Honeymoon Itinerary Guide to Lisbon: Tips from Wedding Photographer in Portugal

If you're looking for a beautiful and romantic destination for your honeymoon, consider Portugal! In this blog post, I'll give you a detailed itinerary for your trip so that you can make the most of your time in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon.

History and culture of Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history stretching over 2,000 years. Over the centuries, Lisbon has been shaped by a mix of cultures, resulting in a unique and fascinating city. From the Moorish influence on the city’s architecture to the vibrant, contemporary art scene, there is something for everyone in Lisbon.

Lisbon is the city of seven hills, so there’s no shortage of stunning views. For the best views of the city, head to one of Lisbon’s many lookout points, such as Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara or Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

Central Lisbon is full of narrow streets lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s worth taking some time to explore the city’s neighborhoods on foot and you’ll be sure to stumble upon some hidden gems.

Be sure to visit some of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks, such as the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and São Jorge Castle. These historic sites are magnificent and provide a great insight into Lisbon’s rich history.

Contemporary art is also very well represented in Lisbon, with dozens of galleries and museums displaying the newest pieces from Lisbon‘s artists. If you’re interested in art, you should visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado Museum).

Jeronimos Monastery in Belem

Food and drink in Lisbon

If you and your significant other are foodies, you’ll be in heaven in Lisbon! From hole-in-the wall cafes serving up delicious traditional Portuguese cuisine to Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

Be sure to try some of the local specialties, such as bacalhau (codfish), Portuguese wine, pastel de nata (custard tart), and francesinha (a sandwich made with meat, cheese, and eggs). The city is also known for its fresh seafood, so be sure to order a few dishes while you’re here.

My recommended fine-dining restaurants are:

  • Alma – A Michelin starred restaurant serving contemporary Portuguese cuisine
  • JNĉQUOI – A restaurant with a focus on seasonal, local ingredients and an ever-changing menu
  • A Cevicheria – A Peruvian restaurant specializing in ceviche, a dish made with raw fish that is marinated in citrus juice
  • Bairro do Avillez – A restaurant from one of Lisbon’s most famous chefs, offering a mix of Portuguese and international dishes
  • Palacio Chiado – A restaurant located in a historic palace serving modern Portuguese cuisine

For a more casual dining experience, try one of these restaurants:

  • Taberna da Rua das Flores – A small and cozy spot serving up simple but delicious Portuguese dishes
  • Lupita Pizzaria – Many people claim that this place offers the best pizza in the city
  • Time Out Market  – A food market with a variety of stalls serving up local specialties
  • Heim Cafe – The perfect place to enjoy breakfast and lunch, with a focus on healthy, organic food

While in Lisbon, enjoy some of the city’s nightlife. The Bairro Alto neighborhood is particularly well known for its bars and clubs, so be sure to head there for a night out on the town.

Palacio Chiado Restaurant. Source: palaciochiado.pt

Romantic Hotels in Lisbon

To fully enjoy a romantic getaway with the love of your life, I suggest staying in one of Lisbon’s luxurious and romantic hotels.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon – A five-star hotel with an outdoor pool, spa, and Michelin star restaurant located in the center of the city and offers stunning views of Eduardo VII Park. The rooms are spacious and decorated in an elegant, modern style
  • The One Palácio da Anunciada – A five-star hotel located in a historic building with a beautiful garden, an outdoor pool, and a spa. The hotel has a prime location, it’s located within a few minutes’ walk to Avenida da Liberdade – the famous street for its luxury shops and restaurants. The rooms are decorated with a mix of antique and modern furniture and offer stunning views of the city.
  • Altis Belém Hotel & Spa – A five-star hotel located in the historic Belém district. The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa, and a number of restaurants serving international cuisine. The rooms are decorated in a modern style and offer unique views of the Tagus river.
  • Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa – Another beautiful hotel located on the Avenida da Liberdade with a heated indoor pool, sauna, and Turkish bath which provides a relaxing atmosphere. It’s a nature paradise in the heart of Lisbon. The decoration is a perfect balance between modernity and tradition.
  • Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel – A stunning hotel with a rooftop terrace offering romantic views of Lisbon. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. The rooms are decorated in a classical style with Portuguese furnishings

If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, try one of these hotels:

  • Hotel Mundial – A centrally located hotel with a great rooftop bar
  • My Story Hotel Tejo – A hotel located in the historic district of Baixa
  • Mercure Lisboa Almada – A hotel located across the river from Lisbon with great views of the city
  • EPIC SANA Marquês Hotel – A modern hotel located in the trendy Marquês de Pombal district
  • EXE Liberdade – A hotel located on the Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s most famous street

Royal Suite at Four Seasons Lisbon. Source: www.fourseasons.com

Best places for photos in Lisbon

As a Lisbon-based photographer, I obviously have to mention some of the best places in the city for couples’ photos. Here are a few of my favorites:

Alfama District – The historic district of Lisbon with its winding streets and colorful buildings is a great place for photos. This district is what I call the soul of Lisbon because it has managed to preserve its traditional character despite the city’s modernization

Miradouro de Santa Luzia – Located in Alfama, this is one of the most popular lookout points in Lisbon which offers stunning city views. It’s the perfect place for meeting sunrise and starting your day.

The Lisbon Cathedral – Located in the city’s heart, this is a must-see for any Lisbon visitor. The cathedral is magnificent and makes for a great photo spot.

Praça do Comércio – One of the most iconic squares in Lisbon. Although if you want to avoid the crowds in your photos I recommend visiting it early morning.

The Bairro Alto neighborhood – This is the perfect place to wander around and explore, and there are plenty of opportunities for cute couple’s photos. Be sure to head up to the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara for an unbeatable view of the city.

Belém – The Belém district is home to some of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks including the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. It’s a great place for a walk and to snap some photos.

Morning view from Santa Luzia viewpoint in Alfama

Lisbon is an amazing city with so much to offer honeymooners. If you’re planning a romantic getaway to Portugal, I hope this guide has given you some ideas for how to spend your time here. If you’re looking for a Lisbon photographer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! I would be more than happy to capture your special moments on camera.

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