Sharing Lisbon's Beauty through Instagram
When you're born in Lisbon, it's hard to be humble when asked to talk about your city. So, cutting to the chase, Lisbon is one of the most beautiful European capitals. The centennial monuments, the hills and the river running at its feet gives it a special grace. To appreciate it one needs time to contemplate its unique light, to explore every hidden corner, to discover all the charming details of its streets, its windows, its food and its people.
So, it's not hard to find out that Lisbon is also a very photogenic town. You don't need to make a big effort to bump into a breathtaking landscape or a small detail that will look perfect in your pictures. Luckily, today you have Instagram where you can stop being humble and share all Lisbon's beauty with the whole world.
Climb up to the top of Monsanto, Lisbon's biggest forest, where you'll access a 360º view of the city. On one side, the newest part of town with tall buildings bathed with the golden light of the sunset. On the other side, the river Tagus, the bridge, the historic downtown. Don't think, shoot your camera and start uploading.
The old neighbourhoods of Alfama and Costa do Castelo are also full of great Instagrammable material: Go to Portas do Sol belvedere where river Tagus can perform the main role in your shots. While climbing there, make sure you peek at all the windows of you can find and register the surprising views they offer.
Go to Belém, a riverside district rich in history told through the infinite details of the Jeronimos Monastery or Belém Tower. Take time observing the sculptures covering both buildings. There are plenty of details worth sharing through a picture.
Before you finish don't forget the modern coffeeshops, design shops, the slow reading libraries, the delicious food. For a photo shoot like that, you'll have to seat, appreciate, smell, taste. Chiado is bursting with a wide variety of good options either only for a coffee, a light meal or a gourmet dinner. You'll surely whet the appetite of your followers.
At the end, even if you're not originally from Lisbon, you'll understand why it is so difficult to be humble when you describe your experience while in town.
Silvia is an awarded writer and a traveller with more than 15 years experience. Although her journeys have been taking her a bit everywhere in the world, Lisbon is her hometown, is the city where she always returns to unveil and write about its never ending wonders.
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