Lisboa is the city of light, but it’s also the city of tiled buildings and colorful façades. There is so much to do and see in this city, but simply strolling along the narrow streets of Lisboa’s neighborhoods and admiring the façades is an activity in and of itself.
Although we believe all parts of Lisbon are complete eye candy, we’ve pulled together our top three areas to walk for finding some of our favorite façades in the city. Get ready to look up, and don’t forget your camera.
Route 1: Wander the streets of Príncipe Real
The good news: regardless of which route you take, Príncipe Real will satisfy your tile-desires. Start on Rua da Escola Politécnica and wander down any of the streets towards Praça das Flores: Calçada Eng. Miguel Pais, Rua Monte Olivete or Rua de São Marçal. From Praça das Flores you can walk in any direction and see the beautiful (and hilly!) streets of Príncipe Real.
Other benefit of this route: you will pass some of Lisboa’s best specialty coffee shops. If you’re in the mood for coffee or brunch, check out Copenhagen Coffee Lab or Lisboa-newcomers, The Seagull Method Cafe and Early Birds.
Route 2: Criss-cross through Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto may be heaving with nightlife once the sun goes down, but during the day, it’s a photographer’s dream. The streets are fairly quiet and you have a maze of streets to explore. There are a long streets north-south (up and down the hill) and many short east-west streets worth exploring. Some of our favorite streets to take down the hill: Rua da Rosa, Rua Luz Soriano, Rua do Diário de Notícias.
Other Benefit of this route: This route takes you down the hill. And if you’re hungry at the bottom, Manteigaria is right there waiting with a freshly baked pastel de nata for you.
Route 3: Discover the side streets of Santos/Madragoa
Start on Calçada Marquês Abrantes and the street parallel to it, Rua da Esperança. Continue west after the two streets meet onto Rua do Santos-o-Velho and Rua das Janelas Verdes. Wander along Rua do Olival (just parallel to Rua das Janelas Verdes) and explore the little streets coming off of it.
Benefit of this route: There is no shortage of cafes and mercearias (markets also usually selling prepared foods) if you are hungry or thirsty. A few worth stopping by for a bite or coffee: Chérie Paloma, Heim Cafe and Mercearia da Mila.
Enjoy the stroll. We can’t wait to see your photos!
All images by Leah Johns @sardinesplease