Best places for a photoshoot in Lisbon
The Jacaranda Trees
One of the best ideas for a photoshoot in Lisbon is obviously connected to a very special tree that is called Jacaranda. Usually, all professional photographers come to Lisbon just to capture the beauty of the streets with that tree.
Jacaranda or “jacarandá” (in Portuguese) is a tree the name of which is known to every resident of Lisbon.
When the flowering of Jacaranda begins, Lisbon is completely transformed. Trees begin to bloom in mid-May and continue to delight the eye throughout the first half of June (or the entire month). In warm autumn, some trees may begin to bloom again, but not as abundant as in summer.
Jacaranda was brought to Lisbon, indeed from Brazil, many years ago. These trees have perfectly got accustomed and feel great in the city, where every end of spring (beginning of June in Portugal), within a few weeks, delight the citizens and tourists with amazingly beautiful flowering. The event is so important that many tourists plan their trips to Lisbon during this period.
Miradouro – Lisbon’s Observation Deck
The second most favorite place to capture is Miradouro in Lisbon. You are able to catch the view of Lisbon from the hill. That pace speaks of Lisbon right away.
A popular legend says that Lisbon was founded as a small village surrounded by seven hills (like Rome). And this is true, only in our time, with current boundaries, there are much more hills in Lisbon than seven. In this article, I will tell about all the observation platforms of Lisbon.
Also about the most popular and the “secret” places, where a tourist gets there very rarely. That will definitely guarantee you the best picture ever even if you are not a supermodel! But if you wanted to know how to pose like one, here I will tell you how to!
Not even all the locals know about some of these sites in Lisbon – I have collected information based on my personal experience.
Gloria funicular – Observation deck of San Pedro de Alcantara
Perhaps the most popular observation deck in Lisbon, which is located at the top stop of the Gloria funicular. It also has a second name in honor of the Portuguese poet António Nobre.
From here you can enjoy an amazing panorama overlooking the Castle of St. George (Castelo de São Jorge), the Tejo River and the rooftops of the center of Lisbon. There are two small coffee shops in the park, where you can order coffee and dessert and sit overlooking the city or just follow the locals and tourists.
Try to come here at noon or around 5-6 pm during the summer season, This is the golden hour for all photographer. This is the best time for everyone who wants to look extra beautiful on pictures!
Address: Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre, Lisboa
You can get to this observation deck on the Gloria funicular (upper stop). The nearest metro station is Restauradores.
Basilica da Estrela – Observation Deck
Basilica da Estrela, one of the most beautiful temples in Lisbon, also has a platform on top, with a beautiful view of the city.
The basilica can be reached by the famous 28 tram. The opposite is a cozy green park Jardim da Estrela. Both will serve you as a beautiful place for a photoshoot in Lisbon. The park is all green and flowery surrounded by palm trees and turtles. Take advantage of it as I did!
The cost of a ticket to the observation deck – 5 €.
Address: Basílica da Estrela, Praça da Estrela, Lisboa
Sheraton Lisboa – Observation Deck
I share with you another “secret” viewing platform. The Sheraton Hotel has a Panorama Bar on the top floor. It is not necessary to be a guest of the hotel to visit this bar with a stunning view of Lisbon. From here you can see almost everything!
Try to come there early in the morning around 8-9 am. You will catch the best view and the sun from their rooftop!
Open every day from 3:00 pm to 2 nights. The nearest metro station is Picoas.
Address: Rua Latino Coelho 1, Lisboa
Cristo Rei (Statue of Christ in Lisbon)
The famous statue of Christ in Almada also has a viewing platform, offering breathtaking views of the whole of Lisbon. Bring along a camera with a long lens and an even larger memory card – there will be a lot of photos! Weather permitting, you can even see the Pena Palace and the Castle of the Moors in Sintra.
Works on weekdays from 9 am to 6:30 pm
Address: Alto do Pragal, Santuário Nacional de Cristo Rei, Avenida Cristo Rei, Almada
Cristo Rei in Lisbon, sourced from Wikimedia Commons
Miradouro Alto da Serafina in Lisbon (Park Monsanto)
If you visited this viewing platform, then you are a very unusual tourist :)
It is located away from urban buildings – in the huge forest park Monsanto in Lisbon.
From here there is a view of the non-historical part of the city, on the Bridge of April 25 and the ancient Aqueduct Aguas Livres, which, by the way, survived the devastating earthquake of 1755.
You can get to the forest park by bus 770; the nearest metro is Jardim Zoológico.
Address: Estrada Barcal Parque Recreativo da Serafina, Lisboa
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (park and museum)
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was founded in 1956 by the Armenian oil magnate and philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian.
The complex includes an amphitheater, a library, a platform for exhibitions and two museums, as well as a large park, under the shade of the trees of which it is so nice to walk in hot weather. Here is a large collection of sculptures, paintings, decorations. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, various temporary exhibitions are constantly held.
This is a perfect and calm place for a photo shoot at any time of the day! Since the sun doesn’t bother during the walk, you can easily find a place surrounded by green trees and bamboos. All the pictures will be very authentic!
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Park is the most iconic part of the 1960s Art Nouveau era in Portugal, a good example of landscape architecture.
This is a very interesting and cozy park in the center of Lisbon. The park has an amphitheater where performances and jazz concerts are held. Scenic paths in the midst of greenery, ponds with ducks and fish, well-groomed lawns are a true oasis in the middle of the city.
The park has a cafe with reasonable prices and excellent coffee. Two museums: the main, with the original collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, and Modern Art. There is also a concert hall and several rooms for conferences and temporary exhibitions.
Working hours: Tue-Sun from 10:00 to 17:45; Closed – Tuesdays, December 24 and 25, January 1 and May 1.
The cost of entry to the museum – from 5 €.
The entrance to the park is free.
Free admission – on Sundays after 14:00; children under 12 and teenagers under 18 accompanied by their parents; 20% discount on the Lisboa Card.
Botanical Garden in Lisbon
One of the best places in Lisbon where you could ever throw a photoshoot! Just imagine being surrounded by palm trees and peacocks! All different tropical flowers and exotic birds! This is like Brazil and California became one place!
The Tropical Botanical Garden in Lisbon was opened in 1878. It was created for the practical study of botany and belongs to the University of Lisbon. In 2010, was classified as a National Monument.
The Botanical Garden was closed for renovation and improvement work in 2016 and re-opened its doors to visitors in April 2018. Many changes have been made to make the Botanical Garden in Lisbon more interesting and comfortable to visit.
Frankly speaking, before this reconstruction the botanical garden looked very sad. Work to improve it cost 500 thousand euros, so do not miss the opportunity to visit this green oasis with more than 1,500 plant species in the center of Lisbon.
The garden is part of the Museum of the History of Nature and Science (Museu de História Natural e da Ciência)
Getting there: best on foot. The nearest metro station is Rato or Avenida. Buses 202, 758, 773.
Address: Lisboa, Rua da Escola Politécnica 54
Have a great time in Lisbon and hope you to get a great photoshoot there! Just if you are looking for a photographer, you can easily drop me a line at Filosobeauty. Do not waste your time wandering around, let’s catch up!