Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Pink Street
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33 most famous Lisbon Instagram spots (+map!)

Where to find the most iconic Lisbon Instagram spots? Here is the most complete list of the best photo spots and the most Instagrammable places in the city! Lisbon is one of my favorite cities because it is full of beautiful and iconic landmarks.

We spent more than two weeks living in Lisbon and exploring everything this iconic city had to offer. In this blog post, you will find the best Instagram spots in Lisbon with photos, descriptions, and locations on the map. Happy exploring!

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1. Arco da Rua Augusta – one of my all-time favorite iconic Lisbon Instagram spots!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Arco da Rua Augusta

Arco da Rua Augusta arch is probably one of the most recognizable landmarks and one of the most iconic Lisbon Instagram spots! Just like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Colosseum in Rome, this arch is one of the symbols of Lisbon!

Arco da Rua Augusta is a triumphal arch that was built to commemorate the reconstruction of Lisbon after the devastating 1755 earthquake (it also caused a tsunami and a firestorm) that destroyed about 85% of all the buildings in Lisbon.

Construction of the arch started in the 18th century and was completed more than 100 years later. It is more than 30 meters/100 ft high and you can actually visit the inside of the arch and climb up to the roof! Entrance tickets cost 3.50 EUR per person.

Arco da Rua Augusta is located in the very center of the city and is impossible to miss when visiting Lisbon. It is beautiful from both sides but I especially loved the back side where you can see the majestic statue of King José I of Portugal through the arch.

Location: Arco da Rua Augusta

2. Praça do Comércio

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Praça do Comércio
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Praça do Comércio

Another must-see place right next to the arch is Praça do Comércio or the Commerce Plaza – a massive public square in front of the Arco da Rua Augusta arch lined with restaurants and shops and features the statue of King José I of Portugal in the middle.

You can’t miss this spot when visiting Lisbon. It gets very lively in the evening and hosts many different events that take place in Lisbon. My favorite photo spot here were the archways that go around the perimeter of the square!

Location: Praça do Comércio

3. Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon- Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia

If you are looking for the best viewpoints in Lisbon, then this is it – Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Thanks to the beautiful pergola covered with vines and flower bushes as well as tile-covered walls this viewpoint has become one of the best photo spots in Lisbon.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia

If you are an early riser I highly recommend coming here in the morning. The glowing sun rays from the sunrise make the whole place even more scenic and magical. It will be quite busy during the day, so there’s another reason for an early morning visit!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon- Miradouro de Santa Luzia

The viewpoint offers picturesque views over Lisbon’s red terracotta roofs and the scenic Tagus River. This is definitely one of the most iconic and famous photo spots in Lisbon and it offers numerous photo opportunities.

Location: Miradouro de Santa Luzia

4. Lisbon Pink Street

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Pink Street

There are very few Instagram spots in Lisbon that are more iconic and famous than Pink Street. It is a short street in the heart of Lisbon that is colored pink and hosts numerous bars and restaurants. Part of the street is covered with rainbow umbrellas.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Pink Street

Pink Street is a proper party street by night, so go there in the morning if you want a photo here! We arrived at Pink Street shortly after 7 AM and the street was full of sticky drinks and plastic cups, but it was soon cleaned and washed by the bar owners.

The best time to go there is around 8 AM when the street is clean from the trash and before it gathers the usual crowds. There is nothing else special about this street other than the beautiful colors – the blue building, the yellow arch, and the pink street.

Location: Lisbon Pink Street

5. Belém Tower

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Belém Tower

The Belém Tower is one of the most famous Lisbon Instagram spots and landmarks in the city. It is also one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – a special list of cultural monuments voted by people as the most important monuments in Portugal.

The Belém Tower is a 16th-century fortification that served as the launching point for the many sea voyages of the Portuguese explorers so it is often considered as the symbol of Europe’s Age of Discoveries.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Belém Tower

The tower is one of the most prominent examples of the Manueline architectural style in Portugal – also called the Portuguese late Gothic that incorporated marine symbols and elements as well as representations of the discoveries during sea voyages.

If you are looking for a crowd-free photo, I recommend coming here early in the morning – we arrived at 8 AM to get that morning sunrise glow. However, if you wish to visit the tower, then you will have to wait until 10 AM when it opens for visitors.

Location: Belém Tower

6. Elevador de Santa Justa

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa
Best viewpoints and rooftops to see Lisbon from above - Elevador de Santa Justa

Elevador de Santa Justa is probably one of the most iconic places in Lisbon and one of the most iconic Instagrammable places in Lisbon as well. It is an iron elevator built in 1902 to connect different levels of the city. It does look pretty unique!

The iron elevator is 45 meters high and was built in a Neo-Gothic architectural style. Moving around the city has always caused problems because of the hills. So different solutions to that problem have been introduced over time – this lift being one of them.

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa

Taking the famous elevator and driving up to the observation deck is among the top things to do in Lisbon. You can normally see a big line waiting for their turn to go up with the iconic lift. However, you can also visit the top of the elevator for free.

Taking an iconic iron elevator that is more than 100 years old is definitely a cool experience and I have done it myself. However, waiting in the long line was the worst part. If you happen to be there on a hot day then maybe you wouldn’t want to do that.

Best viewpoints and rooftops to see Lisbon from above - Elevador de Santa Justa
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa

You can actually climb up to the higher level on foot – you can navigate to the Carmo Convent building which is behind the elevator and from there, you can walk to the upper floor of the elevator for free. It is located next to a bar and is open to everyone.

Those who buy tickets and drive up with the elevator are allowed to climb up a few meters higher and see a rooftop view but it doesn’t differ too much from the one you get for free, so it is up to you to decide. Elevator tickets cost about 5 EUR per person.

Location: Elevador de Santa Justa

7. Elevador da Bica

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Elevador da Bica

Another iconic example of how locals tried to make a solution for the hills in Lisbon is Elevador da Bica. It is a funicular that connects two streets transporting people along a railway with a sharp incline. Alternatively, you can climb the stairs next to the railway.

The super attractive yellow elevator has become one of the most Instagrammable places in Lisbon! Bica elevator is a better photo spot than the yellow Tram 28. Do you know why?

Bica elevator operates along a short route and stops for a longer while at the top where you can very easily take a photo. Tram 28 has a long route and is constantly moving so it is harder to take a photo.

The elevator began functioning in the 19th century and has been redesigned over time. Now it features the famous yellow color and looks similar to Lisbon’s famous yellow tram – Tram 28 – which makes it a popular tourist attraction.

For the best photo, I recommend walking to the top of the route and waiting for the funicular there. There are two funiculars going up and down the railway. When we visited one of them was beautiful yellow, but the other one was painted with graffiti.

Location: Elevador da BicaPhoto location

8. Lisbon Cathedral

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral

Another must-do photo in Lisbon is with the famous yellow Tram 28. Although the tram goes through Lisbon along a very long route, there are specific Instagram spots where you can get that iconic Lisbon photo. One of them is at the Lisbon Cathedral.

The tram goes right by the front facade of the cathedral creating this iconic photo opportunity (photo above). This is one of the most iconic and best photo spots in Lisbon for sure, however, such a photo is only possible in the morning.

In order to get such a photo, you must arrive before 8 AM! After that, the traffic gets very busy, tourists arrive to visit the cathedral and tuk-tuks line along the side of the street exactly where I am in the photo. It gets crazy! But it is iconic nevertheless.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral itself is an iconic building and the oldest church in Lisbon. The church was built in 1147 and so far has survived multiple earthquakes and has been rebuilt and redesigned multiple times over the centuries.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral

This means that the Lisbon Cathedral features many different architectural styles – starting from Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical, and Rococo styles. My favorite place in the cathedral was the front facade balcony where you can walk on – I felt like the Pope!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral

There are two floors to explore if you buy the entrance tickets. The ground floor features the main hall with multiple chambers where you can walk around and see everything. The upper floor features rooms with artifacts and balconies to see Lisbon from above.

Location: Lisbon Cathedral

9. Jerónimos Monastery

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery

Jerónimos Monastery is easily one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon and also among the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also a prominent example of the Portuguese late Gothic architectural style – Manueline. It is stunning!

The famous monastery is also one of the most Instagrammable places in Lisbon. The grand architecture, its significance, and the unique layout put this place amongst the best photo spots in Lisbon.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery

Jerónimos Monastery is a place you should definitely include in your Lisbon itinerary no matter what! The key here is to arrive when the monastery opens, buy your tickets online prior to coming for the earliest time, and go straight to the famous courtyard.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery

Even if you see a long line at the entrance, don’t be discouraged – it moves fast and the courtyard is massive – there is a place for everyone. The monastery is a 16th-century masterpiece listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely worth visiting!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery

Interestingly, Jerónimos Monastery is the former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome whose monks were the ones who created the recipe for the world-famous Portuguese egg tart – pastel de nata – right in this monastery.

The monastery is connected to a church (the entrance to the church is next to the monastery, and has its own opening hours) which is the final resting place for the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama and two kings – Manuel I and John III.

Location: Jerónimos MonasteryEntrance to the monasteryEntrance tickets

10. Castelo de São Jorge

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Castelo de São Jorge

When in Lisbon it is impossible to miss the majestic São Jorge Castle sitting atop a hill in the heart of Lisbon. It is one of my favorite places to see the city from above and one of my favorite photo spots in Lisbon – especially this window in one of the towers.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon to see the city from above - Castelo de São Jorge
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Castelo de São Jorge

The fortifications of a castle that we see today date back a thousand years when they were built by the Moorish forces that had occupied the territory of Lisbon. However, there is evidence that humans lived on the castle hill as far back as the 8th century BC.

São Jorge Castle is one of the bucket list places to visit in Lisbon. During the Middle Ages, this site had a royal palace that was the residence of the kings of Portugal. As of today not much is left of the castle except the impressive defensive towers and walls.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon to see the city from above - Castelo de São Jorge
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon to see the city from above - Castelo de São Jorge

Visit to the castle cost us 11 EUR per person which is a bit pricey to see the walls of a castle from the Middle Ages, but if you time it around sunset then you can get some magical golden views over the whole city. Plus there are smaller crowds in the evening!

Location: Castelo de São Jorge

11. Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Miradouro das Portas do Sol is another famous viewpoint located in the heart of the city – right next to the popular Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint. There is a wide platform with picturesque views over the city and the Tagus River.

This viewpoint offers panoramic views over Lisbon especially the Alfama district where you can see the distinct towers of the National Pantheon and the São Vicente de Fora Church, making this one of the best photo spots in Lisbon! Such a beautiful place!

Location: Miradouro das Portas do Sol

12. Tunnel of the History of Lisbon

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - tunnel of Lisbon history

There is also a hidden secret to the Miradouro das Portas do Sol viewpoint – right under the observation deck you can find a special spot – a secret tunnel dedicated to the most important historic events that have happened in Lisbon.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - tunnel of Lisbon history
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - tunnel of Lisbon history

The tunnel has numerous comic-style illustrations created by the artist Nuno Saraiva that depict the story of Lisbon. It is amongst the coolest Lisbon Instagram spots! You can see the towers of the iconic São Vicente de Fora church right through the tunnel!

Location: Tunnel of the History of Lisbon

13. Carmo Convent

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent

There is one event in Lisbon’s history that shaped Lisbon as we see it today and that is the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The earthquake and the following tsunami as well as the firestorm destroyed about 85% of all buildings in Lisbon and changed the city forever.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent

Only a couple of places in Lisbon remind us of the past horrific events and Carmo Convent is one of them. It is a 14th-century convent that suffered damage in the earthquake – the roof collapsed and part of the building complex was destroyed.

Today you can visit the ruins and see what is left of the Gothic church – it is completely roofless with high arches crossing the sky. The visit also includes a museum behind the church with artifacts and two mummies.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent

Although this place is absolutely unique and beautiful, and it makes for some of the most iconic Instagram spots in Lisbon, you shouldn’t forget what really happened here and what people had to go through centuries ago.

Location: Carmo Convent

14. National Pantheon

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon- National Pantheon
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon

One of the best viewpoints in Lisbon you will find on the roof of the National Pantheon – a beautiful 17th-century monument that is among the most popular places to visit in Lisbon. The National Pantheon was initially built as a church but was later redesigned.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon

Today the National Pantheon hosts multiple burial sites of some of the most important Portuguese personalities like presidents, generals, and also artists. You can visit the Pantheon for an entrance fee of 8 EUR (a visit to the roof is included in the price).

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - National Pantheon

The most impressive part of the Pantheon is the dome. It was only finished in the 20th century. If you climb up to the roof of the Pantheon, you can walk around the circular shape of the dome from the inside – there is a pathway with railings (see photos).

From the rooftop of the Pantheon, you can get 360-degree views over Lisbon, the Tagus River, and the port. This was definitely one of my favorite viewpoints and photo spots in Lisbon! Pantheon itself is located on a hill so the views were great!

Location: National Pantheon

15. Church and Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora

If you travel to Lisbon then visiting Igreja de São Vicente de Fora church and the monastery right next to it is a must! It is an absolutely massive complex that consists of a large church, a monastery that features the royal pantheon, and a courtyard.

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora

It was built in the 17th century in the Mannerist style and features some of the most impressive tile artworks in Lisbon. One of the best things about it is that you can climb up to the roof of it and see Lisbon and the nearby National Pantheon from above.

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora

The inside of the monastery features a famous sacristy covered by different types of marble. There are courtyards lined with arches and walls decorated with illustrations on painted tiles. The church hall ceiling is covered by beautiful barrel vaulting.

Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora

The whole building is a piece of art and is one of the most important monasteries in the country as it hosts the royal pantheon of tombs from the Portuguese monarchs from the Braganza dynasty. I would definitely include this in my Lisbon bucket list!

The building is full of some of the best Lisbon Instagram spots – the archways in the courtyard, the tile illustrations, the rooftop views, and many other spots. Definitely take your time to explore it all – you will need more than 1 hour to see everything!

Location: Igreja de São Vicente de ForaEntrance

16. National Tile Museum

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum

If there is a museum that you must include in your Portugal bucket list then the National Tile Museum would be the one for sure. There are only a couple of things that characterize the Portuguese nation the best and tiles or ‘azulejos‘ are one of them!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum

The National Tile Museum holds a large collection of painted tiles from centuries ago that you can see with your own eyes. The museum is located inside a 16th-century convent which makes the experience even more special.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum

You also get to visit a small church with stunning gilded altarpieces and artworks. My favorite tile work was the panoramic illustration of Lisbon. it shows how Lisbon was before the 1755 earthquake. The tilework is located on the upper floor of the museum.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - National Tile Museum

You can’t leave Lisbon without a photo of some beautiful painted tiles! So definitely find a great spot with one of the artworks! I also loved the inner courtyards lined with arches that create the perfect place for unique photos.

Location: National Tile Museum

17. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is among the best viewpoints in Lisbon for sure. If you are looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset in Lisbon, this is probably the most popular viewpoint of all. The views are fantastic and perfect for a photo!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

This viewpoint is located in a churchyard on the highest point on one of the hills in Lisbon. It will definitely be a decent hike up to the viewpoint however you can always rent a tuk-tuk to get around Lisbon without constantly battling the hills, haha!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

We visited this viewpoint in the morning and during the day. It offers sweeping views over the whole city and is probably one of the best viewpoints you will find in Lisbon. It will definitely be full of buzz during the day and evening, but the views are worth it!

Location: Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

18. Basílica of Estrela

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Basílica of Estrela

The Estrela Basilica was one of my favorite and most beautiful places in Lisbon! This 18th-century church was ordered by Queen Maria I of Portugal and today holds Queen Maria’s tomb inside the premises of the building. You can visit the church for free.

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Basílica of Estrela
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Basílica of Estrela

However, the most special thing about the church is that you can climb up to the roof to see the impressive dome and two bell towers up close. I always love climbing up to the rooftops wherever I can and this basilica offers the most amazing views!

There is a small door to enter the dome and see it from within. It is quite spectacular and incredible! It is hard to imagine what it was like for them to build such a grand and complex building centuries ago. A visit to the roof costs 4 EUR per person.

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon- Basílica of Estrela
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Basílica of Estrela

Basílica of Estrela is definitely one of the most beautiful places and one of the most iconic Lisbon Instagram spots! Because it is a bit further away from the center of the city it gets fewer visitors than other Lisbon landmarks. I highly recommend visiting it if you can!

Location: Basílica of Estrela

19. Miradouro da Graça

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro da Graça

One of the best viewpoints in Lisbon is Miradouro da Graça. It is a beautiful scenic terrace on one of the hills of Lisbon offering stunning panoramic views over the whole city. I especially loved the view of the São Jorge Castle on a nearby hill!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro da Graça

Basically, the whole hill is like a viewpoint but there are many parts that you can visit – there is a beautiful large park with benches and trees that offer shade during the day. But there is also a large terrace with a restaurant next to the church.

The photos were taken from a square right next to the Igreja Paroquial da Graça church. It must be one of the most popular places to watch the sunset in Lisbon as it offers sweeping views in the direction of the sunset. I really loved this spot!

Location: Miradouro da Graça

20. Convento da Graça

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça

The incredible Convento da Graça was one of my favorite hidden gems in Lisbon and it is full of amazing Instagram spots as well! Convento da Graça is one of the oldest convents in Lisbon located on the highest hill in the city.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça

The convent was founded in the 13th century and survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Today you can visit the ground floor of the complex for free – it features a large courtyard and some of the most amazing tile illustrations you will see in Lisbon!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça

However, there is an extra hidden gem to the convent – you can actually climb on the roof of Convento da Graça! Tickets to the rooftop terrace cost 5 EUR and there is even a drink included in the price. You can opt for a glass of wine or a glass of juice.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça

The rooftop of the convent gives you panoramic views over the whole of Lisbon. The best views are right next to the bell tower – don’t forget to walk behind it to get the best views! This was one of my favorite viewpoints and hidden gems in Lisbon!

My favorite Instagram spots here were the bench with tiles on the back wall that is located at the entrance to the church, then the hall inside the convent with walls covered by tile illustrations, and, of course, the courtyard and the roof.

Location: Convento da Graça

21. Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory

Ler Devagar book store in LX Factory is amongst the most unique places in Lisbon! It is a one-of-a-kind two-story book store with walls lined with bookshelves. It even has a coffee shop on the second level of the bookstore.

You can find one of the most unique and iconic Instagram spots right in this bookstore. If you climb up to the upper level and then walk around the perimeter you can get this cool view of the book-filled shelves and the cyclist on the bike attached to the stairs.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory

Ler Devagar bookstore is located inside the LX Factory complex. It was once an industrial textile complex but now it is turned into a creative hub hosting unique restaurants, artsy shops, and trendy cafés. It looks pretty cool!

Location: Ler Devagar

22. MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

MAAT is short for the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Although I can’t say a single word about the museum itself because I did not visit the inside, I can say that the MAAT building is one of the most futuristic, alien-like buildings in Lisbon!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

MAAT building is located on the riverside in the district of Belém. You can not only admire the building from the outside or explore the events and exhibitions on the inside, but you can also climb up to the rooftop viewpoint (for free).

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

MAAT building offers some of the most unique and creative angles for photos. I loved the winding shapes of the building and the shadow lines it creates. It is especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset and is a popular place for people to gather.

Location: MAAT

23. Ponte 25 de Abril

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ponte 25 de Abril

Lisbon only has two bridges and both of them are pretty impressive and iconic. One of the bridges is Ponte 25 de Abril or the April 25th bridge named after the date of the 1974 Carnation Revolution – a military coup that resulted in Portugal’s redemocratization.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ponte 25 de Abril

Ponte 25 de Abril is an iconic place in Lisbon so this is probably one of the most iconic Instagram spots in Lisbon you can find! If you happen to stroll around the promenade in the Belém district then stop by for a photo!

Location: Ponte 25 de AbrilPhoto location

24. Monument of the Discoveries and Compass Rose

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Monument of the Discoveries and Compass Rose

Only a short walk away from the famous Belém Tower you will find a very unique place – a massive monument. It is named the Monument of the Discoveries and was constructed in the middle of the 20th century.

The monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. The monument is a massive 52 meters high with 33 statues of historic figures of the Age of Discovery including monarchs, explorers, scientists, and more.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Monument of the Discoveries and Compass Rose

Right next to the massive monument, you will find a compass rose – it covers the square next to the monument and was gifted by the South African government. These two amazing spots are perfect for a photo!

Location: Monument of the DiscoveriesCompass Rose

25. Street Art by Bordalo II

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street Art by Bordalo II - Raccoon

Bordalo II is a famous Portuguese street artist and activist. He is famous for creating usually large-sized street art murals (very often they are animals) out of recycled trash. His works are mounted on the walls in cities around the world.

His work is a method of criticizing the over-consumption in the world. You can see his works in maaany places in Lisbon and Portugal – just search for ‘Bordalo II’ on Google Maps and you will find the locations for all of his works!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street Art by Bordalo II - Bumblebee
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street Art by Bordalo II - Monkey

My favorite was the big raccoon in Belém that you can visit at the same time when you go to the Jerónimos Monastery. And also the bumblebee inside the LX Factory that you can visit if you go to the famous Ler Devagar bookstore (I mentioned it previously!).

Location: Big RaccoonMonkeyBumblebee

26. Vasco da Gama bridge from Tejo Park

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Vasco da Gama bridge from Tejo Park

Vasco da Gama bridge is the second of two iconic bridges that cross the Tagus river in Lisbon. If you happen to be around the Vasco da Gama bridge, then definitely check out the riverside area – there is a beautiful park and a wooden walkway in the river.

The park is a great place to go for some exercise as well as a picnic by the river. We happened to be there for the sunset. Although the sun sets from behind, the sky still turned beautifully pink. It is a cool spot for an iconic photo of the iconic bridge!

The bridge itself is quite famous – with its 12.4 kilometers it is the longest bridge in Europe. It was finished in 1998 – 500 years after the Portuguese explorer discovered a sea route from Europe to India.

Location: Vasco da Gama BridgeTejo Park

27. Panorâmico de Monsanto

est viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Panoramico de Monsanto

Panorâmico de Monsanto is one of my favorite hidden gems in Lisbon and the coolest Instagram spots as well. This secret viewpoint is actually an abandoned multi-story building that was once a high-end restaurant with scenic views over Lisbon.

The restaurant was opened in 1967 as a restaurant-café and later served for many purposes until it was eventually abandoned. Recently the municipality decided to clean it and make it more presentable as people were still going there for panoramic views.

est viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Panoramico de Monsanto
est viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Panoramico de Monsanto

The building is now full of street art murals and art installations, however, the main attraction here is the view. I like to call it the balcony of Lisbon as it really felt like it when we visited the viewpoint.

It is easily accessible by car (or taxi) as there is a big parking lot right next to it, however, I have heard that many people simply hike there on foot as the road there is very peaceful through the woods.

est viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Panoramico de Monsanto
est viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Panoramico de Monsanto

The territory has opening hours so check that before going! There is a fence and gate that will be closed outside working hours. When we went I also saw a security guard walking around. Entrance to the building and the territory is free.

Tip! Before going there, open Google Maps and check the reviews! Sort them to the newest reviews first and read through them! There might be times when it is simply closed and you don’t want to waste your time by going all the way there for nothing!

Location: Panorâmico de Monsanto

28. The Palace of Fronteira

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira

Located next to the same Monsanto forest park where the Panorâmico de Monsanto viewpoint is, lays a beautiful palace – the Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira. It is a stunning 17th-century palace with an expansive garden.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira

The palace is still the private residence of the Marquesses of Fronteira however you can buy tickets for guided tours to the inside of the palace or buy tickets to walk around the gardens. We only visited the gardens and it was very much worth it!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira

The gardens feature a pond with swans, fountains, numerous sculptures, and benches to sit on. The whole area is full of decorative bushes and blooming plants. But the central piece of the garden is the wall next to the pond.

The big wall has stairs on both sides where you can climb up to the upper part of the wall. It is lined with statues of the Kings of Portugal. The whole wall is blue and decorated with glazed tiles.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - The Palace of Fronteira

Hidden in the corner of the garden you will find a special chapel. It is covered with stones, shells, and broken porcelain and glass. It was my favorite place in the gardens. The area is full of picture-perfect corners where you can get some unique photos!

Location: The Palace of Fronteira

29. Rossio railway station

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Rossio railway station

Rossio railway station is one of the busiest and central train stations in Lisbon located right next to the famous Rossio square. The station was built in the 19th century in the Neo-Manueline architectural style.

The architecture is what really makes it special. Especially the beautiful facade of the trail station. The entrance goes through two intertwined horseshoe-shaped portals decorated with ornate details with a small statue of King Sebastian of Portugal in between.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Rossio railway station
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Rossio railway station

The small more-than-a-hundred-year-old statue was actually accidentally destroyed in 2016 (somebody tried to climb up to take a selfie and broke it), so this must be a replica. If you happen to be there, definitely stop by to take a look or even get a photo!

Location: Rossio railway station

30. Arco do Bandeira and the Praça do Rossio

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Arco do Bandeira and the Praça do Rossio

If you check out the Rossio railway station then you might as well take a look at the Rossio square next to it. It is Lisbon’s central square filled with two Baroque fountains and a statue of Dom Pedro I – founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Arco do Bandeira and the Praça do Rossio
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Arco do Bandeira and the Praça do Rossio

At one end of the square, you will find the Portuguese National Theater built in the 19th century in a Neoclassical architectural style featuring six Ionic columns borrowed from the Saint Francis Convent of Lisbon.

But on the South end, you will find a unique spot and an example of the Pombaline architecture of the late 18th century – Arco do Bandeira. It is a yellow gateway – a portal where you can see the whole square through it! A cute photo spot if you are nearby!

Location: Arco do BandeiraPraça do Rossio

31. Casa São Miguel café

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Casa São Miguel café

Casa São Miguel café is probably the most cutest, charming, and picturesque cafés in Lisbon! Especially the outside of the café with the cute decorations, tiles, and little chairs next to the tables.

The café offers very nice pastry options as well as tea, coffee, and other drinks. We came here specifically for the pastel de nata and it did not disappoint – I loved it. And I know how to tell between a good pastel de nata and not so good. This was spot on!

The charming café has become a star on social media so I have to include it among the most iconic Instagram spots in Lisbon. If you find yourself in the Alfama district, then definitely stop by for some breakfast or simply a pastry with coffee. It is worth it!

Location: Casa São Miguel

32. Street art and flower tunnel in Graça

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street art and flower tunnel in Graça
Mural by the artist OzeArv
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street art and flower tunnel in Graça
Mural by Shepard Fairy

Graça neighborhood in Lisbon (it is now called São Vicente) is famous for its street art and different paintings on the walls. If you happen to visit the Convento da Graça or climb up to the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte viewpoint then stop by some street art!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street art and flower tunnel in Graça
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street art and flower tunnel in Graça

The murals are pretty massive and very impressive. Some of the most iconic ones include a mural by Shepard Fairy, and by the artist OzeArv. In the same neighborhood, you will wind a beautifully painted tunnel – the perfect spot for a photo!

Location: Street with muralsPainted tunnel

33. Flowerwall at the Museum of Saint Anthony

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Flowerwall at the Museum of Saint Anthony

First of all, I have to warn you – it seems that the cute wall covered with flowers next to the Museum of Saint Anthony is not a year-round thing. The flowers seem to only be a thing during the sunny season. But it makes for the perfect photo spot in Lisbon!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Flowerwall at the Museum of Saint Anthony

It seems that the wall changes over the seasons and it turns into the wall of ceramic dishes during winter. In any case, this spot is located right next to some of the most iconic places in Lisbon, like the Lisbon Cathedral, so walk by and check it out!

Location: Flowerwall

Happy exploring!

Lisbon is a city like no other – rich in history, picturesque from the many viewpoints, beautiful with art and colorful tiles as well as tasty if you try those iconic pastel de nata pastries. I have been to Lisbon many times and I already can’t wait to go back.

I hope you enjoy your time in Lisbon as much as we did! And I hope you will get some travel inspiration from this blog post to make your trip to Lisbon – one of the oldest cities in the world – even more adventurous, fun, and exciting!

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Best Instagram spots in Lisbon, Portugal
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon, Portugal

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