We were just looking for some affordable sun, but ended up with an impressive amount of camera clicks.

Have you ever dreamt of going to a place that will give you unforgettable pictures? In an effort to escape the winter, we accidentally stumbled upon Lisbon. We were just looking for some affordable sun, but ended up with somewhat bronzer skin and an impressive amount of clicks on the camera. With this little guide, I hope you too can make the best out of Lisbon on your weekend getaway.

Catching sunrise over Alfama


Miraduoro de Santa Luzia
Take an early morning walk to Alfama. It’s the oldest part of town and it offers some picturesque old houses, churches and castles to shoot accompanied by the morning sun. Lisbon lies far west on the European continent, so the morning rise shouldn’t be too much of a sacrifice as you probably are 1 hour ahead already if you fly in from another European city.

Tram-catching along Route 28 and Elevator Da Bica

Elevator da Bica, north stop (Google Maps: Biblioteca Camoes)
The trams are a must in Lisbon. Route 28 is a tram line that goes through the most architecturally interesting parts of town, with very old tram cars like this one. Chances are you are going to get both good tram and street shots. The more narrow the street is, the better. Elevador da Bica is an uphill tram / cable car that is another great subject to catch.

Catching colorful streets and graffiti in Bairro Alto


Bairro Alto (Rua Da Rosa and neighboring alleys)
I’m not a fan of graffiti, but it seems like the locals don’t clean their facades. The graffiti is just there, and it is everywhere. Mostly it’s just pure vandalism, but once in a while there are more original works. If not, looking up is a wonderful idea. The houses have beautiful tile facades and the streets are decorated with cute colorful wraps that are hanging between the buildings for Christmas all the way from mid November to January.

Lovely Christmas decorations by the colorful houses of Bairro Alto in lovely correspondance with my Classic Black Daniel Wellington watch, which I find to be the perfect Christmas present for this year. Want 15% off? Use the code BJORN15 upon checkout on danielwellington.com

Catching the Golden Gate Bridge and the Jesus statue at sunset

Ponte 25 de Abril
Yes, you read that right. Lisbon has both the Golden Gate bridge and the famous big Jesus from Rio de Janeiro. So if your budget doesn’t allow you to see both Brasil and California in one trip, you can just go to Lisbon. The two are conveniently located next to each other, so you can get both attractions in one click. The bridge is also a short drive from another much recommended venue – Belém Tower.

City panorama from Elevador de Santa Justa

Elevador de Santa Justa
There are many Miraduro’s – viewpoints, but my favorite is Elevador de Santa Justa. It’s in the middle of the center and you will get 360 degree views, plus very symmetrical shots of the cityscape.