10 Photos of Lisbon, Portugal That Will Compel You to Go

The soothing streets of Lisbon, Portugal dance under the bright street lights. Washed in old world charm, this cultural capital offers a rich, vibrant history. I was more than impressed with Lisbon’s charm, class and beauty. Attached kindly view ten of my best photos of Lisbon for your visual pleasure.

10 Photos of Lisbon, Portugal That Will Compel You to Go

1 – The Streets of the Belem Section of Lisbon

10 Photos of Lisbon. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the country's population).
10 Photos of Lisbon. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the country’s population).

In college and high school I studied and lived in Portugal’s neighbor, Spain.  At the time Portugal remained a mystery, and didn’t have the allure of say France or Italy.  Needless to say I missed out on familiarizing myself with this beautiful country before it became so popular.

Now as adult, with a lot more travel and culture under my belt, I can better appreciate this Iberian treasure.  Certainly Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, rivals any major European city in terms of activities, elegance and friendliness.  Here are some of the best photos I shot in Lisbon.

2 – Red tile roofs lead down to the Tagus River

10 Photos of Lisbon. Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2.
10 Photos of Lisbon. Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2.

3- The 25th of April Bridge

10 Photos of Lisbon. The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge is one of Lisbon's most notable landmarks as it spans the River Tagus at the narrowest point. This massive bridge closely resembles that of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the date name remembers the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974.
10 Photos of Lisbon. The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge is one of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks as it spans the River Tagus at the narrowest point. This massive bridge closely resembles that of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the date name remembers the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974.

4 – The Statue of Cristo Rei

10 Photos of Lisbon. The Sanctuary of Christ the King is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon situated in Almada, in Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument.
10 Photos of Lisbon. The Sanctuary of Christ the King is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon situated in Almada, in Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument.

5 – Lisbon’s Charm and Floral Displays

10 Photos of Lisbon. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and one of the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.
10 Photos of Lisbon. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and one of the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.

  6 – Colorful Street Art Around Lisbon

10 Photos of Lisbon. One claim often repeated in non-academic literature is that the name of Lisbon can be traced back to Phoenician times, referring to a supposedly Phoenician term Alis-Ubo, meaning "safe harbour".
10 Photos of Lisbon. One claim often repeated in non-academic literature is that the name of Lisbon can be traced back to Phoenician times, referring to a supposedly Phoenician term Alis-Ubo, meaning “safe harbor”.

7 – The Jerónimos Monastery at Sunset

10 Photos of Lisbon. The Jerónimos Monastery is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
10 Photos of Lisbon. The Jerónimos Monastery is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus River. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

8 – The Belem Tower on the Tagus River

10 Photos of Lisbon. The Belém Tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style.
10 Photos of Lisbon. The Belém Tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style.

9  – The Estrela Basilica

10 Photos of Lisbon. The Estrela Basilica was built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son (José, Prince of Brazil). Construction started in 1779 and the basilica was finished in 1790, after the death of José caused by smallpox in 1788.
10 Photos of Lisbon. The Estrela Basilica was built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son (José, Prince of Brazil). Construction started in 1779 and the basilica was finished in 1790, after the death of José caused by smallpox in 1788.

10 – The Lisbon Cathedral

10 Photos of LIsbon. The Lisbon cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and the oldest one in the city is. Since the beginning of construction of the cathedral,in the year 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles. It has been classified as a National Monument since 1910.
10 Photos of Lisbon. The Lisbon cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and the oldest one in the city. Since the beginning of construction of the cathedral,in the year 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles. It has been classified as a National Monument since 1910.

Do you have any questions or remarks about Lisbon, Portugal?

Please let me know in the comments!

Happy travels.

Matt Weatherbee

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Hi, I’m Matt.  In 2008 I quit my job, sold everything and drove from Boston to Mexico to start a business.  Now I live and work in the Carribean, and spend my free time traveling the globe.  Learn more.

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