Lisbon: 20 photo spots that will make you want to go there

The Arc de Triomphe Arco da Rua Augusta in Lisbon

Few cities in Europe make my heart leap for joy like Lisbon does. The capital of Portugal exudes simply immense charm! Not only are there an enormous number of buildings, squares and alleyways worth seeing, but there are also plenty of places where you can simply relax and unwind. For this article, I went through over 1.000 photos from two city trips to present you the 20 best pictures and photo spots from Lisbon. But beware: looking at the photos might trigger instant wanderlust!


A summary of the best photo spots and photo opportunities in Lisbon

Viewing terraces with sensational views of the entire city

Tips for photo spots directly on the river Tagus with bridges and monuments as motifs

Detail shots from Lisbon that show the enormous creativity of the city

Accurate GPS location data so you can quickly locate the photo spots

This article was last updated on 22. June 2022 updated.


Travel time: November 2019 (4 days, 3 nights); October 2008 (3 days, 2 nights)
How to get there: By plane from Vienna-Schwechat airport to Lisbon Humberto Delgado airport (approx. 3:00 h)
Accommodation: 262 Boutique Hotel* (Rua Nova do Carvalho 15): Very good location near Cais do Sodre station; hidden, inconspicuous entrance on pink-painted alley Rua Nova do Carvalho, staff nice, no elevator, room relatively large but WC very cramped, shower surprisingly spacious and good, possibly not for shy couples or friends because of glazing; room windows triple soundproofed, but still muffled noise from party mile "Pink Street" audible, beds very good, no safe, fast WLAN, breakfast not booked. Recommend? YES, but rather only for noise insensitive people and party tigers.
On my favorite hotel search engine you will find more beautiful accommodations in Lisbon*.


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Fishermen at the river Tajo in the sunset in Lisbon

Lisbon: A city for visual types

If you haven't been to the Portuguese capital Lisbon yet, then it's about time! Writing this article, I'm honestly still excited, even though my city trip was way too long ago again (note to self: return urgently!). The photos from Portugal always refresh my memories and the emotions live high again. Lisbon is simply an incredibly picture-perfect city, where you'll find photo spots and photo motifs at every turn that will impress the friends and family back home. Whether it's famous landmarks or hidden alleys, it's really not hard to find attractive places to visit in Lisbon.

Photo spots in Lisbon to whet your appetite

This blog post is one of a total of four articles in which I will introduce you to the beauties and advantages of Lisbon. In the blue info box below, you'll find the links to all the other posts to prepare you optimally for your city trip to Lisbon. This article here I understand as an inspiration to present you Portugal's capital first of all from the visual side before I go into detail. I'm sure you can imagine that choosing from my 1 or so.000 vacation photos was not exactly easy. Lisbon is attractive at any time of the day, but of course you can take special photos around sunset, when the city and its sights are seen from the best photo spots in a particularly intense light.

These are the photo spots you can't miss in Lisbon

Among my personal favorites among the photo spots in Lisbon are definitely the numerous squares, which make for attractive pictures, especially with their memorable ground patterns. A walk along the waterfront of the impressive looking river Tejo is also recommended, especially early in the morning and late in the evening, when the sun illuminates the worth seeing buildings and the fishermen cast their fishing rods. In the city center itself, your eye for details is in demand: look out for the many colorful and creatively designed tiles on house walls, which give the narrow streets a delicate lightness. And one more tip: make sure to pack your telephoto lens to compress the many elements on the streets of Lisbon into a strong overall image!


Lisbon: An ode to the streetcar: Here I dedicate a whole article to the old streetcar of Lisbon – the secret star of the city – with many photos and historical background information.

Lisbon: 20 photo spots that make you want to go: This article is a real inspiration for you if you have never been to Portugal's capital and want to be lured with the best photo spots and pictures!

Lisbon: The 15 Best Sights (coming soon): A travelogue about Lisbon with lots of details, personal experiences and general tips about the main attractions of the city.

Lisbon: 10 things you must do! (coming soon) What activities you should do in Lisbon from my point of view and not miss, I have packed into this travelogue.


Photospots Lisbon: Ponte Vasco da GamaPhotospots Lisbon: Ponte 25 de AbrilPhoto spots Lisbon: Padrao dos DescobrimentosPhotospots Lisbon: Rossio train stationPhotospots Lisbon: Funicular railroad Ascensor da GloriaPhotospots Lisbon: Viewing Terrace Miradouro de Sao Pedro de AlcantaraPhotospots Lisbon: Monastery Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Photo spots Lisbon: Ponte 25 de Abril at sunset


Highly recommended is the Lisbon Card for 24h, 48h or 72h*, which I used myself. The voucher can be exchanged for the card directly after arrival at the airport, so you can immediately take the train into the city and generally use all public transport in Lisbon. In addition, the card also offers discounted and sometimes free admission to the main attractions.

Many visitors love the hop-on/hop-off buses through Lisbon*, which are of course also offered.

A sunset boat trip on the Tagus with wine and snacks* is a great way to celebrate the end of a great day in Lisbon, and not just for couples in love!

If you want to get a close-up explanation of Lisbon's old town, then a guided walk through the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts with a streetcar ride* is something for you.

If you want to be a bit more sporty, check out the guided e-bike tour of Lisbon* with lots of explanations by a city guide along the way.

Lisbon is full of creative street art! On a guided street art walk through Lisbon*, an expert will show you the most beautiful murals.

Photospots Lisbon: Arc de Triomphe Arco da Rua AugustaPhoto spots Lisbon: Eating and drinkingPhoto spots Lisbon: Praca do MunicIpioPhotospots Lisbon: Cafe A BrasileiraPhoto spots Lisbon: Pasteis de NataPhoto spots Lisbon: Torre de BelemPhotospots Lisbon: Azulejos (ceramic tiles)Photospots Lisbon: Cristo Rei and Ponte 25 de AbrilPhotospots Lisbon: Tramway / tramwayphotospots Lisbon: Aqueduct Aqueduto das aguas LivresPhotospots Lisbon: ceramic tiles (azulejos) photospots Lisbon: Ponte 25 de Abril and seagulls


In this article I showed you the 20 best photo spots and photo motives from Lisbon. The Portuguese capital presents itself creative, colorful and attractive at every turn. The pictures show you the many facets of the city at the Tejo and what you can expect during a city trip. Have you now got a taste for Lisbon? Then take a look at my other travel reports about Lisbon, which are linked in the blue info box at the beginning of the article. Have fun reading and I'm happy if you leave me a comment! 🙂

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