Anyone arriving in Lisbon for the first time will be struck by the singular quality of the city’s light: clear, crystalline and pure, the light of Lisbon warmly defines the contours of a uniquely beautiful city. These are all extraordinary moments that you will set out to capture during our tour of this luminous city, as seen through the eyes of a professional photographer.
Your photographic experience will begin by taking photographs at the Parque das Nações, the riverside zone boasting the city’s most spectacular recent architectural works. Here you will find the clean lines of Siza Vieira’s Pavilhão de Portugal reflected in the waters of the river, but also transparent glass buildings, and the iconic outlines of edifices such as the Oceanarium and Santiago Calatrava’s Oriente Station. After this, you head for Oriental Lisbon, an area still throbbing with the memory of its industrial past, and where disuse has created its own fascinating ambience. Then, following the course of the river towards the older parts of the city, you plunge into historical neighborhoods of narrow streets pulsing with a life of their own. In Alfama, you will uncover the traces of an Arab past and allow yourself to become lost in a labyrinth of small streets, alleys and cascading steps where there is always something new to discover and to photograph. But it’s upon arriving at the miradouros (vantage points), perhaps the most unique and characteristic places of Lisbon, that a true vision of the city is revealed, with its variety of architectural styles laid out at different levels all around you. We finish the day with a look around Chiado, the heart of the 18th century city, and still the core of the elegant and cultural Lisbon.
We start the day early so that we can capture the light of sunrise in the still-sleeping streets. Wandering on foot, you will come upon the hidden corners of Lisbon where, with the eye of a photographer, you can almost breathe in the silence of the deserted city. For the afternoon, our continuing discovery of the city takes you onto the river for a journey by boat, following the shores of Lisbon down to the port area with its huge, colorful containers and silhouetted industrial cranes. Raising your eyes a little higher your attention will be snagged by groups of houses scattered lazily on the hills… Impossible not to capture this in a series of original photographs! The uniquely gleaming light of Lisbon at dusk – that magical hour between the setting of the sun and the arrival of the coming night – will come upon you before this part of our journey ends on the other side of the river, opposite the city. Here you will have dinner at a restaurant with a mesmerizing view of the sparkling city.
Your last day comes with a new dimension brought by a change of pace. Just like Lisbon’s residents on Sunday mornings, we will ride bicycles to explore the cycle ways that run along the edge of the river, heading in the direction of the historical area of Belém. On the way, you will pass by the old warehouses of the port area and the riverboat stations where the ferries slip to and from the city, to finish the stroll among two of the landmarks of Portugal’s era of Discoveries: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém. Here, the Atlantic light reflects off the water in such a way as to command the landscape, almost leaving the monuments themselves as mere additions, and leaving you with the feeling that, as the words picked out in huge letters on a riverside wall say, ‘The landscape has no owner.’ And this light, also, one could easily add.
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