Virtual Travel: Explore the Streets of Lisbon, Portugal

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

I put together this photo diary of Lisbon, Portugal for a little bit of “virtual travel” during this time when we’re stuck at home. 

Lisbon is a vibrant European city and an absolute visual delight. It’s one of those places where you’ll never want to put your camera down (although you should), because there is just so much to look at. The buildings are colorful and the intricate tiles (azulejos) the city is known for are everywhere.

My favorite thing to do during my (almost) 2 month stint in Lisbon was to just wander the streets aimlessly. I’d walk for hours, up and down many (steep) hills, and take an abundance of photos. If you ever visit, I highly recommend making time to wander instead of filling your itinerary with attractions.

Lisbon became a major travel hotspot in the last couple of years, so it’s likely you’ve seen plenty of photos of it on Instagram, Pinterest, and other travel blogs. I know one of the things that influenced me to go was all the gorgeous photos I saw–I just wanted to see it all for myself!

So hopefully this little photo tour of the streets of Lisbon can inspire you to visit in the future, or at least hold you over while at home until you can go on another trip. Enjoy!


The Streets of Lisbon


Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

I’m starting off with my absolute favorite photo from my time in Lisbon. I moved to a different neighborhood after my first week in the city, and this was from my first night roaming around. The colors of the sky perfectly complemented the colors of the buildings. I look at this picture all the time, and it always fills me with nostalgia for the city.

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

You can’t visit Lisbon without getting a photo of one of the famous yellow trams. I personally would not recommend riding these trams for sightseeing. You’re better off taking one of the official sightseeing trams, or taking another type of tour, if you want to see the city this way. I wrote more about this in my Lisbon Tips post.

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

Lisbon is the City of Seven Hills–don’t take the name lightly! Any walking or wandering around the city will require walking up and down hills, so bring your comfy shoes.

alleyways in Lisbon

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

Getting lost in the streets of Lisbon is the best way to spend a day.

city view of Lisbon

Plan your trip to Lisbon, Portugal with this city guide! Find out what to do in Lisbon, where to stay and eat, how to get around the city, and discover cool places to add to your itinerary!

Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon, which makes it one of the most popular ones for tourists to visit. The tiny alleyways felt like a maze, and it was definitely an interesting area. I spent a few hours here on my first day in the city but didn’t return after that.

building with plants covering it

I hope this little “virtual vacation” to Lisbon, Portugal could bring just the tiniest spark of joy to your day. If this inspired you to learn more about Lisbon, and maybe plan a trip for the future, be sure to read some of my tips and guides to the city!


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virtual travel: lisbon, portugal

By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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