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Lisbon Belém Tour

A leisurely stroll through Lisbon's most historic district
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Stretched out along the riverbank just 15 minutes west of the city centre, Belém (which means Bethlehem) reflects all the... more »

Tips:  Many of Belém's top attractions offer free admission on Sundays until 2pm, including the Tower of Belém, Maritime Museum... more »

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Points of Interest

Alighting at Belém railway station from Lisbon and then heading towards the river brings you to the first point of interest on the Belém Tour – the extraordinary Electricity Museum. Housed in the Central Tejo Power Station, one of the city's architectural landmarks, the museum opened in 2006 and portrays the evolution of Lisbon's... More

2. Monument to the Discoveries

The walk continues west along the riverbank, affording fine views of the 25 April suspension bridge and Cristo Rei statue in the distance. Shaped like the prow of a Portuguese caravel, the Monument to the Discoveries looms on the other side of Doca de Belém. It was erected in 1960 to commemorate the quincentenary of the death of Prince... More

3. Tower of Belém

The pleasant riverside walk west towards the iconic Tower of Belém passes the recently-reopened Popular Art Museum on the right, which houses a rich collection of folk art and traditional costumes from Portugal's various provinces. Built in the early 16th century by Francisco de Arruda, the gleaming white Tower of Belém once stood on... More

4. Berardo Museum

Crossing the park from the Tower of Belém and turning right on the other side of the road and railway footbridge brings you to the Berardo Museum, an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art belonging to business tycoon, José Berardo. Located inside the large modern complex known as the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB... More

5. Maritime and Archaeological Museums

Crossing the road to the north side of Praça do Império brings you to two of Lisbon's most important museums. Located in the west wing of Jerónimos Monastery, the Maritime Museum depicts Portugal's seafaring exploits over the centuries with a vast collection of model ships, uniforms, navigating instruments and actual vessels. ... More

6. Jerónimos Monastery

A little further along the north side of Praça do Império brings you to Belém's star attraction, the magnificent Jerónimos Monastary. Moon-white and delicate in the sunlight, the great church is perhaps the most striking example of the Manueline architectural style. King Manuel I built it in 1502 to commemorate Vasco da... More

7. Belém Palace

The route along Rua de Belém towards Portugal's presidential palace passes one of Lisbon's most popular cafés, the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, home of the famous custard tart (known locally as the pastel de Belém). Built in 1559, the pretty pale-pink Belém Palace further along the road was once a royal residence... More

Under the intricately painted ceiling of Belém Palace's former riding school stands a collection of horse-drawn coaches fabulous enough to rival any in the world. The National Coach Museum is Portugal's top tourist attraction and the setting is every bit as impressive as the coaches themselves. The star exhibit is a royal coach that... More