7 incredible views in Lisbon to photograph

Anna Carolina Negri

We’ve selected a few places in the Portuguese capital that will help you understand why the city is one of the most popular and most charming tourist destinations in Europe


Lisbon is in fashion! In 2018, it became one of the most popular destinations among travelers and was selected, for the second consecutive year, as the Best Tourist Destination in the World by the World Travel Awards.


The city’s secret? Perhaps its great gastronomy – always accompanied by an excellent Portuguese wine –, historical structures, beautiful sceneries viewed from atop its steep hills. The Portuguese capital pleases the most diverse traveler profiles: bohemians, fans of contemporary culture, as well as more traditional tourists.


In this photo essay, we invite you to explore seven angles in Lisbon to inspire your next travel itinerary.


1- Castelo de São Jorge



Set aside some time in Lisbon to visit the overlook at Castelo de São Jorge, one of the many observation points in the city. A mandatory stop for first-time tourists, the structure dating from the 11th century is home to a permanent exhibition about the history of Lisbon.

Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100


2- Praça do Rossio (or Praça Dom Pedro IV)



Going down Calçada do Carmo you’ll arrive at this iconic plaza, filled with cafés, restaurants, and flower shops. The pavement in the shape of waves was one of the first works on public thoroughfares that made Portuguese stones famous.

Praça do Rossio


3- Mosteiro dos Jerônimos



Lisbon natives usually say that the monastery is the birthplace of the delicious recipe for pastel de Belém, a traditional Portuguese sweet that you can try at the pastry shop Pastéis de Belém, nearby the monastery. With a predominantly Manueline style, it was built to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s return from India.

Praça do Império, 1400


4- Cloister at Mosteiro dos Jerônimos



In the photo, detail of the cloister at Mosteiro dos Jerônimos. The place is home to the tombs of poets Luís de Camões and Fernando Pessoa, and explorer Vasco da Gama, in addition to the National Archaeology Museum and the Maritime Museum. See here how to buy tickets.

Praça do Império, 1400


5- Arco da Rua Augusta



The structure pays homage to the strength and resilience of Lisbon natives, who recovered after a strong earthquake in 1755. After undergoing a revitalization project, the overlook was opened to the public, offering a 360-degree view of Baixa de Lisboa, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in the capital.

Rua Augusta with Praça do Comércio


6- Tower of Belém



The terrace of the tower is perched on the Tagus. Built in the early 16th century as a fort for the military protection of the capital, these days the tower is a star monument in travel guides. Take advantage of your visit to Mosteiro dos Jerônimos to explore this Lisbon icon, a 15-minute walk away.

Avenida Brasília, 1400


7 – Yellow cable cars (or eléctricos)



A favorite among tourists and locals alike, the eléctricos – yellow cable cars – are the most charming means of transportation in Lisbon. The most famous line is the 28E, which takes passengers to several tourist attractions in the city, including Sé de Lisboa, Miradouro das Portas do Sol, and Igreja de Santo Antônio. Tickets can be bought when you board a tram.

Stop at Praça João Bosco, in the neighborhood of Prazeres



Plan ahead your trip to Lisbon


Getting to the city

You can take the subway from the airport and head to the main regions in the Portuguese capital. For anyone who prefers more comfort, taxis are a great option as the rides are not expensive.


Where to stay in the Portuguese capital

In Lisbon, if you’re looking for excitement, the perfect destination is the neighborhood of Chiado. Avenida da Liberdade is filled with luxury accommodations, and in the surroundings of Praça Marquês do Pombal you’ll find hotels from famous chains. For anyone looking for a place to stay with children, a great option is the neighborhood of Alfama, which is close to several tourist attractions.


Getting around the city

Prepare your legs for the Lisbon hills! But the most popular means of transportation is the charming eléctrico – the yellow cable cars that glide through the streets. The most famous line is the 28 E. Check out the routes and lines of the “cable car.”


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