5 Photogenic Locations in Lisbon

The Portuguese capital is easily one of the prettiest European cities, bursting with colour and energy. With so many vantage points in the city thanks to steep hills, you can see for miles. Whether you decide to capture the spirit of local people, the iconic yellow trams or the intricate tiled buildings, here are some must-see photogenic locations in Lisbon!

1. Ascensor da Bica

The Bica Funicular, sometimes known as the Elevador da Bica, connects the Rua de São Paulo with Largo do Calhariz with a steep descent and has been in operation since 1892. It’s the most photographed funicular in Lisbon as it faces the Tagus River, and is just a short 10 minute walk from Baixa-Chiado metro station.

2. Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Hop on the famous tram 28 to Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Easily the best viewpoint in Lisbon, offers stunning views over Alfama, São Jorge Castle and the Tagus River. The observation deck is usually heaving with people, taking photos from all angles while trams travel past the main street. The best part about this place is being able to see the different coloured houses in Alfama, street art on the sides of buildings and in the distance, 25 de Abril Bridge.

3. Arco da Rua Agusta

Probably the easiest place to people watch is at Arco da Rua Agusta. The ornate 18th century triumphal arch leads to Commerce Square from Rua Augusta shopping street. It’s a beautiful and imposing structure that is an iconic landmark and meeting point is Lisbon.

4. Village Underground

Just around the corner from the creative hub and shopping quarter, LX Factory, Village Underground is co-working community space made from old shipping containers and double decker buses. It’s a colourful space that shows how much the city is moving forward for the generations to come.

5. MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

This relatively new museum to join Lisbon’s cultural scene aims to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists and architects. It was designed by British architect Amanda Levete. Based in Belém, a 30 minute bus ride out of town, the futuristic-style museum aims to transform the riverfront.