The capital and largest city of Portugal is Lisbon with a population of nearly 600,000 people and the greater Lisbon area has nearly 3 million people. One of the most outstanding features of the city is the numerous photographic opportunities that it provides the tourists with. The following is a list of the best places for “photoholics” in Lisbon that you should be aware of and include on your vacation itinerary.
Aqueduto das Águas Livres or The Águas Livres Aqueduct
One of the most historic structures of its type, the aqueduct features 35 arches. It was built for the purposes of bringing more drinking water into the city of Lisbon and was constructed in the mid 18th century.
Arco da Rua Augusta
Very classical in appearance, this is an extremely ornate stone archway situated in the heart of the city.
Casa dos Bicos or the House of the Spikes
Over the years, the structure has suffered much earthquake damage, but it remains a beautiful combination of both Renaissance and Manueline architecture.
Castelo de Sao Jorge or Castle of Sao Jorge
Overlooking the city of Lisbon and the river below, this medieval castle is situated on a commanding hilltop location. It is difficult to miss when you are touring the city.
Elevated city areas
There are a number of photographic opportunities to be realized when you see how much of the city is constructed up the numerous hillsides.
Elevador de Santa Justa or The Santa Justa Lift
Also known as the Carmo Lift, it links the lower streets of Lisbon with the elevated Carmo Square. The lift consists of two passenger booths and can accommodate up to 48 people at one time.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos or Hieronymites Monastery
Situated in the beautifully landscaped Belém district, this spectacular late-gothic period structure is now classified as one of the World Heritage Sites and is located adjacent to the Belém Tower.
The Rio Tejo or Tagus River
Meandering its way through Lisbon, the river passes through the Belém neighborhood and also the Jerónimos Monastery.
Torre de Belém or the Belém Tower
Used for numerous purposes during past centuries including both a customs house and a prison, this early 16th century Gothic structure is a waterfront fortification that sits next to the Tagus River’s entrance.
When you venture out and travel the hillsides of the city, you are provided with numerous spectacular panoramas of it. You will quickly discover that the city landscape is comprised of beautiful hillside neighborhoods, red rooftops, and straight thoroughfares. Suffice it to say, Lisbon’s allure for the international traveler lies within the dozens of opportunities that exist for the avid photographer whether you are a novice or professional.
3 accommodation options in Lisbon
- Freedom Serviced-Apartments: Cais do Sodre – deluxe apartments in Lisbon starting from € 87/£ 75.2/$ 107.3. Guest Rating: 10.0
- Residencial Vila Nova – 3-star pension in Lisbon with rooms starting from € 40/£ 34.6/$ 49.3. Guest Rating: 10.0
- Lisbon Dreams Guest House – guest-house in Lisbon with rooms starting from € 45/£ 38.9/$ 55.5. Guest Rating: 9.1
Photo of the Arco da Rua Augusta by Portuguese_eyes.