Vibrant, colorful and full of history, one of Europe’s most Instagrammable places is Portugal. One of the oldest countries in all of Europe, Portugal is famous for things such as, producing 50% of the worlds Cork export, housing the oldest bookstore in the world – Livraria Bertrand in Lisbon, as well as being the first country to circumnavigate Africa in search of following the spice trail.
With all of its historical past, present, and future, it’s no surprise that within 2019 it became one of the most buzz-worthy, Instagrammed and talked about places for travel. I am The Influence Agency’s resident Photographer and Social Media Coordinator and had the pleasure of traveling there in July 2019.
Let’s take a look at some of the most instagrammable places in Portugal!
A beautifully hilly capital city within the country of Portugal! An amazing amount of coloured buildings, quirky original tiles, and more! Lisbon is also full of miradouros (aka a higher place), which are among 7 cinematic hillsides perfect for your Instagram photos #views. Besides the climate, food, and wine, the amount of history and colour within the vibrant city of Lisbon is sure to pique your interest and will be sure to garner you those likes on Instagram.
At almost 140 years old, this historic bookstore serves purpose as an unbelievable tourist attraction for young and old! Located in the historic riverside town called Porto, it’s one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and usually rated as one of the best in the world. The bookstore was frequented by JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series when she taught English in Porto and is reported to be an inspiration for her writing of Harry Potter, and referenced for the look and feel in the movies as what we know as Ollivander’s Wand Shop.
The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across the top of Spain and following through Portugal to its outlet at Porto. The Douro Valley river also houses some of the world’s best and most recognized Port and wineries. One vineyard to mention, as it’s #4 in the world would be Quinta do Crasto, with unbelievable views and even more incredible wine, it’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon in the beautiful sun!
A beautiful seaside town in Portugal known for its continuous port wine production, and stately bridges engineered by the one and only Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel tower, nbd). The scenic river and plenty of things to see and do, make this one of the best tourism places in Portugal. Cobblestone streets, cool bars, and even grander Hotels, this is the perfect place to snap some amazing photos and take it all in!
An incredibly cool rooftop bar with an amazing view of Lisbon’s main bridge. This bar is actually atop an old parking garage that they’ve turned into a bar. This bar is incredible for a cool new age crowd, features unreal and scenic views, great music, and even greater drinks! (Sangria, ftw!)
PENA PALACE, SINTRA
A beautiful and grand palace that you could never in your life imagine the scale of unless you’ve already been there! Pena Palace is full of colour and character, captivating views, and painted terraces, and mythological statues. Beautiful views from the palace cascade down over the town of Sintra, and it’s characterized as one of the first places in Europe to feature a Romantic design style.
RUA AUGUSTA ARCH, LISBON
In 1755 an earthquake took a toll on Lisbon and ruined the majority of the foundations that had been originally standing. After a massive rebuilding, this place was since named Commerce Square to indicate its new function in the society of Lisbon, and features some of the oldest monuments including the Rua Augusta Arch, at over 100 feet high, it’s one of Lisbon’s major tourist attractions.
CABO DA ROCA
This place marks the most westerly point in all of the mainland of Europe. With stunning views and windswept cliffs this spectacular tourist attraction, boasting a long scenic drive just to get to the top! Picturesque coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean, you can take a look at the resident lighthouse or the small gift shop, but this place should surely not be missed!
CABO ESPICHEL, SESIMBRA
An odd collection of a range of different tourist attractions makes the perfect day trip while visiting from Lisbon. You can see the small Chapel of Ermida da Memória, the lighthouse, The Lagosteiros dinosaur footprints (yes, literally) and not to mention the incredible views! One of the most beautiful sights to see in Portugal.
This tiny small town could be the set of a movie, or maybe make you feel like you’re in a small village in Greece. All of the beauty and colour within the lively town of Obidos is sure to impress. Taking you right back to the medieval times, it’s the perfect stop for seeing beautiful bougainvilleas and having delicious food and wine.
With all that said, Portugal is one of the most incredible and beautifully thriving places in Europe. You need to add this fantastic country to your travel destination list, we promise you won’t regret it! To learn more about what we do here at The Influence Agency! Visit our website or contact us today!
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