all the magic, poetry, urban art and light that await you at every turn.
Conquering the Castle
In this city of hills, breathtaking views are guaranteed. There’s the Castle, the highest point in Lisbon, just to name one. But the traditional streets, full of music and a neighbourhood spirit, are not far behind.
- From Largo da Graça, point your camera towards the Tagus River. The shimmering water, the colours of the sky and the trees, the iconic tram… Is it or is it not a beautiful memory of Lisbon’s charm?
- At sunset, visit the Miradouro da Graça and capture the contrast of the lights in the city’s landscape and the bohemian and relaxed atmosphere.
- From the Nossa Senhora do Monte Viewpoint, you can see the Castle, Mouraria, the Baixa and the Tagus. You’re guaranteed beauty even at night, with yellow lighting to chase away the shadows.
Portas do Sol
- Let yourself be amazed by the monastery of São Vicente and the dome of the Pantheon, standing out among the colours and design of the houses in Alfama.
- Go down the steps next to Portas do Sol to discover (and photograph!) the History of Lisbon illustrated in the Arch of Rua Norberto de Araújo.
- Lisbon is not just about sights. The picturesque neighbourhood of Alfama has people, tradition, light and art. So, take a good look at the details of all the streets, for example, the exotic restaurant Chapitô and the fado singer Amália through the eyes of the well-known Portuguese artist Vhils.
- A photo of the Sé de Lisboa can’t be missed: not only the elegant interior, but also the facade of the cathedral as the tram passes in front of it.
Welcome to one of the best places to take pictures in Lisbon for an amazing panoramic view. But don’t ignore the magic of this place’s cultural heritage and notice the details of the gardens, the walls, the bridges and the history.
On this romantic tiled terrace, focus your lens on one of the flowers hugging the viewpoint columns, showing the wide view of the river and Alfama in the background.
The imposing Arco do Triunfo, with Rua Augusta full of life behind it, is a worthy protagonist. By the way, did you know that you can go up to the viewpoint of the arch to see Praça do Comércio, Cais das Colunas and the sparkling river Tagus bathing the city?
Ups and Downs
From Praça do Comércio, walk along the riverfront to Cais do Sodré (take a picture at Time Out Market and another on Rua Cor de Rosa!), then go to Bica. In this area, you’ll not only discover some of the best places to take photos in Lisbon, but also the livelier ones with plenty of tourism.
- Lisbon is undeniably made up of funiculars (cable railways), such as the Ascensor da Bica, which take us to places full of magic. Before going up, enjoy the contrast between the dark and the yellow of the elevator for an original photograph at the entrance.
- Then, when you reach the top, turn left to be captured by the panoramic view from one of the most famous viewpoints: Santa Catarina or Adamastor. It’s also one of the places with the most youthful, bohemian and alternative life in the city.
- In Chiado, you’ll find fertile territory for street photography: capture all the diversity of the inhabitants, tourists and artists who bring the heart of the city to life.
- Although it’s one of the most clichéd tourist sites in Lisbon, a photograph discussing poetry with the statue of Fernando Pessoa is a must.
If you like unique, historic streets that retain the soul of a city, Bairro Alto is steeped in neighbourhood tradition in the old buildings, the unique people and the alternative commerce. Furthermore, it is worth witnessing the transformation of the spirit and life of this area at night.
- In the verdant and flowery Jardim do Príncipe Real, the must-take photo is the huge Buçaco cedar tree and its enchanting pergola. The difficult thing will be choosing the angle.
- And if you like nature, the quiet Botanical Gardens will be soothing to your eyes and one of the most beautiful memories you’ll take home with you.
- On the other hand, for images full of atmosphere, warm colours and peculiarity, don’t miss the Chinese Pavilion bar.
Path of Marquês
- Continue up this green avenue and get ready to be dazzled by Parque Eduardo VII. After all, this beautiful garden built on an uneven level has the best view of the Pombaline downtown to the river. Admire it from the very top. Wasn’t it worth it?
- Take the opportunity to discover the secrets of the Estufa Fria (Cold Greenhouse), in the park itself. Waterfalls, caves and a diversity of plants will be enough material to inspire good photos.
- Nearby is another must-see garden: the Gulbenkian. You can visit the Foundation’s exhibitions, but the real treasure here is the nature, the trails, the streams, the amphitheatre, and the fauna that fills this place.
Path of the Baixa
- One of the best places to take pictures in Lisbon is the Elevador de Santa Justa. Made in filigree, it’s not just the national monument that deserves attention. From up there, it has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city centre and the sparkling river Tagus.
- Next to Baixa, at Praça da Mouraria, look up: do you see the Castle with an immense sky, just begging to be photographed?
São Pedro de Alcântara
The view from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, one of the best places to take photos in Lisbon, is poetry to the eyes. So, don’t forget to breathe while seeing the castle, the viewpoints in the Graça area and the Baixa Pombalina.
Ascensor da Glória
Next to the viewpoint, there is the Ascensor da Glória, which connects Bairro Alto to Baixa. Add to your list of postcards a photo of the two funiculars making their way through the colours of the trees, the art that adorns the walls and the typical stone-paved footpaths.
The paths of Liberdade
If you go down the Ascensor da Glória, you’ll reach the historic Avenida da Liberdade – that is, the Champs-Élysées of Lisbon. From here, you can follow two paths: Marquês de Pombal or Baixa.
However, to do this tour and discover all the secrets of Lisbon, you need to be comfortably housed and rested. Lisbon Serviced Apartments guarantee apartments close to these iconic places, so you can choose the ideal one for you and enjoy this beautiful city as if you were at home.