Have you ever heard about Lisboa? With varied history and an excellent year-round climate, Lisboa is the capital of Portugal, one of the most tourist-trendy Countries to visit. If you plan to visit this stunning city, this is your guide! It contains incredible handpicked Lisboa pictures, with each one being geographically referenced. All you have to do is to click the pin icon on each card to access its location directly. This guide also intends to highlight the amazing talent there is within Lisbon photographers, so if you like the content do not forget to give them a follow. Hope you enjoy the guide!
These stairs are a Lisboa secret. Not visited by many, they provide a unique view of the 25 de Abril Bridge.
This street has a unique view of the Church of São Vicente de Fora. Combined with the trams on this street, it makes for amazing views and pictures.
This viewpoint, which was recently reworked, gives incredible views of the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Facing southwest, this viewpoint provides you with unique sunset views.
Formerly a royal palace, the Ajuda National Palace is nowadays a museum and the only palace still resembling the interior styling from the 19th century. It is also visitable, leaving space for a somewhat different experience.
The Santa Luzia Viewpoint provides some of the best nigh-light in Lisboa. It is undoubtedly a special place with an infinite view and a quiet atmosphere.
This Viewpoint also has one of the most fantastic sunrise views in Lisboa, with a full-on show of light that invites many people to sunrise missions to see it.
The Champalimaud Foundation is a private biomedical research institution. In the middle of its two buildings sits a place whose looks transport us to a cinematic setting. With endless views of the Tagus River, this is also one of the best places to see a sunset in the winter.
Chiado is known as the famous shopping and theatre district of Lisbon and is home to much more than just the topics mentioned above. With an incredible vibe and unique buildings, this is a must-visit area of downtown Lisboa.
From this viewpoint, you can pleasantly relax under the trees that compose it and enjoy a fantastic view that oversees Saint George's Castle and the Tagus River.
Cais das Colunas is usually the proper place where sea and land meet. Its views are often dependent on the tides, but this is also one of the best places for you to enjoy a Lisboa sunset, especially during the winter.
This is usually the finish line for tourists who walk up the hill from Alfama and the castle. It provides incredible views of the lower part of downtown Lisboa and a unique perspective of the Tagus River. This place offers some of the best sunset and night views in Lisboa.
This square commemorates the restoration of the independence of Portugal after 60 years of Spanish domination. Its surroundings are composed of buildings that fully immerse you in the city's overall experience.
The Rua Augusta Arch is also considered the gate to enter Lisboa, providing the entry point to a very open-vision street (Rua Augusta). There is also the possibility of visiting the upper part of the arch, giving you fantastic views from both sides.
This neoclassical monument, located in the Estrela district, is an absolute eye-catcher. It is also sided by the Estrela Garden, a fantastic neighbourhood park that combines nature and peacefulness. Overall, an excellent place to visit.
This hidden street has a fantastic view of São Bento Palace, especially for sunset conditions. A charming secret view!
The path that separates Docas from Belém is one of the best things you can do in Lisboa, with a seaside walk full of fresh air. In that walk, unique places await you, which will be presented in this guide. One of those landmarks is the opportunity to be below the 25 de Abril Bridge, providing excellent views of Almada and the Tagus River. Highly recommend visiting this area.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. Opened in 1998, it directly represents the connection between Portugal and the Sea and is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon, with a very high diversity of species to enjoy.
The Terreiro do Paço Ferry Terminal has recently undergone a full remodelation. It now has a modern design that turns it into a nice place to visit, as it is near the shore and also close to some of Lisboa's prominent landmarks close to Terreiro do Paço.
The National Coach Museum has one of the world's finest collections of historical carriages. While being one of the most visited museums in the city, this guide piece focuses on the staircase right outside the museum, which provides unique photos!
This specific street is one of the best to catch a great sunset light overseeing the eastern parts of Lisbon. It is also close to the Santa Catarina Viewpoint, so it is an excellent combination of places to visit!
This Square serves as a transition zone between Chiado and Bairro Alto districts. Often packed with people and overall movement, this is also the perfect place for some tram watching since they usually pass by this Square. Its afternoon light is also a significant quality of this area, as it provides unique photos.
This monument was constructed in its final form in 1960, marking the 500 years since the death of Infante Dom Henrique. It is a bold and imposing structure located on the banks of the Tagus River and is one of Lisbon's most essential and visited landmarks. Highly recommend seeing it since it is part of the Belém seaside walk mentioned above in this guide.
Often called the heart of modern Lisbon, this Square connects the Eduardo VII Park and the Avenida da Liberdade, which connects to downtown Lisbon. It is majorly surrounded by the corporate headquarters and the most deluxe hotels in town. A must-visit!
This place, a bit outside of the typical touristic range, has some of the most instagrammable sets of arches in Lisboa. It is located near the CGD Bank Headquarters and can be easily accessed through public transport!
The Monsanto Panoramic Viewpoint, located in the Monsanto Forest Park, is based on an old and abandoned gourmet restaurant that provides 360-degree views across Lisbon along multiple floors, including a fantastic South view of the 25 de Abril Bridge.
The Glória Funicular connects the Pombaline downtown with the Bairro Alto and is usually a big help if you feel like climbing Lisbon's seven hills is a hurdle. This funicular is also a fan favourite, as it attracts many people daily to take a ride on it.
Santo Amaro Docks, one of the finish lines for the Belém seaside walks mentioned above, is well served in terms of food and fun. It is one of the city's most pleasant places for a drink in the afternoon and has a lively night atmosphere with amazing views of the 25 de Abril bridge and the yachting marina.
Rua da Conceição intersects Rua Augusta and is the place to be to watch trams storming through the streets of downtown Lisbon. It is also one of the best streets for the afternoon light, with a beautiful gloomy look.
This 125-meter-long bridge that crosses two roads and train tracks is a fantastic piece of architecture. Its futuristic design makes it a perfect place for some photos while you visit the MAAT museum surroundings.
Usually underseen by people that visit Lisbon, this Monument is a particular piece of the city since it addresses the losses suffered in the Portuguese Colonial War. Besides the history, it is also composed of a very symmetrical piece that looks amazing at sunset.
This building introduces contemporary architecture to Lisbon's riverside and is a landmark of the city's skyline. If you are looking for instagrammable places, this might be the one for you. Warning: Some security guards do not allow camera photos inside the building's perimeter.
This street is also one of the best places to get that sunset light in the afternoon, as it directly enters through the open skyline. A lovely street to enjoy that golden hour time.
As stated above, the Monsanto Panoramic Viewpoint was an abandoned upmarket restaurant with multiple floors and a 360-degree view over Lisbon. Additionally, as seen in this photo, its abandon turned it into a freestyle art centre, where alternative artists create.
The MAAT museum, as the name says, is where Art, Architecture and Technology meet. The outside's architecture is also remarkable, considered Lisbon's Giant Wave. It is one of the best new Museums in Lisbon in terms of the content it provides. It is also part of the Belém coastal walk mentioned before, so you can use that to your advantage!
Although the A5 highway is not the focus point of this guide, this photo's location is a perfect place to go if you want a long exposure night shot with the cars' lights!
Duque de Saldanha Square is one of the main squares in the city of Lisbon. In terms of experience, it resembles the Marquês de Pombal Square since they are pretty close in distance and purpose - high-status business areas. An excellent place to visit!
Not well known to the general public, the Fronteira Palace is a privately owned Museum-House that intends to coexist the inhabitants with the visitors peacefully. With a stunning garden, it is undoubtedly a place to visit!
This tower, built between 1514 and 1520, is a significant historical piece in the city of Lisbon. It was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. Sided with amazing gardens, it makes for the perfect place for a breath of fresh air and marks the opposite finish line of the Belém walk mentioned before (That can be extended to the Champalimaud Foundation).
Cais do Sodré is considered the edgiest neighbourhood in central Lisbon due to its history with nightlife. Besides that, it also offers vibrant and trendy things to do and see, where TimeOut Market has to be included.
The National Pantheon holds tombs and cenotaphs of the country’s most important or famous cultural figures and a lot of history. Upon going up a staircase, you are presented with a fantastic terrace with views of Alfama and the Tagus River. A very underrated place with fantastic sunrise and sunset views of the city.
The Bica Funicular is Lisbon's most picturesque funicular, connecting Bica and Bairro Alta neighbourhoods. The experience of walking by these areas features distinctive buildings, excellent food and small shops.
Although the MAAT museum was already referenced, there must be a solo spot for its roof. With a direct connection to the bridge mentioned above, this roof offers a fantastic view into the sea, with direct views of the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Eastern end of Lisbon. Sunrises and Sunsets are an absolute wonder here!
Everything that was mentioned about Terreiro do Paço in this guide is a single entity of what composes the Praça do Comércio that deserves its highlight. One of the most beautiful in Europe, this square is fully open to the south, directly connecting to the Tagus River. If this guide has a must-visit (all of them are), this would be it.
Dom Pedro IV Square is Lisbon's main central square and is considered the city's true heart. With two stunning fountains, stone paving and a statue of Dom Pedro IV, this square creates terrific scenery to enjoy Lisbon at its best.
This Viewpoint is just a few meters after the Santa Luzia Viewpoint. The view is broader, and there are more places to get some food!
This street connects Cais do Sodré and Praça do Comércio and is usually less crowded than the main avenues. The afternoon light in this street is fantastic, giving amazing pictures!
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe that spans the Tagus River in the Parque das Nações district. The bridge's northern end sits above a district's green area called Parque Tejo. Parque Tejo has a skatepark and a lot of green spaces that allow you to take walks, take photos and practice sports. An excellent area in the oriental part of Lisbon.
This street is hidden from most touristic activities in Lisbon and is one of the best places to get a unique tram photo. In the afternoon, the light entering the view creates a superb effect, so I recommend you visit this street!
The ruined Carmo Convent is one of Lisbon's most beautiful sights. The ruins are what's left of the earthquake in 1755, and the arches still stand today. A fantastic place to visit!
This location is directly connected to the Dom Pedro IV Square and has some of the best light within that square's vision. Highly recommend taking some minutes to admire this location and its amazing views.
This elevator provides quick transport between Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. It has two different floors, both amazing for having a fantastic view of the city from different angles. Although it is usually very crowded, I would recommend you to go!
This is a historic castle in Lisbon. Here you can enjoy a piece of Portugal's history and insane views across the whole city. Lisbon has some of these old footprints, and this is one not to miss!
This Viewpoint in the Alvito neighbourhood has a completely wide open view of the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Tagus River. One of the most secret Viewpoints in Lisboa, perfect for sunrise and sunset colours.
Along with the Tower of Belém, this is one of the most visited sites in Lisbon. A former monastery inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, this is surely a special place for you to visit!
The Lisbon Cathedral, also known as Sé de Lisboa, is a Roman Catholic Catedral, considered the oldest church in the city. The photo in this guide shows the backside of the church, where you can enjoy an amazing light from east Lisbon.
This building was built to integrate within Expo 98. Its amazing architectural details make it an amazing place for some photos, with the bonus of it being very close to the Tagus River!
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