Belem is another neighborhood in Lisbon, although it was formerly a city that was born from the settlement on the beach of Restelo from where multiple expeditions and discoverers, like Vasco da Gama, started their journeys of exploration. This is a recommended place to spend an afternoon, snacking in its famous pastry shop, walking through its gardens and the harbour while visiting the monument dedicated to the discoverers and its emblem, the tower of Belem. It is also a “must” visit the Jeronimos Monastery.
15. Pasteis de Belem R. Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa +351 21 363 7423 www.pasteisdebelem.pt
This is something similar the Moe´s Flaming of the Simpsons, you can find in every pastry shop of Portugal but the original ones were born here.
For sure you will find a very long queue when you arrive. Don´t panic!!! This queue is only to take away. Enter and find a table, maybe it will take you 5 minutes of waiting for a available table. There are 4 saloons inside the pastry shope, the last one is the biggest.
I do not recommend you to buy for take away because the flavour is not the same at all. Pasteis do Belem are made to eat in the same day, better just 2-3 hours after being made.
Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top of them and eat! Do not forget to eat them with a great coffee …. (pingado is in the picture)
16. Monasteiro dos Jerónimos www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
Free entrace the first Sundays of each month, also for accredited people such as teachers, unemployed from EU, its regular price is 10,00€ although you can buy combined tickets.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos / Torre de Belém: 12 €
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos + Torre de Belém + Museu Nacional de Arqueologia: 16 €
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos + Museu Nacional de Arqueologia: 12 €
Cais da História: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos + Torre de Belém + Museu Naciona de Arqueologia + Museu de Arte Popular + Museu Nacional de Etnologia + Museu dos Coches: 25 €
17. Belem Tower
No doubt it´s the most famous monument of Belem and one of the most in Lisbon. World Heritage and with a Manueline style, this tower was built in 1516, and was initially a defense of the city, then went on to become a prison, a lighthouse and finally as a tax collection center to enter the city.
Fun fact: on the outer West part of the tower there is a rhinoceros, as a memory of a gift of the governor of the Portuguese India, Don Afonso de Albuquerque to the king Manuel I
18. Monument of the discoverers
Known as the Padrao dos decubrimientos, this monument was built in 1960 as a tribute to Enrique the Navigator although 33 figures of the golden age of Portugal are represented, among which we can highlight: Luis de Camoes, Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias (discoverer of the Cape of Good Hope) and Afonso de Albuquerque.
19. National Carriage Museum
Museum located in Belem, it is only advisable to visit it if you have enough time or if you are in love with these majestic carriages.