Belem Walking Tour, Lisbon

Known as Santa Maria de Belém, Belem is a district of Lisbon located not far from the city center. It became famous as the departure point for renowned Portuguese explorers. It was here that Vasco da Gama set off for India. This small district has a lot of fascinating historic and cultural landmarks. Some of them, such as Torre de Belém, are iconic. Take this tour and enjoy Belem at its best.
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Belem Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Belem Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: ann
Forte do Bom Sucesso

1) Forte do Bom Sucesso

The Forte do Bom Sucesso is a fort that was once used to defend the city of Lisbon from enemies. It is located near the Tower of Belem and houses a small military museum and monument to Portuguese soldiers who served overseas.

The Forte do Bom Sucesso was constructed under the directions of General William of Velleree as a defense post and completed in 1782. The fort has been fitted with different types of artillery to strengthen its defense capabilities since its establishment. The ground...   view more
Belém Tower

2) Belém Tower (must see)

Belém Tower or the "Tower of St Vincent" is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

The tower was built in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Folk Arts

3) Museum of Folk Arts

The Museum of Folk Arts displays arts and crafts made by artisans from different parts of Portugal. It has a large collection of folk art that was displayed at the Portuguese Popular Art Exhibition held in Geneva in 1935.

The Museum of Folk Arts opened for public viewing in 1948 displaying collection of art exhibits made in different provinces of Portugal. Many of the crafts have stood the test of time and the crafts have been handed down from generation to generation for over a hundred...   view more
Monument to the Discoveries

4) Monument to the Discoveries (must see)

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) is a monument that celebrates the Portuguese who took part in the Age of Discovery, or the Age of Exploration, of the 15th and 16th centuries. It is located on the estuary of the Tagus river in the Belém parish of Lisbon, where from ships once departed to the frequently unknown destinations.

The monument consists of a 52-meter-high slab of concrete carved into the shape of the prow of a ship. The side that faces away from the river...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Belém Cultural Center

5) Belém Cultural Center (must see)

Located in front of the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, the Belem Cultural Center is the largest building with facilities for events and cultural purposes in the country. It was built to accommodate the offices of the European Union when Portugal assumed presidency in 1992.

The Belem Cultural Center building was commissioned by the State Agency for Culture in 1988 and was completed in 1993. It was designed by Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti and Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado. The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Berardo Collection Museum

6) Berardo Collection Museum (must see)

Over 500 artists from the 20th and 21st centuries are represented in this impressive repository of modern art. The permanent exhibits at The Berardo Museum are the collection by Portuguese millionaire, Jose Berardo, one of the biggest and richest Portuguese entrepreneurs and an avid art collector.

The museum is located at the Exhibition Center of the Centro Cultural de Belém and was inaugurated on June 25, 2007. Its present collection comprises over 1000 works of art on permanent display...   view more
Navy Museum

7) Navy Museum (must see)

This museum is dedicated to the maritime history of the best-known seafaring nation in the world. Portuguese seafarers not only discovered trade routes but were also the authors of the earliest form of globalization through world trade. It is a repository of the types of ships and boats developed by the Portuguese to help them make the historic voyages for which they were well known.

The Navy Museum of Lisbon is located in part of the Jeronimos Monastery. It is the most visited among...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Archaeology Museum

8) National Archaeology Museum (must see)

The National Museum of Archaeology (Portuguese: Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) is the largest Archaeological museum in Portugal and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient art found in the Iberian Peninsula. Founded in 1893 by the archaeologist José Leite de Vasconcelos, the museum is located in the western wing of the Jeronimos Monastery where the monks had their dormitory. The museum is built in the neo-manueline style and was officially opened in 1906.

The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jerónimos Monastery

9) Jerónimos Monastery (must see)

The Jerónimos Monastery was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s historic voyage to India and remains a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth in the Age of Discovery. It was declared a World Heritage Monument by the UNESCO in 1983.

The monastery was built on the site of an old church where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent time in prayer before embarking on their historic voyage. It was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the success of the voyage and as a fitting tribute to the historic...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ultramar Garden

10) Ultramar Garden

Also known as the Overseas Agricultural Tropical Garden, Jardim do Ultramar is a pleasant park with lakes, waterfowl and peacocks that attracts surprisingly few visitors. It was established in the early twentieth century (January 25, 1906) by King Charles I as the research center of the Tropical Institute of Sciences. The focus of the garden is on trees and rare plants from the tropical and subtropical regions, many of which are endangered. Among the most interesting species here are the dragon...   view more
Antiga Casa dos Pastéis de Belém

11) Antiga Casa dos Pastéis de Belém

It is believed that pastéis de nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, in Lisbon: for this reason, they are alternately known as Pastéis de Belém. During Portuguese medieval history, the convents and monasteries of Portugal produced large quantities of eggs, whose egg-whites were in demand for starching of clothes (such as nuns' habits) and also in wineries (where they were used in the clearing...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Coach Museum

12) National Coach Museum (must see)

The National Coach Museum (Portuguese: Museu Nacional dos Coches) has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the city.

The museum was created in 1905 by Queen Amélia to house an extensive collection of carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family and nobility. The collection gives a full picture of the development of carriages from the late 16th through the 19th centuries, with carriages made in Italy, Portugal,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

13) Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

Located in the Belém district, MAAT is the youngest museum of Lisbon and the one dedicated to the contemporary art. It combines Art, Architecture and Technology in a single space inviting for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international...   view more

Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lisbon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, whose name derives from the Arabic “Al-hamma” and means "hot fountains" or "baths". The district is a home to numerous historic attractions, including former royal residence - the medieval São Jorge (Saint George) Castle, as well as numerous churches, of which the most prominent is Lisbon Cathedral, oldest in the city, and the Santa Engrácia Church, nowadays converted into a National Pantheon for important Portuguese personalities. There are just as many Fado bars and restaurants in Alfama, as well. Whether you're culturally-motivated, or simply looking for fun, there's plenty of entertainment awaiting you in this part of the Portuguese capital!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Amoreiras Walking Tour

Amoreiras Walking Tour

Amoreiras is a modern comfortable and beautiful Lisbon District, located in the north-western part of the city. Take this tour to walk along the Rue das Amoreiras and enjoy the bairro sites and attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Central Lisbon Nightlife

Central Lisbon Nightlife

Lisbon is a great place for partying and is one of Europe's best clubbing cities. You can choose from the eighties hip-hop to hard rock, from dancing to house or to the tunes of a live band. The usual practice in Lisbon is to go pub hopping, have a fulfilling dinner and then move on to the dance floor. The club scene really starts around 2 am and continues until dawn. This guide introduces you to some of the best dancing clubs in Central Lisbon.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Lisbon is renowned for its architectural splendor presented in many of the old and modern buildings, as well as recognized cultural heritage carefully preserved in museums and art galleries. This tour will help you explore three most centrally located districts of Lisbon: Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto. These “bairros” or neighborhoods carry great historical, cultural and social significance and are the best places to see the Lisbon life in vivo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

As expected of any European capital city with a rich history, Lisbon has numerous museums. They offer excellent insight into the past and have a rich collection of art: sculpture and paintings. Among the many popular museums and galleries in Lisbon, some are quite unique and not to be missed. Take this tour to visit the most important museums in Lisbon.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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