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A guide to the most Instagram worthy places in Lisbon

Let’s face it, a big part of travel is trying to get those Instagram perfect snaps and Lisbon is by far one of the most photogenic places we have visited. With the cobbled backstreets, and graffiti clad walls, there are so many Instagrammable places in Lisbon. We have put together this post to help you find the most photogenic places in Lisbon to really brighten your Instagram feed. So without further ado, here is our guide to the most Instagram worthy places in Lisbon.

The most Instagram worthy places in Lisbon

✈ The Pink Street

By far one of the most photogenic places in Lisbon has to be the Pink Street. Located on Rua Nova do Carvalho, at night time this street is one of the hottest areas to go out in Lisbon. By day, it is one of the most Instagram worthy places in Lisbon. It will definitely brighten your Instagram feed, and the good news is that it doesn’t get too busy in the day, so you can get pictures without tons of people photobombing you.

The pink street one of the most instagrammable places in Lisbon

✈ Belem Tower

Belem Tower is certainly one of the most obvious choices for the best places to photograph in Lisbon. It is a popular tourist attraction, and the lines to get in can get pretty busy. From the outside though, you can get some really beautiful pictures, especially if you go out of hours when there aren’t crowds of people around. We unfortunately didn’t have that luxury but even so, the Tower makes for a great picture. Especially if you stand near the wooden decking which leads you to the entrance. This creates the perfect leading line and draws your eye to the beauty that is the Belem Tower.

✈  Alfama District

There are several places in Alfama that are Instagram worthy and we will go through a few in a bit more detail, but we highly recommend taking a walk around Alfama. It is one of the most Instagram worthy places in Lisbon, with its narrow streets, graffiti decorated walls, and incredible views.

You could spend an afternoon here with your camera, just clicking away. Alfama was one of our favourite places to explore for this very reason. It is one of the oldest districts in Lisbon, and one of the most colourful by far in both palette and character.

✈ Lisbon Cathedral

Further into the Alfama district you will find the Lisbon Cathedral. This is one of Lisbon’s most recognised religious buildings. And it is where you can go to get that iconic shot of Tram 28 snaking its way past with the cathedral in the background. When we visited there was cladding on the building next to it, so were were not able to get that perfect shot, but it is still an iconic Lisbon photo, also I should note that the best photo we took was of Tram 12, but you get the point.

✈ Portas Do Sol Viewpoint

The Portas Do Sol Viewpoint is another of the most Instagrammable places in Lisbon. The views from here are incredible, especially around sunset. The atmosphere is also fantastic with buskers and artists trying to attract the attention of the tourists. This is a great place to grab a drink and soak in the atmosphere.

✈ Lisbon Story Arch

Add a pop of colour to your Instagram feed with the Lisbon Story Arch. Located right near a public toilet in Alfama, you will find this colourful tunnel which depicts the history of Lisbon in a series of comical cartoons.

✈ Miradouro de Santa Luzia

This romantic terrace located by the church of Santa Luiza is certainly one of the best photo spots in Lisbon. For starters the gardens surrounding them are beautiful, filled with tiled mosaic walls and bright colourful flowers.

There is also a beautiful look out point here where you can admire those incredible red tiled roofs whilst listening to buskers perform around you.

✈ Memmo Alfama

One of the best places to photograph in Lisbon by far has to be at the Memmo Alfama. This hotel has one of the most impressive rooftop bars and you can get some amazing photos of Lisbon from here. If you time it just right and you are here for sunset, then you can get some truly beautiful pictures. Plus what better way to enjoy the sunset then with a camera in one hand and a cocktail in the other?

Memmo Alfama one of the best photo spots in Lisbon

✈  Elevador da Gloria

We couldn’t compile a list of the best photo spots in Lisbon without mentioning Elevador da Gloria. The elevador or funicular is located in Santo Antonio and is probably one of the most photographed bits of public transport apart from Tram 28. What makes this one of the best places to photograph in Lisbon, is the funicular itself is covered in colourful graffiti, and with the background consisting of colourful homes and cobbled streets, you have yourself an Instagram favourite.

✈ Elevador da Bica

Located nearby is the equally beautiful and photogenic Elevador da Bica. Again with the grungy background of graffitied walls and quirky buildings, this makes for the perfect Instagram shot.

✈  Santa Justa Lift

The Santa Justa Lift might be an obvious choice but we certainly wanted to include it on this list. The lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard who was actually a student of Gustave Eiffel, who you might know from such designs as the Eiffel Tower!

✈ Praca do Comercio

The Praca do Comercio is the main square in Lisbon and popular with tourists. The square itself is beautiful but if you cross the road to admire the view of the Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon’s iconic suspension bridge you will find another of the best places to photograph in Lisbon. This is a great place to go at sunrise as you can get some brilliant shots of the bridge with a pink sky in the background.

✈ LX Factory

The LX Factory is pretty much a mecca for hip coffee shops, quirky stores, and some really funky outdoor bars. On top of that it is an Instagrammers dream. The street art is immense and there are so many awesome stores you can go into and take photos of.

✈ Ler Devagar

One of the best stores at the LX Factory has to be Ler Devagar. This is one of the most photogenic bookshops we have ever seen that is perfect for Instagram.

Best photo spots in Lisbon- a recap

Hopefully this article will help you find the most Instagrammable places in Lisbon. It really is the kind of city that you could spend days photographing and it was hard to narrow down the most Instagram worthy. I guess I should give a shout out to my Instagram and real life husband Dave, for putting up with me shouting at him to look wistfully into the distance while I take his picture. And if you are in Lisbon and you are thinking of doing a day trip, then you should consider visiting Sintra which in itself is one of the most Instagram worthy places we have visited.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Priyanka
    December 1, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Great pictures. Loved the pink street. Thanks for this detailed post. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      December 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      The pink street was so amazing. Thanks for reading.

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    Emma
    December 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Lisbon has just skyrocketed to the top of my bucket list! Great snaps!

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      December 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Aww brilliant! Thanks so much.

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    Lauren
    December 1, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Ler Devager looks amazing! Such unique spots, Lisbon looks so colourful and definitely somewhere I’d love to photograph one day!

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      December 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      We were so lucky to have stumbled upon that bookstore! Lisbon is really a photographers dream.

  • Reply
    Rahma
    December 1, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I loveeee all the locations you showed in this article! Lisbon is truly such a beautiful place. You compiled an insightful guide! Thank you

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      December 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Aww thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Pau
    December 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Sooo pinning this! Need this for my visit to Lisbon 🙂 Need instagrammable guides for everyyyy cityyyy

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      December 1, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you! Love a good instagrammable guide myself!

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    Marysia @ My Travel Affairs
    December 1, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Superb guide guys, I will be in Lisbon soon so it is gonna be handy 🙂

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      December 1, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you. Have a great time in Lisbon.

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    Katie Diederichs
    May 4, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Great post! I’m saving this list for future reference when me and my best friend goes there in a few months. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Lizzie
      May 4, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Oh I hope it helps. It is absolutely beautiful in Lisbon. Hope you have a fantastic time.

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