If exploring Belem District is on your list to do while in the city of Lisbon, then a whole day would be ideal.
The reason being that this part of Lisbon is full of the iconic landmarks and historical sights that are worth exploring. The following list includes the best highlights to experience while in Belem for a day:
1 ✦ Tower of Belem
The Tower of Belem is located approximately 3kilometres from the city center of the Portuguese capital.
Originally, the tower guarded the entrance to Lisbon harbor. Today, it serves as a symbol of Portugal and it is also listed on the World Heritage Sites.
The exterior walls of the Belém Tower are really beautiful. In addition, the views from the top of the tower are not to be missed. Just keep in mind that the queue can be a little bit longer and the area can be crowded. Thus, ensure that you get there early.
2 ✦ Jeronimos Monastery
The building is gigantic and has breathtaking architecture.
Inside the monastery is very impressive. You can also visit the part of the monastery which is free of charge where you will be able to see the tomb of Vasco Da Gama.
There is a lot of information and impressive exhibits displayed which all links to the history of the country.
If you are interested in religious attractions, then this is a place for you to visit.
3 ✦ Monument to Discoveries
Just like the Atomium in Brussels, the Monument to Discoveries was originally built for a world fair that was hosted in Lisbon in the 1940s.
It is a beautiful monument that is located on the bank of the Tagus River. The monument is dedicated to the Portuguese explorers who deserved all the recognition for their great work.
This is not far from the Jeronimos Monastery and you can choose to take the steps or use the elevator to go the top for the views.
All the views are very scenic especially while facing the Tower of Belem.
4 ✦ Centro Cultural de Belem
This is the largest cultural center in Portugal.
There are several establishments that are located inside this cultural center. These include the Berardo Museum, restaurants and cafes.
The purpose and the amenities in this center are all to satisfactory. In addition, the arts encompassed within this extensive space is something you can not miss out while in Belem.
Take your time and visit the Berardi Museum which is great and it has a wide range of contemporary art.
Last but not least, the exterior of this center is also nice and the garden overlooking the waterfront is impressive.
5 ✦ Maritime Museum in Belem
This is a navy museum that is located in the Jeronimos Monastery. It is dedicated to offer and showcase the history of navigation in Portugal.
Portugal as a country is well known in the world’s history to have had the best world leaders in maritime exploration. Some of these leaders were Christopher Columbus and Vasco Da Gama, just to mention but a few.
The museum has permanent exhibitions. Available also is the information on the evolution of the ships from the medieval to the 20th century.
6 ✦ Museum of the Presidency of the Republic of Belem
This is a small but interesting museum.
It is located next to the pink Belem Palace which is Portugal’s presidential residence. The museum is within a walking distance from other Belem’s major tourist attractions.
There are galleries of all the presidents with short videos and bios. It also showcases all the gifts that each president ever received from other countries to Portugal.
✦ Tips on How To Enjoy Belem
- Take a Tagus River Cruise in Belem in Lisbon
- Use a tram to Lisbon or hop on and off the bus
- Explore Belem on foot which is so easy
Remember to Stay Positive!
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