Belem Lisbon Walking Tour

Quick Details

Duration: 3 hours

This tour runs every day

  • Morning tour leaves at 10:00
  • Afternoon tour leaves at 14:00

Meeting Point

  • We meet next to the Bank across the Pastes De Balem. The Bank is Santander and is a red house. The address is Rua De Balem 103, 1300-083 Lisboa.
  • Your guide will have a signboard that says Walks In Europe. Here’s the address:

 

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Age of Discovery In Lisbon

Belem is the setting for many of Lisbon’s most iconic and important attractions. It’s a delightful district that combines historical monuments, fascinating museums, and carefully maintained parks, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo estuary. Balem is the most visited place in Lisbon.

Iconic Cafe Pasteis de Belem is a great place to taste and talk about the famous egg tarts that were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery.

( Please note we will only pass from outside this cafe in high season because it is very crowded.)

Belem has a close connection to the early explorers, as Vasco da Gama spent his last night here before his epic voyage to India.
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is the extravagant monastery that was funded by the 5% tax levied on spices that flowed into Portugal. Originally designed as a modest monastery complex, the excessive trade wealth extended the construction by 50 years, to create one of the most ornate religious buildings in Portugal. It is also UNESCO world heritage site.

Another monument that adds to Belem’s reputation is the historically essential Discoveries Monument. One of the most iconic monuments of Lisbon, it was constructed to promote national self-confidence, while honoring the great Portuguese explorers.

Belem Lisbon tour also includes the delightful Torre de Belem that once stood in the center of the Tejo Estuary, to guard the city against sea bound attack, and today the little fort has become the emblem of Lisbon. For such a small defensive fortification, the Torre de Belem was constructed with intricate craftsmanship and is adorned with beautiful carved stonework.
Belem is full of charming cafés and restaurants, many of which offer outdoor terrace seating.  Please ask your guide for recommendations before your tours ends.