AFAR Ambassador and Passion Passport founder Zach Houghton is just back from a whirlwind European adventure, engineered by Lufthansa. The airline made his experience seamless from one capital city to the next. Zach’s first dispatch focuses on photographing Lisbon’s Alfama district.
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Whether you’re an aspiring Instagrammer or a seasoned professional behind the lens, the Alfama district offers up a treasure trove of opportunities to hone your craft. Its Moorish influences, sloping maze-like streets, and spectacular vistas lend themselves perfectly to visual capture.
I found there’s no shortage of photogenic subjects vying for your attention and that wandering is half the fun. But if you’re looking for inspiration to get those creative juices flowing, here’s my shoot list for Lisbon’s oldest quarter.
Start Your Morning at Portas do Sol
Wake up early, pack your camera, and lace up your walking shoes. You want to make it to Miradouro das Portas do Sol—an expansive balcony overlooking the Tagus River—and the neighboring Elevador de Santa Luzia for first light. You’ll be rewarded by arguably the most sweeping views of Lisbon at sunrise, a time when these sites are nearly deserted. Wander underneath the covered walkway, stop by the reflecting pool, and sit under the bougainvilleas of Igreja de Santa Luzia. Once you’ve finished, consider nearby Pois Café for your morning bica (espresso) or café.
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