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15 Epic Instagram Spots in Lisbon | Lisbon Photography Guide

Enjoying a European summer stroll along Rua do Telhal, one of the most photogenic streets in Lisbon

Are you looking for the best Instagram spots in Lisbon?

This guide is for you!

I’m Mel, a photographer from London, and Lisbon is hands-down one of my favourite European destinations to capture photos around.

From historic landmarks to character-packed neighbourhoods, there’s no shortage of gorgeous Instagram spots in Lisbon.

So in this post, I’ve rounded up my 15 favourite Instagram spots in Lisbon. Let’s get into it!

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Best Instagram Spots In Lisbon

Holding up a delicious pastel de nata on a sunny morning over the rooftops of Belem, Lisbon

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Lisbon is full of charming streets, urban textures, colourful architecture, public art, and beautiful views, making it the perfect city for photographers and visual artists to get creative.

I usually shoot with my iPhone or Sony A7iii and a couple of different wide-angle lenses, like the 10-18mm (super wide) or 24-70mm (wide-angle zoom). (Check out my full list of travel photography recommendations here).

Anyway – let’s get on with Lisbon’s best Instagram spots!

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Admiring the beautiful public stairs at Travessa da Arrochela in Lisbon

15 Epic Instagram Spots in Lisbon

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Nothing says Lisbon like a bright yellow wall, right? Snapped in the Alfama district

1. Belém District

Belém is a historic district located just west of the city center, known for its charming riverside setting and rich cultural heritage.

It’s home to some of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks, like the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites – and in my opinion the district makes for one of the best Instagram spots in Lisbon.

Belém is also famous for its delicious custard tarts, the Pastel de Belém, which are served warm and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar, best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea. You gotta try ’em!

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Bright, sunny morning outside Jeronimo Monastery – one of Lisbon’s biggest tourist sites

2. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, or the Jerónimos Monastery, is another stunning example of Portuguese late Gothic (or Manueline) architecture located in Belém.

Known also as Portuguese late Gothic, the Manueline style features large arches, twisted frames, cornices, facades and vaults. In other words, grand and gorgeous architectural details for your lens to explore.

The ornate detailing and intricate carvings on the exterior make it a popular spot for photography. Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire building. Avoid going there in the middle of the day – it gets super crowded!

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Tourists admiring the ornate façade of Jeronimo Monastery

3. Belém Tower

The Belem Tower is a historic fortress that sits on the banks of the Tagus River. It’s a great spot for taking photos of the river and the tower itself, which is a masterpiece of Manueline or Portuguese late Gothic architecture.

Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire tower and the surrounding area, or a zoom/telezoom to capture stunning details up close. We rented electric scooters after our visit and cruised alongside the river in the sun!

It gets supremely touristy between 10am to 4pm, so go really early or really late to avoid crowds.

My curly-haired friend Victoria exploring the hilly streets of Alfama

4. Alfama District

The Alfama district is one of the oldest and most charming neighbourhoods in Lisbon. With its winding streets, colourful houses, and traditional tiled buildings, it’s a photographer’s dream.

I’d recommend just walking around and capturing the hilly streets and buildings as and when they take your fancy. If you’re going to capture images at night, bring a camera with good low-light capabilities.

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At Lisbon’s iconic Tile Museum – this is one of my favourite ever photos!

5. Museo du Azulejo (Tile Museum)

If you love beautiful tilework and stunning architecture, then head to Lisbon’s Tile Museum (Museo du Azulejo) for an incredible backdrop. Azulejos are the colourful glazed tiles that adorn Lisbon’s walls.

The museum itself is housed in a former convent which is full of arched ceilingsintricate tilework and elegant courtyards – a great place to shoot photos if you’re a photographer or content creator.

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Chilling at Rua Nova do Carvalho / Pink Street during sunrise!

Chilling at Rua Nova do Carvalho / Pink Street during sunrise!

6. Rua Nova do Carvalho / Pink Street

Rua Nova do Carvalho, also known as Pink Street, is a vibrant pedestrian street located in the Cais do Sodré neighborhood of Lisbon. The street is paved with pink cobblestones and features colorful buildings and street art, making it a popular spot for photography.

I’d recommend visiting early in the morning before the streets get too busy. Then again, it’s perfect for night street photography! Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire street – I’d recommend a 16-35mm or a 10-18mm (my fave).

An early morning at the regal Rossio Square

An early morning enjoying Lisbon’s regal – and impeccably clean – Rossio Square

7. Rossio Square / Museu do Dinheiro

Rossio Square is a bustling plaza in the heart of the Baixa district that’s surrounded by historic buildings and cafes. It’s a great spot for capturing the energy of the city, especially during the daytime when the square is full of people. We got up early to capture the patterned cobblestones without anyone else around!

The Museu do Dinheiro, or Money Museum, can be found in Rossio Square. The museum is housed in the former headquarters of the Bank of Portugal, a beautiful neoclassical building with ornate detailing. If you fancy an interactive exhibit, head here.

Afternoon light and shadow falling through the archways of Praça do Comércio

8. Praça do Comércio

Just a short walk from Rossio Square is Praça do Comércio, or Commerce Square, is one of Lisbon’s most iconic squares, with its yellow buildings and statue of King José I.

Located in Baixa, the bustling public square features stunning views of the Tagus River and the Arco da Rua Augusta, making it a great spot for capturing the grandeur of Lisbon’s historic architecture.

Bring a polarising filter (I love this one by K&F Concept) to reduce glare and make the colours pop – and make sure your camera has good dynamic range to capture details if there’s harsh shadows and strong sun.

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Green meets yellow at Travessa da Arrochela in Lisbon

9. Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods, known for its narrow streets, charming architecture, and vibrant nightlife. During the day, the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, with locals and tourists alike wandering the streets.

Then Bairro Alto comes alive at night when the bars and clubs open their doors, To get the best photos of Bairro Alto, visit during early morning when people are still asleep, or in the early evening when the streets are lit up with a warm golden glow.

As the sun goes down goes on, the neon lights of the bars and clubs will add an extra pop of colour to your photos!

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 Sitting outside Lisbon City Hall – a stunning building!

10. Lisbon City Hall

Lisbon City Hall, also known as the Paços do Concelho, is a historic building located in the Praça do Município. The building’s beautiful neoclassical architecture and ornate detailing make it a great spot for photography.

Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire building or a portrait lens to capture the intricate carvings. I’d also recommend a polarising filter because you’ll get a lot of harsh glare and overexposure from the white stone and marble if the sun is up.

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11. Casa do Alentejo

We stumbled across this little sliver of Marrakech, Morocco tucked away in Lisbon. This is Casa do Alentejo. Gorgeously designed, with beautiful tiles, leafy green trees and a water feature in the courtyard, we loved taking photos in this place, which is the entry way to a grand restaurant.

12. Ponte de Abril Bridge

The Ponte de Abril Bridge, also known as the 25 de Abril Bridge, is one of the most iconic landmarks in Lisbon. This suspension bridge spans the Tagus River and connects the city with the Almada district.

It’s a great spot for capturing the stunning views of the city and the river. Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire bridge!

13. LX Factory

LX Factory is a creative hub in Alcântara packed with quirky boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries and street art. The mini-city is a great spot for capturing the urban vibe of Lisbon, especially the colourful street art and the industrial architecture.

To get to LX Factory, take the train to Alcântara-Mar Station and walk about 10 minutes. This is a great spot for street photography.

14. Ler Devagar Bookstore

One of the highlights of LX Factory is the Ler Devagar bookstore, housed in a former printing press factory.

The bookstore features a vast collection of books, a unique industrial-style interior, and a cozy café.

Ler Devagar a must-visit spot for book lovers and content creators – it’s one of the most famous Instagram spots in Lisbon!

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15. Rua do Telhal

Rua do Telhal is one of Lisbon’s most colourful and picturesque streets, right in the heart of the historic center. Lined with tiled facades and character, it’s a popular spot for photography enthusiasts who stumble across it while exploring the city.

I came across the street by chance, and now I swing by every time I’m in town!

Rua do Telhal is so photogenic and is hands-down one of my favourite photography spots in Lisbon.

16. Miradouro das Portas do Sol

The Miradouro das Portas do Sol is a popular viewpoint located in the Alfama district. It offers stunning views of the river, the Alfama neighborhood, and the São Jorge Castle.

Up here you can appreciate Lisbon’s historic architecture and colourful rooftops. As always, I recommend a wide-angle lens for getting those fabulous panoramas, or a telephoto lens for some stunning close-ups.

17. The Ascensor do Lavra (Lavra Tram)

The Ascensor do Lavra (or Elevador do Lavra) is a tram line that connects Avenida da Liberdade with the bougie Pena area at the top of the hill. This tram line connects Lisbon’s hilly streets and has become a super popular photography spot.

The carriages (funiculars) are a cheerful yellow colour – though you’ll likely see them covered in graffiti. Inside you’ll see the brass controls for the driver and polished wooden seats. Gritty!

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18. Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral, also known as Sé de Lisboa, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Alfama district of Lisbon.

The cathedral’s mix of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque, make it a unique and interesting spot for photography. It’s pretty dim inside, so use a camera with good low-light capabilities!

19. Rua Augusta Arch

The Rua Augusta Arch is a triumphal arch that sits at the end of the Rua Augusta, one of Lisbon’s main shopping streets. It’s a great spot for taking photos of the arch itself and the bustling street below.

Bring a camera with good dynamic range to capture the details in the shadows and highlights.

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20. Parque das Nações

Parque das Nações is a modern neighborhood in Lisbon that’s home to a variety of contemporary architecture and attractions, such as the Vasco da Gama Bridge and the Oceanarium.

This is a great spot for capturing the futuristic side of Lisbon, especially the striking architecture and the geometric shapes.

21. Jardim da Estrela

Jardim da Estrela is a beautiful park located in the Estrela neighborhood of Lisbon. It’s a great spot for capturing the beauty of nature in the city, especially during the spring when the park is in full bloom. Bring a macro lens to capture the details of the flowers and plants, or a wide-angle lens to capture the entire park.

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Enjoying the views of colourful houses just outside Lisbon City Hall

22. Convento do Carmo

The Convento do Carmo is a historic convent that was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. The ruins of the convent are now a popular tourist attraction and a great spot for photography.

The Gothic architecture and the exposed arches make for stunning photos. Bring a camera with good low-light capabilities for shooting in the shadows.

23. São Jorge Castle

The São Jorge Castle is a historic fortress that sits on top of a hill in the heart of Lisbon. With its commanding views over the city, it’s a great spot for taking photos. Sunset is a particularly beautiful time to visit – remember to bring a wide-angle lens to capture the entire castle and the panoramic views of the city!

24. Miradouro de Santa Luzia

The Miradouro de Santa Luzia is a viewpoint that overlooks the Tagus River and the Alfama district. It’s a great spot for taking photos of the colorful buildings and the river, especially during sunset or sunrise.

Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the sweeping views of the city – and make sure you’re only taking photos when the light is low, else you’ll risk overexposed images!

25. Elevador de Santa Justa

The Elevador de Santa Justa is a historic elevator that connects the Baixa district with the Carmo Convent. It’s a great spot for capturing the intricate ironwork and the panoramic views of the city. Bring a tripod to stabilise your images for long-exposures, or a telephoto lens to capture all those brilliant details that your wide angle lens can’t!

Best Instagram Spots in Lisbon

Hope you found these best Instagram spots in Lisbon useful. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an Instagram enthusiast, Lisbon has so many stunning spots to capture. Every time I visit, I find new little gems to capture on camera!

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What is the best time of day to take photos in Lisbon?

I personally love visiting at either sunrise or sunset, when the light is low and creates that golden hour glow. Let me know if you’ve got any Lisbon photography locations to add to the list!

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Mel Legarda

Melissa Legarda is the founder of illumelation. She has worked as a travel blogger, creator and writer since 2015, and has collaborated with well-known brands worldwide. She has helped over 1,100+ students improve their travel photography skills since launching her creative courses. Her mission is to encourage and empower others to travel and create more. Find her on Instagram.

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