Belem is the beautiful neighborhood to the west of central Lisbon and is the backdrop for many of the capital’s most iconic tourist attractions. The Belem district makes for a pleasant half day trip and combines historic buildings, fascinating museums, and charming formal gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary.
Belem was originally the area of Lisbon’s shipyards and harbors, and from here Portuguese 15th-century explorers found sea routes to India, Africa, and Brazil. Many of the historic monuments found in Belem either memorialize this remarkable past or were underwritten by the vast wealth that flowed into Portugal from the colonies.
Belem is filled with parks, tree-lined plazas and green open spaces, and is a breath of fresh air from claustrophobic and uncontrolled central Lisbon. This article will provide an introduction to Belem, and includes an overview of the main tourist tendencies, a suggested tour and at the end of the guide details on how to travel to Belem from central Lisbon.
Quick details for a trip to Belém
Top 5 things to see and do
1) Admire the view from the top of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos monument
2) Search the charming Torre de Belem, with its ornamental battlements and Arabic design
3) Marvel at the extravagance of the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
4) Stroll along the Tejo Estuary between the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Torre de Belem
How much will the day trip cost?
35€ is needed to fully explore Belem:
• 2x €1.85 return bus fare (2 x €2.90 for the tram)
• €5.00 Padrao dos Descobrimentos entrance fee
• €5.00 Torre de Belem entrance fee
• €7.00 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos entrance fee
• Free The Church of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
• €5.00 Pastel De Belem cake and coffee
• €8-12 Light lunch
• 3x€1 Water
Maximum Temprature: 16.67 C
Clouds: clear sky
sunrise: 2019-03-20 06:41:00
sunset: 2019-03-20 18:47:50