Portugal is perfect for Instagram photography. Instagrammable subjects in Portugal include;
- Colorful Portuguese buildings
- Traditional cobbled streets
- Castles and palaces
- Tiled buildings
The most popular places in Portugal are Lisbon, Sintra and the beaches of the Algarve. You’ll find lots of beautiful locations in these popular places. In the smaller lesser visited towns you will find some hidden gems!
Castle of the Moors and Pena Palace
You must visit the Castle of the Moors in Sintra. From this location you get 2 incredible sites on one shot. Not only do you get the Pena Palace in this shot but you also get the steps of the Castle of the Moors. An incredible set of stairs and the red facade of Pena Palace will get you likes on Instagram. Most pictures you see of the palace will be of the yellow facade.
This picture was taken from the Castle of the Moors looking towards Pena Palace. These are part of the UNESCO area of Sintra. I took this photograph with a fish eye lens. If you use a bridge camera or lens with good zoom you’ll get a rare close up of the red facade of Pena Palace.
Sunset over the hills of the Algarve
In Portugal the sky is almost always clear and a sunset is guaranteed. I was visiting a small town in the hills of the Algarve for some cake and a coffee. I was gifted with this popcorn sky. You don’t need an amazing camera to make a shot like this, the sky does it for you. Nothing gets likes on Instagram like a good sunset shot!
The sunset shot was taken from Santa Catarina which is a small village in the Eastern Algarve. I took it with a Canon bridge camera.
The traditional Portuguese cobbled streets
The traditional cobbled streets of Portugal photograph well for Instagram. I was up late to find an empty street in the busy village of Sintra. If you visit lesser know villages you’ll find lots of empty and picturesque cobbled streets. If it rains (which is not often in Portugal) the cobbles become shiny. When the cobbles are wet they become shiny. You’ll be able to make some unique reflection shots with them.
The Streets of Sintra photograph was taken using a fish eye lens late at night in Sintra village.
The colorful houses of the UNESCO historic city of Porto
The colorful houses of Porto are perfect for Instagram photography. I have found that photos of colorful houses get more likes. In the UNESCO historic city of Porto there are thousands of colorful houses waiting to be photographed. Those who like to make poses in front of them will love it too. Another bonus of this city is that in front of the colorful houses is the Douro river. The Douro river is lined with colorful port boats which are full of barrels of port. You can also take a boat tour giving incredible views of the historic city.
This shot was taken from Vila Nova de Gaia looking over to the colorful houses. I used a Canon bridge camera and zoomed in.
The Azulejos of Portugal
You’ll see lots of buildings in Portugal covered in light blue tiles. These tiles are known as azulejos in Portuguese. You are guaranteed to see azulejos everywhere. The more you see and read about them, the more interesting they’ll become. Any small Portuguese village will have houses covered in azulejos. A famous place to make Instagram poses in front of Azulejos are the Carmo and Carmelitas Churches in Porto.
This shot was taken from the interior of Sao Bento train station in the center of Porto. It was taken with a fish eye lens.
Unique doorways and archways
If you pay attention to the doorways and windows in any Portuguese village you’ll come across some very unique designs. If you like this type of photography then you’ll need a decent sized memory stick. You’ll be taking lots of photos!
This window frame is part Pena Palace. I took this shot with a Canon bridge camera
Architecture designed by legends
Gustave Eiffel is one of the biggest names in architecture. You’ll be thinking of his masterpiece in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. He has designed a bridge in Porto called the Maria Pia Bridge. There is also an elevator in Lisbon and a 2 story bridge in Porto that were designed by his students. If his masterpiece in Paris is Instagrammable then his other pieces around the world are too.
This photo was taken from the banks of the Douro river with a fish eye. On the far left is the bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.
The Smaller towns of Portugal
Definitely make time to visit the smaller towns and villages of Portugal. You’ll be gifted with incredible views you’ve never even seen on Instagram. Tavira is a small town in the Eastern Algarve which offers all that the major cities do but without the crowds. Foodies will love Tavira too, there are plenty of dining options.
This reflection photograph was taken from the main plaza of Tavira. I took this with a fish eye lens.
The end of Europe
Where else can you get a picture of the most western point of continental Europe? You could argue that the continental divide is in Iceland but that’s not part of the mainland. There is a marker stating the fact that this is the western most point of the mainland. This marker is perfect for those Instagram poses.
This picture was taken from the Cabo da Roca marker looking towards the light house.
Beaches of the Algarve
The beaches of the Algarve are beautiful. You’ll find endless perfect beaches. Barril beach in Tavira is separated from the mainland. You need to take a train to get to the beach. As you make your way to the beach you’ll pass several anchors. One side of the anchors are restaurants and the other side is the beautiful beach. There are other parts where of the Algarve where you must take a boat to the beach. Because the beaches are separated from the mainland it makes them unique and Instagrammable.
This photo of the anchors at Barril beach was taken with my fish eye lens.
Enjoy making your Instagram photos in Portugal
Enjoy taking photos of the Instagram worthy locations of Portugal. Keep your eyes open as there are beautiful things everywhere to photograph. Always have your camera ready as you never know when a great Instagrammable opportunity will come your way.