Belém compiles some of the most important and renowned tourist monuments in Lisbon and the country. Therefore, it’s one of those areas that no one can skip when coming to Lisbon.
It is one of the most antique neighborhoods in the city, being one of the scarce areas that remained practically intact after Lisbon’s terrible earthquake in 1755. Although nowadays it is a mix of antiquity and modernity, with all the new restaurants, cafes, shops and museums that continue to flourish.
Belém is now super-rich with things to do and see, being a busy area during the day and quite calm during the night, having an incredible residential quality of life.
It is the southwestern neighborhood in Lisbon, but at the same time not very far from the city center, and it links important geographic areas like Lisbon’s municipality to its South Margin and to the Cascais beachline. It is a perfectly connected area, full of transports like the train, bus or tram and close to important highways and the 25 de Abril bridge.
What to see/visit:
- Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém
- Belém Tower
- Jerónimos Monastery
- Monument to the Discoveries
- Tropical Botanical Garden
- Belém Cultural Center
- MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
- National Coach Museum
- Memory Church
- Electricity Museum
- LX Factory
Living and breathing in the margins of the imponent Tagus River, this is a huge part of Belém’s essence: a neighborhood facing the river, with mesmerizing views to Almada and its Cristo Rei. Also, the historic docks and harbor, from where renowned explorers once took off to the Portuguese expeditions, are now a place to have a meal, drink a coffee or go out at night.
The amazing thing in Belém is that you can enjoy its modernity and all it has to offer while feeling its historic past at the same time.