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Lisbon, Portugal – Our 10 Favourite Photos

By alison - June 1, 2012 (Updated: March 9, 2015)

This entry is part 6 of 24 in the series Portugal & Andalusia 2012.
The Iconic Trams of Lisbon, Portugal

The Iconic Trams of Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is heaven for photographers, with photo inspiration in every hand-painted tile and misty alleyway. From the dramatic architecture of the Belem to the bustling crowds in the Chiado, our entire group had their cameras clicking furiously.

In actual fact we should have titled this post Lisbon, Portugal – Our 10 Favourite Photos You haven’t Already Seen on CheeseWeb. (Check out the rest of our photo-heavy posts about Lisbon, if you haven’t already.) These are the photos we loved, that didn’t fit with any of the posts we wrote about this magical city. We hope you enjoy them.

The Castle of São Jorge as seen from the Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal

The Castle of São Jorge as seen from the Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal

The bustling streets of the Baixa, or lower town, are a wonderful place to explore, shop or people watch at a sidewalk cafe. On certain streets, such as the one above, you have a great view of the Castle of São Jorge on the hilltop above.

Rossio Train Station, Lisbon, Portugal

The dramatic Rossio Train Station

The Baixa is home to some dramatic architecture. The Rossio train station, once known as the central station, connected Lisbon with beautiful Sintra (which we’ll be writing about soon). The Romantic facade was designed in the late 1800s and the cast iron interior structure was made by a Belgian firm.

Lisbon Orient Station

Lisbon’s modern Orient Station

In dramatic contrast to Rossio Station is the modern transportation hub known as Orient Station. It was finished just in time for the Expo ’98 World’s Fair and with  75 million passengers per year it is one of the world’s largest.

The Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon, Portugal

The Santa Justa Lift connects the Baixa and Carmo Square

The multitude of hills in Lisbon have resulted in some interesting ways to get around. This beautiful elevator is the Santa Justa Lift, or Elevador de Santa Justa, it connects the lower town, Baixa, with the upper Carmo Square. From the lookout platform on the top floor, visitors have an incredible view of the city spread out before them.

The Campo Pequeno Bullring, Lisbon

The Campo Pequeno Bullring, Lisbon

The Campo Pequeno Bullring was built in the late 1800s but completely refitted in 2006 to host all different events, from concerts to theatre and yes, the occasional bull fight too. Unlike in Spain, Portuguese bullfights don’t end with the death of the bull. The bright red bricks are a striking contrast to the green of the surrounding park and the beautiful blue skies.

The Rua Augusta Arch in Commerce Square, Lisbon

The Rua Augusta Arch in Commerce Square, Lisbon

The Rua Augusta Arch was built to commemorate the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755. The arch opens onto Commerce Square, and the clock you can see here is actually on the back of the arch. The front contains multiple sculptures, the largest of which is a 7m figure of the allegory of Glory.

Moody architecture in Lisbon

Moody architecture in Lisbon

I love architectural photography and even the ‘every day’ buildings in Lisbon were inspiring. Wouldn’t want to own one of these beautiful balconies?

Window abstract in Lisbon

Abstract windows

I love the contrast between modern and traditional so when I spotted this reflection, I had to photograph it.

Colourful Art Deco in Lisbon

Colourful Art Deco in Lisbon

These brightly painted Art Deco buildings caught my eye. They’re quite a dramatic difference from the monotonous grey of Brussels.

The antique trams of Lisbon

The antique trams of Lisbon

The tram network in Lisbon has been in operation since 1873 and looks much the same as it did back then. These days, the trams are primarily used by tourists and everywhere you look, travellers are stopping to photograph these iconic vehicles.

We loved exploring Lisbon with our cameras and can’t wait to go back and uncover some more beautiful scenes.

Have you been to Lisbon, Portugal? What were your favourite places to photograph? Leave your comments below.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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4 comments

  1. Comment by A Montrealer Abroad

    A Montrealer Abroad June 1, 2012 at 11:27

    So beautiful. I think I’ll take dvantage of TBU being in Porto this September to visit Lisbon as well.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison June 4, 2012 at 10:18

      Great idea! It’s definitely worth a few days visit!

  2. Comment by expatraveler

    expatraveler June 2, 2012 at 22:19

    Love the beautiful colors of the buildings the most. We were talking about Lisbon last week.. Ah if we were only closer!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison June 4, 2012 at 10:17

      Thanks Jen! It is a bit far from BC but definitely worth the trip 🙂

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