How to Propose in Lisbon

Featured Lisbon Proposal Tips
  • Choose a special location to pop the question in Lisbon
  • Practice getting down on one knee beforehand
  • Think about what you will say
  • Make reservations so you have a reason to dress up
  • Hire a proposal photographer to plan and capture the moment

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, including their top proposal ideas and tips, and the best ways and the best places to propose in Lisbon. Explore our customers’ heartwarming Lisbon proposal stories below.

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Chris's Proposal Story in Lisbon

What is your love story?

Meghan and I met on our first day of work in the city of Boston. It happened to be her birthday so she invited me out for drinks and we started dating shortly after that.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Meghan and I love traveling and we have been wanting to go Portugal for quite some time. After doing some research and seeing how beautiful the country is, I decided to make it the spot where I asked Meghan to marry me.

What is your proposal story?

Meghan and I had dinner reservations up on a hilltop in Lisbon overlooking the city. Prior to dinner, we went to a beautiful castle that overlooks the city. As the sun was setting, I got down on a knee and asked her to marry me (she said yes!) while Orsi, the photographer, captured the beautiful moment.

Proposed in Lisbon in July

Photo Shoot Location: St. George's Castle

Orsi in Lisbon for Flytographer


Kemet's Proposal Story in Lisbon

What is your love story?

We met our freshmen year of college through a mutual friend. I went to a school in Massachusetts and lived in New York and she went to school in New York and live Massachusetts. It was her birthday weekend and she was visiting home to celebrate with her friends, and that’s when I saw her. I knew I couldn’t simply approach her. I did something silly and ask my friend to entertain the mutual friend so I can take her to get some ice cream in the middle of the winter. While walking to the ice cream store I put my arms around her and we hit it off from there.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Lisbon had a very significant meaning. My fiancée is Portuguese and she’s never been to main land Portugal. Her father who just recently passed from cancer said once he’s better that they were going to go to Lisbon to celebrate life and his Portuguese culture. So although it was an emotional trip, she said there was no other place in the world that she wanted to get engaged.

What is your proposal story?

I was so nervous and it didn’t help that we ended up at the wrong location at first. But it kind of through her off so it all worked out. I saw Ana at the location and quickly ask her for a selfie which put us in place to capture the big moment. I said to her “People always say everything happen for a reason, and at this moment, love is the reason. From the moment I met you until this day we had unconditional love. Love that’s filled with support, laughter, long car rides lol. Love that will stand the test of time and ...” and she interrupted me saying laughing asking “why are you saying all these nice things to me?” And I laugh and said”because I love you silly” and dropped to one knee ask her to marry me. It didn’t take long for her to say yes and she laugh and had tears of joy.

Proposed in Lisbon in May

Ana Lucia in Lisbon for Flytographer


Rueben's Proposal Story in Lisbon

What is your love story?

We met in Chicago three years ago in an elevator of the apartment building we both lived in! Casual conversation turned into spending time together, and we were able to develop a strong initial friendship which later turned into a relationship. Our relationship flourished through our mutual love for traveling and outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing. We knew that we had found perfect partners in each other after we spent a month traveling Europe together without any hiccups :)

What made you choose this proposal destination?

My family had planned a trip to Portugal and Spain. We had always heard Lisbon was a fantastic city to visit. I wanted to capture the charm and culture of the city, as traveling and experiencing new cultures is our passion. Looking at example shoots in Lisbon from Flytographer really confirmed my decision to pull off the proposal here!

What is your proposal story?

I wanted to make the day extra special for Milica. Since she is very close to her family, I knew I could not propose to her without her family being there! We were already in Lisbon with my family (my parents, sister, brother in law and nephew). We pretended that we were going on a walking tour prior to a nice dinner that my sister had reserved for us. Once we arrived at the fake meeting spot of the walking tour at Portas do Sol, Milica and I went to the viewpoint to take some pictures. We asked a friendly tourist (who was Orsi, our photographer!) to take some pictures for us. When she handed the phone back to Milica to check the pictures, I got down on one knee to propose. Orsi captured the moment brilliantly, and Milica was completely surprised. To add to the surprise, my family and my new fiancee then walked over to Castelo de Sao Jorge for more engagement photos, only to be surprised by Milica's parents who had flown in that morning from Wisconsin. More joyful tears ensued! Finally, I added in one more surprise as Milica's sister and brother in law were waiting within the castle walls with some wine ready for us! Milica was completely shocked with all three surprises, and was elated that both our families were there to celebrate.

Proposed in Lisbon in June

Orsi in Lisbon for Flytographer


Adam's Proposal Story in Lisbon

What is your love story?

We met while working at Duke University, but we didn't start dating until after Adam left for New York. We had many mutual friends and had reconnected when Adam was visiting North Carolina. Kati and Adam dated long distance for a year and a half and then Kati moved to New York to be with Adam.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Lisbon was the third leg of our vacation. We felt the Lisbon perfectly encapsulated everything we loved. From street art to the beach to amazing architecture, food, and culture, we loved Lisbon.

What is your proposal story?

I was our first full day in Lisbon and coincidentally was our 4 year anniversary. I told Kati that we had dinner reservations but wanted to walk through the small streets of Lisbon to see street art before dinner. We walked around for about 20 minutes and then took her to the spot where I was going to propose. Our photographer, Ana Lucia, was already there pretending to just be taking pictures of the beautiful Lisbon buildings. At the point, I told Kati the real reason why I brought her to that spot and got down on one knee and proposed with her Great Grandmother's ring. She immediately said yes!

Proposed in Lisbon in June

Ana Lucia in Lisbon for Flytographer


Jamil's Proposal Story in Lisbon

What is your love story?

Meryem and I met in Hong Kong. She had been living there for several years and I was in the second year of a temporary work assignment there. The first time I saw her she was sitting at a table in the back of a small bar that was directly across the street from my flat. A conversation turned into an impromptu night out that turned into several trips together that I never wanted to end. So I had to make sure it turned into a lifetime together.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We traveled to Morocco to spend time with her family between Christmas and New Years. We wanted to add a destination to the trip since we love to travel. It is hard to find a place that neither one of us have been so we chose a place that Meryem loved and I had never experienced. Once we booked the trip and I knew that we would be celebrating the New Year in Lisbon, I wanted to propose on January 1 to start the year off right.

What is your proposal story?

We work up early to embark on our "Moorish Architecture Tour" starting at Belem Tower (or at least that is what Meryem thought). When we arrived at the tower a bit after sunrise and the sky was beautiful. Once we were in position I got down on one knee and began professing my love for her....only she took two steps back. Me being conscious of the prior directions given to stay on my knee as long as possible for the photographs, I stopped professing my love and asked her to come back here! So instead of continuing to recite the best proposal ever (slight exaggeration) I began to ask Meryem several questions. "Can you standstill?" "Can you look at the ring?" "Did you say yes?" Fortunately she clarified that she did say yes, but does not remember any of the prior discourse.

Proposed in Lisbon in January

Photo Shoot Location: Belem Tower and Gardens

Claudia in Lisbon for Flytographer


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