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Lisbon Photographic Tour

Majestically located on the Tagus estuary, the ancient city of Lisbon is bursting with photo opportunities.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  With its bright blue skies and shimmering white buildings, there's much to focus on in this bustling harbour city located on the... more »

Tips:  The best light for taking photos in Lisbon is available shortly before and after sundown, although the morning sun casts a favourable ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Tram 28

A tram ride ride is suggested before embarking on this photographic walking tour of Lisbon. Tram number 28 provides visitors with very strong images of Lisbon's streets and their inhabitants; just open the window and keep your camera poised at the ready. The jolting carriages and tight turns offer plenty of opportunity for candid shots. The... More

2. Parque Eduardo VII

We start our tour at one of the city's best photographic vantage points from the top of Edward VII Park, known locally as Parque Eduardo VII. The view is all-encompassing with the park's manicured gardens and Marquês de Pombal square in the foreground and the Tagus basin and Arrábida mountains in the distance, with the imposing Castle of São Jorge... More

3. VIP Éden Rooftop

From the top of Parque Eduardo VII, it's a long leisurely stroll down Lisbon's main boulevard, the Avenida da Liberdade, towards our next photographic point of interest at the top of the VIP Executive Suítes Éden hotel in the heart of the city centre. Located on Praça dos Restauradores, the hotel is blessed with a view from its rooftop terrace... More

4. Rua Augusta

When you leave the VIP Éden Hotel, turn right towards Rossio square and you'll pass the Manueline-style façade of Rossio station, followed by the Dona Maria II National Theatre building on your left, both worth photographing. Our destination now is Rua Augusta, Lisbon's main pedestrianized shopping area, where many photo opportunities are... More

5. Praça do Comércio

Continuing down Rua Augusta brings you to Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's impressive riverside square known affectionately by locals as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square) because it was the site of the royal palace for 400 years. Today the square's centuries-old cloisters house a series of restaurants, cafés and tourist attractions, including the... More

Off Praça do Comércio, the walk up Rua Aurea (also known as Rua do Ouro) brings you to the bottom of the Santa Justa Elevator, the world's most attractive and original elevator tower. This engineering masterpiece built by Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Gustave Eiffel, transports passengers in two solid wooden cabins between Lisbon's Baixa and... More

7. Bairro Alto/Chiado

Lisbon's most charismatic quarters, the Bairro Alto and Chiado, are full of interesting possibilities for photographers. Having survived much of the destruction of the 1755 earthquake, these neighbouring districts exude an old-world charm, particularly the Bairro Alto with its labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets. The Chiado is a more chic... More

8. São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere

Out of all the fabulous look-out points (called miradouros) that Lisbon has to offer, the most popular among city locals is the one at the top of Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, which marks the end of our tour. Nestling beside the upper terminus of the Glória funicular railway, which links the Bairro Alto district with Praça dos Restauradores, this... More