The stunning capital city of Lisbon is a photographer’s paradise. The hilly capital has medieval and vintage white corners, larger than life monuments and statues, red roofs and amazing viewpoints of the city and the blue sky and waters. So here are the top 15 Lisbon photography spots that you shouldn’t miss.
We have included all these places on the Google map below so that it is easier to track and get to the locations. As a bonus, all the things to do in Lisbon for photographing can be done for free.
If you are taking a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, you can capture the Pena Palace and more. We left that out from this list as this one only captures Lisbon. Learn how to incorporate a day trip to Sintra Pena Palace below
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15 Best Photo Spots in Lisbon: Lisbon Photography Guide
Rua Augusta Arch – Triumphant Arch
The triumphant legacy of Lisbon lies in overcoming the devastating earthquake of 1755 and re-building a new and better city – a city that is resistant to the seismic waves. 1755 Lisbon earthquake was felt even in Paris and it wiped out thousands of lives and living quarters.
In order to celebrate the victory of this resilient city against the natural calamity, this triumphant arch was built in 1855.
You can capture amazing shots of the Rua Augusta Triumphal Arch from underneath the arch, across the road or from the Praca do Commerico Plaza, where the arch is located (on the north end).
Location/How to get there?: Rua Augusta Arch – north end of Praça do Comércio Plaza. Commerce Plaza can be reached via trams, buses, tours or car. Many tram services start or end at the Commerce Plaza. The nearest Lisbon metro stations are Baixa-Chiado, Rossio or Cais do Sodre, just 10 minutes west. (R. Augusta 2, 1100-053 Lisboa, Portugal)
Costs: Free to view from outside
Tips for photographing the Rua Augusta Arch
- The Rua Augusta Arch is huge, like over 30 metres high. So trying to capture it from a distance is a good idea. That way you will capture the moody vibes and the arch along with the statue of King Jose I, which is actually located in the center of the Commerce Square.
- The road that leads to the Rua Augusta Arch is also a great capture, in the evenings when there is street entertainment going on, or cafes are lit up
Praça do Comércio
The Praça do Comércio plaza is a beautiful square to capture as well. The bright yellow pavilions – which houses restaurants and offices today – looks beautiful in the evening. The central figure or statue of King Jose I along with the Rua Augusta arch at the back makes for a stunning capture.
The Tagus River at the southern end of the Praça do Comércio or Commerce plaza is also perfect for photographing golden hour – sunset views.
As a busy square, the Praça do Comércio is also perfect for capturing the iconic Lisbon tram and the Rua Augusta Arch at the backdrop.
Location/How to get there?: The nearest Lisbon metro stations are Baixa-Chiado, Rossio or Cais do Sodre, just 10 minutes west.
Tips for photographing the Praça do Comércio Square
- Wide angle lens to capture the entire plaza and everything in between
- Perfect for capturing sunset on the Tagus river (and for taking a stroll)
- Also great to capture all the iconic landmarks of Lisbon in one spot
- The bright yellow pavilions, restaurants and food photography can be composed well at the Praça do Comércio plaza
Iconic – Tram 28 for Lisbon photography spots
Yellow trams in Lisbon are not just for pretty photos, but also serve as a lifeline of the city – transporting passengers. You can capture them in front of important landmarks in the central and historic parts of the city like Chiado, Baixa, Alfama and Rossio.
If you wish to capture yourself or someone with the tram, its better to head to a station where the tram stops for a few minutes and waits for passengers to embark (or disembark).
We took this photo when we disembarked the tram at the last stop in Alfama and the operator was waiting to let other passengers in.
Costs: Can be free – from a distance. Or tram fee 1.90 euros or unlimited with the Lisbon Card.
Tips for capturing the tram 28
- Try capturing the tram with iconic landmarks like the Lisbon Cathedral, Rua Augusta Arch or at an inclined near Miradouro das portas do sol
- Capture during day light hours, in the midst of hustle bustle of the city centre
Oldest historical quarter in Lisbon – Alfama district and neighborhood
Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon. It is filled with narrow lanes and requires an uphill climb, so wear comfortable shoes. While in Alfama ensure you capture the narrow lanes and views of the popular tourist attraction – Castelo de Sao Jorge or São Jorge Castle, and Se Cathedral or the Lisbon Cathedral.
Location/ How to get there? : Alfama neighborhood/district. Take tram 28 from city center to reach Alfama. Or book this walking tour.
Costs: Walking in Alfama is free. But entry to São Jorge Castle is costs 8.50 euros. Se Cathedral is best captured from outside and cost is free.
Tips for visiting Alfama and Alfama photo tips
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. Alfama requires uphill and downhill climb to capture the street nuances and buildings
- If visiting the São Jorge Castle, start early morning or later in the day to beat the crowd
- Need a photo of the tram and the Se Cathedral? You just have to wait patiently like 10-20 minutes and you will find one passing by, minus people or other cars in your frame.
Capture street art of Graca
Both Alfama and Graça are located at a height in Lisbon, offering amazing city and river views. The quiet neighborhood of Graca is less visited then the ‘oh-so-popular’ Alfama. It is considered such an offbeat neighborhood to visit during your trip to Lisbon.
Mostly a residential quarter, this is a must visit if you love street art and murals.
Location/How to reach: Tram 28 through Graça to Alfama
Tips for capturing street art in Graça
- There are tons of places to capture street art in Lisbon. As you wander through Graça, you will see some of the finest, but eclectic street art
- The neighborhood is not super crowded, as it is less touristy. So once you have explored Alfama, you can easily wander through Graca.
- Comfortable walking shoes are a MUST.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
One of the iconic and easy spots to capture red roofs and the river in Lisbon is from the Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Located in the Alfama historic district, this spot can be seen in many Instagram accounts and rightly so. You can’t go wrong at any angle here.
The Miradouro das Portas do Sol is a viewpoint and as it’s popular, expect a lot of crowd at all times of the day. There are cafes and restaurants near the viewpoint as well, that keeps people coming and going.
Location: Largo Portas do Sol, 1100-411 Lisboa, Portugal
Tips for Miradouro das Portas do Sol
- It is easy to capture the views from the Miradouro das Portas do Sol at any time of the day regardless of crowd. So pick a spot, but visualize what you have in mind – sunrise or sunset – you choose
- To capture yourself or if you are photographing someone with the views, try to arrive early when there are fewer people around.
Bairro Alto neighborhood
A popular hangout area, known for trendy restaurants and bars – Bairro Alto is mentioned as the must visit spot in all Lisbon travel guides. But we say, walk the lanes of Bairro Alto in the morning when it is quiet and capture the colorful lanes and the stunning tile work on various bars and residential buildings.
Not as great as Porto, but close.
Location: Bairro Alto district (Upper district). Restaurants back alley (R. da Barroca 110, 1200-051 Lisboa, Portugal) for some cool photos!
Tips for capturing Bairro Alto
- For tiles and building photos, visit in the morning, before noon hours
- For capturing nightlife, visit in the late afternoon – evening hours
- Wear comfortable walking shoes to wander the lanes
Marquis de Pombal and Parque Edward VII
Marquis de Pombal or Marquis of Pombal Square is an important round about in Lisbon. An uphill climb from the square, via lush green pedestrian lanes takes you to the Edward VII Park for some stunning views of the Pombal statue facing the river.
Location: Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-051 Lisboa, Portugal
Tips for capturing Marquis de Pombal and Parque Edward VII
- Perfect spot to capture a variety of shots from busy roundabout to Pombal’s statue with planes at the background. And from the Parque Edward VII, capture the waters and Pombal statue downhill.
- Mornings and evenings are perfect hours to create some magic with these areas.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes to walk uphill
Santa Justa Lift – Lisbon photography spots
Who thought a lift could be a piece of artwork? But it is, in the heart of Lisbon. The Santa Justa lift was set up to allow people to move from a higher level Carmo ruins (or Carmel Square) to the lower level Baixa.
The lift was designed by Gustave Eiffel’s apprentice. Yea – the same Gustave Eiffel who created the Eiffel Tower. Now there is a LONG line up to get to the lift. But it is only 5 euros to get up there and click stunning photos of the city.
But the beauty is to capture the lift itself, isn’t? So skip the dishes, I mean lines and capture the lift from Baixa lanes.
Or get to Carmo Convent and then from a little corner you have the lift on your right and the red roof buildings on your left. Or wear a bright dress and walk in front of the lift.
Now, who shines brightly – you, the lift or the dude playing music!
Location: R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa, Portugal
Costs: 5 euros to get to the lift. Outside views: Free
Tips for capturing the Santa Justa Lift
- If you are getting onto the lift, capturing city views will be amazing.
- The lift will always have people, that’s a given. So get creative with capturing the lift with people.
- You can get endless shots – of the lift itself, from a distance with lanes, cool details and more.
Belem tower – Lisbon photography for Instagram Spots
The beautiful Torre de Belem against the south Tagus River is breathtaking. There isn’t much to see inside the tower, but everything in and around it makes it so romantic and mesmerizing.
The Belem tower was built in the 16th century to welcome people to Lisbon Portugal. This limestone structure has been taking Instagram by storm.
To best capture the Belem Tower, you don’t have to pay for a ticket. You can take stunning pictures from afar and from either side of the tower. But if you have time on your hands, for sure, go in and enjoy the breeze from one their terraces.
Location: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal. Use Belem – Cascais train line or Tram no 15 to get there.
Costs: Pay 5 euros to get in. Outside views are free
Tips for capturing the stunning Belem Tower
- Sunsets are beautiful at the Belem tower
- Wear red, pink, green or any bright color to stand out from the white tower
- Cool ways to capture the tower, without getting inside is from the side banks of the river Tagus.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – Jerónimos Monastery
Together with the Belem tower, the Jeromerios Monastery is a recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site. Jeromerios Monastery together with the lush gardens makes for a perfect picture. The interiors of the monastery are more like a castle w
ith beautiful cravings and a maritime museum.
The beauty of the Jeromerios Monastery can be captured both from inside and outside (with the gardens).
Location: Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
Costs: 10 euros to enter the monastery. Chapel is free
Tips for capturing the Jeromerios Monastery
- Go after 5:00 pm, when the crowds die down at the Jeromerios Monastery and practically no line ups.
Monument to the Discoveries – Padrão dos Descobrimentos
To celebrate the maritime and sea discoveries of Portugal, the monument of Discoveries was created for the World Fair of 1940. The white monument of Discoveries captured along with the blue skies and river makes for a stunning composition. Trust me, no editing is required. If you are lucky, you can include yachts docked at the port.
Location: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal. (Santa Maria de Belém)
Tips for capturing the monument of Discoveries
- Daylight is better to capture the various faces craved at the monument of Discoveries
Cruise Port of Lisbon
The port of Lisbon photography spot can create stunning compositions. There are yachts, hungry hippos (that take you to the river), ferry, the Belem tower, bridges and so much more. So many ways to capture and use your photographing skills.
Location: Doca Jardim do Tabaco Terminal de Cruzeiros de Lisboa, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 1100-651 Lisboa, Portugal
Tips to capture the Port of Lisbon
- The port area is NEVER super busy. So you will find a quiet corner to capture the waters depending on your photographic mood.
- Of course, sunsets and sunrises are beautiful over waters and this is no different
25 de April bridge – Ponte 25 de Abril
If you have heard that Lisbon is compared to San Francisco some times, this bridge might be the reason why. The longest suspension bridge in Lisbon is filled with modern architectural and historical facts. The 25 de April bridge looks like the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. It was built to connect the communities of Lisbon and Almada.
The bridge is called the 25 de April Bridge because on 25th April, Portugal opened a new chapter in their long history – they got rid of their 50 year dictatorship (through the Carnation Revolution).
Costs: Free (toll 1.80 euros northbound traffic)
Tips for photographing the 25 de April bridge
- The 25 de April bridge is best captured from a distance like the port or while traveling towards Belem, near the Monument of Discoveries area
- You can also capture the Sanctuary of Christ the King statue from one end of the bridge.
Pink Street – Lisbon photography for Instagram Spots
Last but not least, the pretty pink street in Lisboa that has gotten all the attention lately. This pink street is located Rua Nova do Carvalho in the Cais de Sobre district – pretty close to Chiado.
The pink street was a red light district once upon a time and today a stretch of pink colored lane attracts tourists. The Pink Street also has great bars and restaurants in the area.
Location: R. Nova do Carvalho, 1200-372 Lisboa, Portugal
Tips for photographing the Pink Street
- It is hard to capture the street without people during the day. If you are okay with it, snap away
- To capture yourself or someone at the pink street, “walking away” pose is better. I was staring at the pink street, and it kinda looked weird, so we are not featuring that photo here
- You can get the street empty in the morning. Even the street cafes don’t have their menu stands outside before 09:00 – 10:00 am
Lisbon Photography Spots – Map
So that’s a wrap, these are some of the best Lisbon photo spots to capture this beautiful city that has completely stole my heart.
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Last Updated: October 03 2019