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Walking Tour of Belém in Lisbon

Explore this delightful district that combines historic monuments and a fascinating local culture

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Private Tour Base price for 2 people ( ages 12 and over )

The Age of Discovery In Lisbon: Private Walking tour of Belém

Join us for a walking tour of Belém, the district in Lisbon that played a significant role in the Age of Discovery. Here, you will find a perfect blend of historical landmarks, captivating museums, and immaculate parks. The district is situated along the cool waters of the Tejo estuary, making for a lovely backdrop.

Discover the history of the iconic Café Pasteis de Belém, where Catholic monks from the Jerónimos Monastery created the famous egg tarts that date back to the pre-18th century. ( Please note that during high season, we will only pass by the café from outside due to its overwhelming crowds.)

The extravagant Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a monastery funded by the 5% tax levied on spices exported to Portugal, is another landmark that adds to Belém’s reputation. Originally designed to be a modest monastery, excessive trade wealth extended its construction by 50 years, ultimately creating one of the most ornate religious buildings in Portugal. It’s no surprise that it is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

The historically significant Discoveries Monument is another landmark that commemorates the great Portuguese explorers and promotes national pride. It’s an iconic monument of Lisbon that showcases figures such as Vasco da Gama, who spent his last night in Belém before embarking on his epic journey to India.

Explore the charming Torre de Belém, a small defensive fortification that once stood at the center of the Tejo Estuary, guarding the city against sea-bound attacks. The Torre de Belém was constructed with intricate craftsmanship and adorned with beautifully carved stonework. Today, it remains an emblem of Lisbon.

Belém is also home to numerous charming cafés and restaurants, many of which offer outdoor terrace seating. Before the end of your tour, please feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on where to dine.