Lisbon, the vibrant and colorful capital of Portugal, is a destination that should be on every Instagrammer’s bucket list. Filled with vibrant old-world charm and dreamy pastels, Lisbon is a photographer’s dream come true!
I couldn’t help but take tons of photos during recent Lisbon solo female travel. With beautiful architecture, unique old buildings, and dozens of incredible views, this city is the perfect place for a getaway full of aesthetic delights.
That’s why I’ve put together this guide to the most Instagram-worthy places in Lisbon, based on my time photographing the city and gathering tips from locals.
Read on for photography tips and a list of the best Instagram spots in Lisbon!
How to Get the Most Instagrammable Photos of Lisbon
As an experienced photographer and social media professional, I want to start this Lisbon Instagram guide with a few tips that will help you get the best photos in the easiest way possible!
Plan for lighting: Lisbon is known for its beautiful golden light during sunrise and sunset. Plan your shoots during these times for warm, atmospheric lighting. In order to get the best photos possible, look up sunrise and sunset times in advance.
Get up early: If you want to shoot the most Instagram-worthy places in Lisbon without the crowds, you’ll have to get up and at ‘em, especially if you’re traveling during peak season. This can be hard to do so you could always set aside one early morning and plan to hit a number of spots located close together.
Use different angles: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different perspectives and angles. Capture wide-angle shots to showcase the city’s grandeur, and try getting close-ups of unique architectural details or street scenes.
Pay attention to details: Unique Instagram spots in Lisbon may sneak up on you! This city is full of intricate details and colorful facades. Look out for decorative tiles (azulejos), traditional balconies, and street art that can make your photos more visually appealing.
Experiment with long exposures: If you want to capture dynamic and dreamy photos, try using long exposures, especially during sunset or at night. This technique can create stunning light trails from the city’s trams or smooth out the movement of the Tagus River. It can also help you stand out as the focal point, blurring any crowds around you.
Be respectful of locals: While capturing photos, be mindful of the local residents and their privacy. Avoid intruding or causing inconvenience to people while taking pictures, especially in residential areas.
Get photo inspiration from Instagram: Search for your favorite Lisbon Instagram spots on the app and browse photos to get inspiration.
Wear white or another soft color: I’m a huge fan of white and black clothing, especially when I’m shooting in colorful locations. I prefer for my clothing to complement its surroundings.
For more incredible photo spots, be sure to check out this guide to Porto viewpoints. If you want to ensure the best photography weather, take a look at my guide to the best time to visit Portugal for a look at each of the different seasons.
Map of Lisbon Instagram Spots
To help you navigate, I’ve put together a map with the exact locations of all the most Instagrammable places in Lisbon! Be sure to save it to your Google Maps so you can start snapping away once you arrive.
How to Get Professional Photos
If you really want to up your Instagram game, consider joining a tour. Specifically for photography, these professionals will take you to some amazing photo spots. Check out the options below:
- Combine a walking tour with a photoshoot to really get your money’s worth!
- Traveling with others? Take advantage of this private shoot around Lisbon!
The Most Instagrammable Lisbon Spots
In Lisbon, vibrant culture, historic charm, and picturesque landscapes come together to create the ultimate eye candy. This place is Instagram girly heaven.
Not only is a photo shoot one of the best things to do in Lisbon alone, it also ensures you have a travel keepsake you can cherish for years to come!
So, fix your hair and grab your camera, it’s time to discover the best Instagram spots in Lisbon!
1. Lisbon Miradouros
Lisbon’s miradouros, or viewpoints, have breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The terracotta rooftops, sparkling Tagus River, and iconic landmarks are one of the best places to capture the perfect view of Lisbon. Prioritize the miradouros below for the best photos.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia: The most popular viewpoint with a gorgeous terrace overlooking the river past Alfama’s colorful buildings. The blooming bougainvillea and blue and white azulejo tiles scream charm and romance.
Miradouro da Graça: Situated on top of the Graça neighborhood, this viewpoint treats you to panoramic vistas of Lisbon’s rooftops, the São Jorge Castle, and the river. It’s perfect for capturing stunning photos of the city’s beauty.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol: One of my favorite Lisbon Instagram spots, this viewpoint offers breathtaking views of Lisbon’s winding streets and the dome of the Lisbon Cathedral, providing a perfect backdrop for capturing the essence of the city’s charming old-world charm.
2. Bairro Alto
Known for its vibrant nightlife and bohemian atmosphere, Bairro Alto offers a lively backdrop for your photos. Capture the colorful street art, traditional Fado music venues, and bustling streets.
Lisbon’s downtown district, the Baixa neighborhood is characterized by grand squares, wide boulevards, and elegant neoclassical architecture. This neighborhood is full of amazing Lisbon Instagram spots!
You’ll want to head straight to Praça do Comércio with its yellow buildings and waterfront location where you’ll find a picturesque fusion of history and modernity in the heart of the city. Center yourself between the arches and columns beneath the walkways letting its leading lines craft the perfect focus.
PS: Did you know baixa means downtown in Portuguese? That’s right! That’s why there are other Portuguese cities like Porto have a baixa of their own. That city center, in particular, also happens to be one of the most Instagrammable places in Porto!
4. Rua Augusta Arch
Arco da Rua Augusta is an iconic landmark at Commerce Square. With its grand structure and intricate details, this massive arch is the perfect photo spot. During busy times, use it as a focal point to capture Lisbon’s vibrant, bustling energy.
5. Santa Justa Lift
The Santa Justa Lift, also known as Elevador de Santa Justa, is a stunning iron elevator that connects Baixa to Bairro Alto. This historic lift offers numerous opportunities at different angles and levels. Capture the beautiful ironwork towering above the surrounding cityscape or head to the top for a stellar view.
6. Carmo Convent
The Carmo Convent is a captivating architectural ruin in Lisbon that dates back to the 14th century. With its roofless nave and towering Gothic arches, this spot is an incredible backdrop with fascinating contrast between the majestic stone structure and the clear blue sky.
The historic Alfama district is a maze of narrow streets, colorful buildings, and charming alleyways. Its decorative tiles, hanging laundry, and winding cobblestone streets give off a timeless beauty that makes this neighborhood one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Lisbon.
Psst: The photo shoots don’t have to stop here! A few days of Algarve solo travel will give you plenty more opportunities to snap picture-perfect photos of Portugal’s stunning southern coast.
8. São Jorge Castle
Perched atop one of Lisbon’s seven hills, São Jorge Castle offers magnificent panoramic views of the city. Capture the ancient fortress walls, medieval towers, and the river beyond the sweeping vistas of Lisbon’s rooftops.
9. Casa do Alentejo
Casa do Alentejo is a hidden gem that showcases the cultural heritage of the Alentejo region. Capture the intricate Moorish-inspired architecture, colorful tiles, and ornate details of this former palace, which now serves as a cultural center, providing a unique and visually captivating setting for your photographs.
PS: This Iberian Peninsula is teeming with gorgeous Moorish architecture- you just have to know where to look! I was able to experience the beauty of the legendary Royal Alcazar on a Seville solo travel journey, and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of this style!
10. Lisbon Cathedral
The Sé de Lisboa is the oldest church in the city. Its Romanesque architecture, intricate stain glass window, and tranquil interior make it one of the most Instagram worthy places in Lisbon. After you get your photos, take a break to appreciate the history and spirituality of the church and experience a moment of serenity amidst the bustling city.
PS: If you enjoy Lisbon’s cathedral, make sure you head on a solo trip to Porto to check out the incredible baroque churches covered in blue and white azulejos- some with more than 16,000 tiles covering their facades!
11. Church of Santa Luzia
The Church of Santa Luzia in the Alfama neighborhood offers a breathtaking view of Lisbon and the Tagus River. Photograph the beautiful azulejo panels depicting historical scenes, the Baroque-style interior, and the magnificent balcony where you can frame the cityscape, creating a stunning visual contrast between architectural splendor and natural beauty.
Known for its iconic narrow street, Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo, this charming neighborhood is filled with Lisbon Instagram spots that will get your creative juices flowing. Capture the traditional yellow trams navigating the steep incline, vibrant street art, and the vibrant atmosphere of cafes and shops that line the street, showcasing the vibrant energy and unique character of Lisbon.
13. Bica Elevator
The Bica Elevator, or Ascensor da Bica, is a historic yellow tram that connects the Bairro Alto and Baixa districts. It’s easy to see why this spot is one of the most instagrammable places in Lisbon! Capture the vintage charm of the yellow tram as it ascends or descends the picturesque street, framed by colorful buildings, showcasing the unique transportation system and architectural beauty of Lisbon.
Psst: Speaking of Instagrammable things… have you been wondering is Aveiro worth visiting? This coastal town is home to the most adorable moliceiro boats, lovely canals, and the famous striped beach houses of Costa Nova! A day trip here is basically picture-perfect.
14. Hello Kristoff
Hello Kristoff in Bica is worth a visit for more than its coffee and yummy food. This Instagrammable cafe is darling with a pink exterior and magazines lining the walls on wooden shelves. This place is usually packed so try to get early if you want a particular photo.
15. Dear Breakfast (Bica)
Not only does Bica’s Dear Breakfast have some stellar brunch options, it’s also one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Lisbon! Deep blue velvet seats pop against the all-white walls and counters of this chic restaurant. Make sure to grab a picture with one of its asymmetrical archways!
16. Green Street
Rua Silva, also known as Green Street, is a charming street in Lisbon decked out with lush greenery and trees. The natural beauty of the plants and the vibrant colors of the surrounding buildings are the perfect backdrops for a shot of you beneath the sign.
17. Pink Street
You’ll recognize Rua Nova do Carvalho, known as the famous pink street by its distinctive pink pavement and rainbow umbrellas. Who would have thought a former red light district would become one of today’s most Instagrammable places in Lisbon? Grab shots beneath the umbrellas and center yourself between the arch of the yellow bridge, using the pink path to draw eyes straight to you.
Psst: Loving all of Lisbon’s gorgeous colors? Pair your trip with Madeira solo travel to experience even more vibrant natural beauty at the island’s jaw-dropping botanical gardens. Visit in the spring to see the purple jacaranda trees in full bloom!
Belém is a historical district filled with the best things to see in Lisbon. The jaw-dropping monuments and beautiful riverfront promenade are important pieces of Lisbon’s history. The Lisbon photo spots in this district are some of the most historic, offering a fascinating look at Portugal’s Age of Discovery.
19. Jerónimos Monastery
Jerónimos Monastery is an architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belém. Snap a picture of its intricately detailed facade before heading to the stunning cloisters where you’ll have tons of opportunities to use the archways to frame your shots.
20. Belem Tower
Belém Tower, also known as Torre de Belém, is an iconic symbol of Lisbon’s history of maritime exploration. Grab a photo on the walkway, the beach or from the roof of this stunning example of Manueline architecture.
21. Tagus River Promenade
On your way to the Belem Tower, stop at the Tagus River Promenadeto to take advantage of the striking backdrop. Here, the Tagus River and 25 de Abril Bridge are on full display. This massive red structure is often compared to another Instagram hotspot: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
22. Monument to the Discoveries
Monument to the Discoveries, or Padrão dos Descobrimentos, is a magnificent tribute to the Age of Discoveries. Capture the impressive stone sculpture depicting Portuguese explorers rising up against the blue sky.
Principe Real’s Embaixada is a shopping mall housed in a beautiful 19th-century palace. There’s an inner courtyard where you can grab something to eat, but the real draw here is the staircase just beyond the entrance filled with gorgeous artwork. Snap a dreamy photo and get ready to go viral.
24. LX Factory
LX Factory is a vibrant creative hub located in a refurbished industrial complex in Alcântara. Lisbon’s creative community has created an eclectic space full of great visuals to photograph. You’ll want to pose against the graffiti-filled interiors as well as the ivy-covered buildings outside.
25. Ler Devagar
Ler Devagar is a famous bookstore in LX Factory with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a bicycle suspended from the ceiling. Have your photographer (or a nice stranger if you’re traveling to Lisbon solo) capture you on the top level for a charming and whimsical shot.
26. Graffiti Stairs
Of all my favorite Lisbon photo spots, this one is the most off-the-beaten-path. Head to Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, a graffiti-covered staircase in the Mouraria neighborhood to pose against the colorful backdrop that showcases some of Lisbon’s coolest street art.
17. Rooftop Bar
Head to a rooftop bar like Park Bar or the Hotel Tivoli rooftop for stunning panoramic views of the city, Enjoy a cocktail while you capture the beautiful architecture, colorful streets, and the Tagus River. Cheers!
Bonus: Sintra Instagram Spots (Lisbon Day Trip)
Even though these Instagram spots aren’t technically in Lisbon, I had to include Sintra’s stunningly photogenic castles. A true fairytale town nestled in the hills just 30 minutes from Lisbon, here you’ll find enchanting palaces with lush gardens and amazing views. Plus, the westernmost point of continental Europe!
Most Instagrammable Hotel in Sintra
Is one day in Sintra not enough for you? If you want to take your time exploring the exotic palaces and beautiful beaches in Cascais, I’ve got the perfect place for you to stay!
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is a magnificent 5-star hotel included in the UNESCO Cultural Landscape of the Sintra World Heritage Site, the building is adorned with beautiful paintings, tapestries, and frescoes that exude romantic ambiance
A truly lavish hotel, you can enjoy a picture-perfect view of Pena Palace from your room. The staff can arrange your Sintra Palace visits, and even book you a private jet! A totally normal amenity for any hotel, of course.
18. Pena Palace
Pena Palace is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its vibrant colors and eclectic style. The unique turrets, intricate tilework, and stunning panoramic views from its hilltop location provide dozens of magical opportunities.
19. Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira is a mystical estate with ornate gardens, underground tunnels, and a Gothic-inspired palace. Make sure you check out the enchanting Initiation Well and hidden grottoes.
20. Monserrate Palace
Once the summer resort for Portuguese royalty, Monserrate is a breathtaking 19th-century palace, known for its stunning blend of Gothic, Moorish, and Indian styles. Start with the intricate details of the palace’s exterior, before wandering among exotic plants of the beautifully landscaped gardens with enchanting paths that lead to hidden corners.
21. The Moorish Castle
Castelo dos Mouros is a medieval fortress perched on a hilltop overlooking Sintra. It contains ancient stone walls and an alluring blend of medieval and Islamic architectural elements. Plus, there’s a stellar panoramic views of Sintra and the surrounding countryside.
22. Cabo do Roca
Cabo do Roca is the westernmost point of continental Europe and offers dramatic cliffs and breathtaking coastal views. Don’t skip the iconic lighthouse perched amidst the rugged cliffs with sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.
Psst: Not too far from Cabo da Roca and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, you’ll find a charming white-washed surf town with epic beaches and tons of gorgeous viewpoints. Trust me, you won’t want to miss all the great things to do in Ericeira. It’s an easy day trip from Lisbon!
How to Get to Lisbon’s Best Photo Spots
Lisbon is an easy city to navigate with reliable public transportation. However, you should be aware that it’s full of hills and can get quite hot in the summer so plan accordingly!
I don’t recommend renting a car in Lisbon. The narrow alleyways are stressful for locals to navigate, much less tourists! For example, when I took an Uber from the train station to my hostel, the driver got a flat tire and held up traffic on a busy one-way street. Public transportation will get you everywhere you want to go at an affordable price.
Get more information on how to navigate Lisbon’s public transportation from this post.
Where to Stay: Most Instagrammable Places in Lisbon
If a visually captivating accommodation is your priority, then, well, same! I demand that my hostel or hotel provides yet another picturesque backdrop to capture the magic of each trip.
Lucky for you, I’ve listed my top selections after much careful research to identify hostels and hotels that can go head-to-head with any of the best Instagram spots in Lisbon. Whether you spend 4 days in Lisbon or four weeks, these spots will be your colorful, creative home away from home.
PS: Travelling solo? Check out all the best hotels in Lisbon for solo travelers!
Selina Secret Garden
Selina is a boutique hostel tucked away in the heart of Lisbon with a hidden rooftop terrace, lush greenery, and a vibrant ambiance. You’ll be dazzled by its charming outdoor seating areas, colorful murals, and perfect location in colorful Bica. Private rooms start at $175 per night and dorms start at $50.
A stylish hotel located in a beautifully restored 19th-century palace> Say less, I’m already booking. With elegant interiors, ornate details, and panoramic views from the rooftop terrace, this hotel provides endless photogenic opportunities. Private rooms start at $25 per night and dorms start at $120.
Lisbon Art Stay
Lisbon Art Stay is a boutique hotel in Baixa-Chiado that seamlessly blends art, design, and hospitality. Its photogenic properties include uniquely decorated rooms, modern art installations, and a super chic restaurant, bar, and speakeasy. This place is totally unique! Rooms start at $225 per night.
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