Things to know
Suitable for:Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs
Private Tour:You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
- Skip the line tickets for the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower
- Tram tickets to and from Belem
Type of tour:Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: At Praça Do Comercio (Commerce Square), in front of the Metro subway of the station Terreiro do Paço (in front of the Lisboa Story Centre)
What makes this tour special
Visit Belém to see some of Lisbon’s most famous delights, from UNESCO World Heritage-listed towers and monasteries to monuments, museums and famous custard tarts.
- Visit the 17th century Belém Palace, home to the Portuguese monarchy for centuries
- See the UNESCO-listed Torre de Belém, a seafront tower
- Tour the Gothic Jerónimos Monastery for grand Manueline architecture
- Marvel at the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument
- Explore cultural treasures at the National Carriages and Maritime Museums
- Try a delicious Pastel de Belém, Portugal’s famous custard tart
Set on the waterfront, beautiful Belém is symbolic of Lisbon’s seafaring past, once home to Lisbon’s shipyards and docks. It was from here that 15th-century voyages launched, blazing a trail of discovery across oceans to India, East Africa and Brazil. Discover Belém with an expert local guide on this four-hour tour, which takes in the area’s most historic landmarks.
Golden Age of Discovery
Belém is the perfect place to learn about Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery, where the 15th-century explorers set sail to discover new worlds. Today their voyages are commemorated by the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument. These discoveries gave rise to incredible wealth from Portugal’s new colonies, which funded Belém’s grand buildings, parks and leafy plazas. Take in views of the 17th century Belém Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family for centuries and a prime example of English Baroque design.
Belém is famed for its remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 16th century Torre de Belém, a thin, stone tower which has become one of Portugal’s most photographed monuments. The gothic Jerónimos Monastery also claims UNESCO credentials, with its stunning Manueline architecture. To delve deeper into Belém’s history, you’ll spend some time perusing the Maritime Museum and Cultural Center of Belém as well as the National Carriages Museum, which boasts the biggest collection of royal carriages in the world.
Portuguese Sweet Treats
After your fill of Portuguese history, you can unwind by tasting a Pastel de Nata, the traditional Portuguese custard tart. These originated in Belém and have been sold on the steps of Jerónimos Monastery by the same bakery since 1837. Enjoy one of these delicious, iconic Portuguese treats for a small extra cost, while savouring the views of Belém’s beautiful monuments.
No visit to Lisbon would be complete without visiting Belém and this compact tour is the perfect way to get to grips with this historic neighbourhood and its ornate landmarks.