Colour lovers, listen up! Lisbon is a hue haven, displaying pastel streets and patterned tiles at every turn. It’s the perfect city for colour hunting and to prove it, I’ve collated some of my favourite colourful Lisbon snaps into a spectrum. If you’re looking for a new way to discover Portugal’s capital, just let colour curiosity be your guide.
The majority of the famous azulejos (tiles) in Lisbon, it seems, are blue. This, coupled with references to the much celebrated fish, the sardine, the cities’ walls remind you of your proximity to the coast and add a sense of coolness in a land of scorching temperatures.
Lisbon’s streets are fairly tree-less, unless of course, you’re in a courtyard or promenade in which case the Portuguese go all out. The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is THE look-out spot over the city. Take refuge from the heat under the lush trees by the fountains and then take to the side streets to spot beautiful geometric green tiles.
Another dominant colour in the city is yellow. Spot a big wall of it and you’ve got yourself the perfect selfie backdrop. Opposite Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is a cute yellow and white striped ice cream parlour, Mu Gelato. Pop in for the creamiest sorbets in zingy flavours you won’t be able to choose from.
With street names like Rua de la Rosa, you can be sure to catch your fair share of pink. The back drop to my outfit were walls right down the cute side street to the Memmo Alfama Hotel (where the views are top notch).
The colour of the roofs. Catch your breath, or have it taken away with stops overlooking the city. The pops of terracotta make for a beautiful view.
The red tour trams are the most magnificent in the city (the regular trams are covered in advertising posters) so catch a snap of one of these creeping down the hill.
On our visit in June, the flowers on the Jacaranda tree were just finishing their bloom, bringing a purple pop to the roof tops of the square surrounding Estátua de D. Pedro IV.
All the colours of the rainbow!
As you wind around the more residential streets in the old town, you’ll start to spot colourful bunting and streamers zig-zagging across the lanes. I’ve yet to find the streets that Carrie and Miguel shot their incredible engagement shoot photos in but with more time, I may have been luckier.
When in the old town, be sure to pop to A LOJA Lisboa, a vintage and hand-made shop run by the sweetest French girl. Make space in your suitcase because there are some serious ceramics up for grabs. Next door is O! Galeria, a modern and affordable art gallery with prints you’ll want to bring back for your own walls.