Belém Travel Guide

  • Looking out towards Torre de Belem
    Looking out towards Torre de Belem
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  • Looking out towards Jeronimos Monastery
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Belém Highlights

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     Monuments, Museums, Amazing Landscapes, Pastry ... 

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     The major divided highway along the riverfront cuts it in half 

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     Enjoy the Portugal history 

Belém Things to Do

  • The Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery

    Jeronimos Monastery (or Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) truly is a work of art. One of the few surviving examples of Manueline architecture, the monastery was built in 1502 on the spot where Vasco da Gama and his crewmen stayed before embarking for India. In 1983, the monastery unsurprisingly became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The monastery cloister is an...

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  • Monument to the Discoveries viewing...

    The highlight of my visit to Belem in March 2011 was taking in the breathtaking views from the viewing platform on top of the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos). So much so, that when I returned to Belem again in December 2011 (this time with my girlfriend and her parents in tow) a return visit to the top of the monument was my...

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  • Belem for a few hours.

    After enjoying Lisbon take a bus, train or quaint yellow tram to Belem just outside the city. Bring you camera for photos of the Discoveries Monument, Tower of Belem, etc. Visit the Coach Museum or the Jeronimos Monastery.

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Belém Restaurants

  • Pasteis de Belem - famous custard tarts!

    I visited Antiga Confeitaria de Belem on both of my visits to Belem in March and December 2011.It's fair to say that this pastry shop/cafe, dating back as far as 1837, is something of an institution. You only have to look at the length of the queues at the entrance to see that! Most of those in the lengthy queue are there to sample their famous...

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  • Specialized Baked Goodies

    If you leave Belem without ever going to this place, you haven't seen Belem. The specialty of the house has been made famous over the years, and the crowds outside in line will testify to the fact that there is just something great about what they make.After you get inside you will be amazed at the crowd of people in the various large rooms. You...

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  • Famous pasteries / Pastel de Belem

    Open 7 days a week1 november - 30 april 8.00 - 23.00 sunday to 22.001st may - 31 oktober all days 8.00 - 24.00 Custards Tarts you can buy 6 in a box.i guess i did something wrong as i didnot get in the right line.i only wanted a box of Pastries or so and saw another line but i think that was for a touringbus as there were only asian people and a...

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Belém Nightlife

  • Leisurely evening

    My friend and I stayed in Belem until about 9:30pm on a Sunday evening. We felt entirely safe, there were many others, including families, still walking around.My recommendation:After a long day in Belem, go to the gardens at the Centro Cultural de Belem, have a snack or drink at the cafe, and take some sunset photos from the garden (outside the...

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  • cultural

    cultural events almost everyday.a modern and handsom audytorium where music and dancing shows take place and from around the world companies.

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Belém Transportation

  • Belém by train

    Belém is one of the stops of the Lissabon (Cais do Sodré) to Cascais rail road.Only slow trains stops at this station; so pick the right train before you board.You must buy a ticket before boarding.There are many tickets for sale. The most simple form is the one just for the train ride. They come in single journey tickets up to rechargable...

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  • To Belem by train

    Belem's small train station can be found on the Cascais Line that runs between Lisbon's Cais de Sodre train station and Cascais train station. This line is very scenic and many of Belem's attractions (including the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Monument to the Discoveries) can be seen from the train.When travelling on this line, you should be...

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  • Sightseeing bus

    The Lissabon sightessing bus also services the Belém attractions. It's hop-on, hop-off, so you can combine and plan your visits to your liking.In summer the bus rides between 9AM and 6PM; in winter between 10AM and 5PM.One day ticket: Euro 15 (adult).

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  • my favorite dessert

    so croquant, hmmmmdeliciousssss Een niet te missen culinair aspect van Lissabon zijn de wereldberoemde Pastéis de Belém. Pastéis de Belém zijn kleine, romige pasteitjes bestrooid met poedersuiker en kaneel. Deze pastelaria bestaat reeds sind 1837 en hier volgt de geschiedenis ervan :The Taste of TraditionAt the beginning of the Nineteenth Century,...

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  • Photoshop

    My memory stick was getting full to fast so i searched for a Photoshop.from jerominos Monastery follow the road to the west it is aside of the Belem cultural centre Burn your memory stick on a Cd.He has also all kind of stuff for your camera and new camerasBurning on a CD was 6 euros i think maybe 5 and took 10 minutes

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  • Souvenirs

    You can find several souvenirs tents around the place, selling postcards, and some objects about Belem, Lisbon and Portugal.You have to be careful because some things are on the floor and you can break them.I took this pic from the top of the Monument to the Discoveries, but you can see them.

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Belém Local Customs

  • Pastéis de Nata / Pastéis de Belém

    You will find these little custard tarts, Pastéis de Nata (singular, Pastel), sold all over Lisbon, and indeed all over Portugal. Although the quality varies from one establishment to another, on the whole they are really delicious (as the scales indicated when I returned from my trip!) Despite their prevalence, their real “home” is here in Belém,...

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  • Pasteis de Belem

    Well worth trying are the tasty Pasteis de Belem, a custard-cream tart, very popular in Lisbon and on sale in all the bakeries. These sweets originated in the Jerónimos Monastery in Belem in the 19th century and have been popular in Lisbon and Belem ever since.

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  • Best served warm

    The most famous pasteis are the ones found in Belem just outside Lisbon.The beautiful custard tarts are best served warm, sprinkled with a blanket of powdered sugar and a just a little bit of cinnamon.

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Belém Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of hawkers!

    As at many tourist sights, there are always people around who are trying to make a quick buck out of visitors. The areas around the Discoveries Monument and Jeronimos Monastery in Belem are no exceptions. I was stopped and asked numerous times if I wanted to buy cheap sunglasses. They were even stopping and asking people who were wearing...

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  • stepping up the tower of Belem-tower

    The stairs that will take you to the top-platform of Belem-tower are just about half a meter wide and all tourists, stepping up or down will take the same spiral staircase and so they will have to manage somehow not to slip down when going at the inside part of the stairs. At least there is a side-part at a few places, where you could stand and...

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  • the prison in Belem-tower

    The former prison in Belem-tower is worth seeing, BUT the hight of these rooms is less than 1,7 meters and the doors between them are even less that that, so be extra carefull, when steping down these vaults. It seemes that the size of the prison-cells and their low ceiling was part of the punishment.

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Belém Tourist Traps

  • Lisboa Card - Dont fall into the trap!

    I have very recently returned from Lisbon and unless you are planning on 'power' touring you won't save any money with this card. It grants you free transport which is where you may think you will save money, however if you visit any metro station you can purchase 24hr passes to all transport (busses, trams, metros) for 3 euro 95 and you can use...

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  • Lisboa Card

    We bought the Lisboa Card, but did not find it a good value. With two parents and two kids (8 and 5) you usually got family admission into museums which was everybody for the price of one adult. We did not find it worth it for a family of four, and would have done better just buying the all day transportation card.

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  • Pastéis de Bélem

    I can't help it, but visiting this pasteleria (which is already in Bélem since 1837) gave me the impression that it was kind of a tourist trap.It is certainly a nice place to visit, the rooms are beautiful decorated with azulejos and the pastries are more then just delicious.But the place is so crowded, waiters are always in a hurry and have almost...

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Belém What to Pack

  • Open Spaces & Long Walks!

    Belem has many interesting things to see - historical monuments, an impressive monastery & a natural harbour on the banks of the River Tagus to name but a few.One thing you will find, is that these attractions are B I G! This means that it can be a long walk between them - so wear comfortable walking shoes!The large paved area in my pic is...

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  • As always . . .

    If you visit in the winter, make sure you have a raincoat. It rained off and on the whole day we were there. Make sure you have plenty of film and all the necessary camera gear. Belém is Lisbon's most photogenic area and you'll want to capture all of the impressive sights. This is a shot of my friend Pav just after loading his camera on the...

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Belém Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a walk uphill for traditional...

    After I visited the Coach Museum in Belem, I took a walk up the road next to the museum (Calcada da Ajuda) to have a look around a less touristy part of town. It was quite steep and very warm but there were some lovely traditional Portuguese houses adorned with different styles and colours of the symmetrical tiling known in Portuguese as...

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  • Pink palace guards

    I did like the way the Palácio Nacional de Belém (the presidential palace) was so very, very pink. It is much oler than it might seem.......orginally uilt in the 16th century, with various additions in the 17th, 18th and 19th.Since 1912, when Portugal became a republic, the various presidents have used it as their base.I was also intrigued by the...

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  • the 1st floor of Museu National dos...

    Dont miss to step up to the 1st floor of Museu National dos Coches, the museum of the royal carriages, because there you will have first of all find an interesting view-point for the total museum, a great place to take your photographs and like on my last picture youz will see that most carriages are also decorated on the top. Besides of this you...

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Belém Sports & Outdoors

  • first football pitch

    right in the midle of EURO 2004 a football tip. salesias is the name of the place and it is said to be, the first pitch with grass in portugal where great games took place in the 20´s and 30´s. we have to take it for granted.

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  • belenenses

    the most known football club in belem is belenenses. very popular one in lisbon , thou' it cames third place in number of supporters behind BENFICA and sporting main clubs with millions of supporters thru out Portugal. written on the bench of the picture, "here was born c. f. "os belenenses. curious but accurat i guess.

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  • Football (soccer)

    In Belem you have the football team Belenenses. They play on the first league of the Portuguese championship.So, if you enjoy watching a football game, their field is not far from the Monastery of Jeronimos, you can see it on my pic.

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  • Manueline architecture

    The Manueline style of architecture is unique to Portugal, but equates approximately to the late Gothic period in other countries (1490 to 1520). It is named after King Manuel I, whose reign coincided with its development. Two of its greatest triumphs can be found here in Belém: the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Belém Tower. The construction of...

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  • square

    a handsom and well attendant garden with all those magnificent monuments surrounding it. a wonderfull feature of belem paths. when you feel tired of yur visit and if you want to have a good rest try and seat for a while on a bench and apreciate the view... There are a good number of old statues of the "Ocean's Horses" in the vicinity of the...

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  • pasteis de

    if yu had already seen a belem page here on VT, of course, pasteis de belem tip, is something that yu are aware of.so nothing is to much to advice yu about this "eatable" belem icon. very tasty and yummy. just try it. no words to describe it.

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Coach Museum
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View the Sailor's Monument
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Tomb of Vasco da Gama
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Jerónimos Monastery
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Walk To Tower Of Belem
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Afonso de Albuquerque Statue
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Museu de Marinha
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Interior of Jeronimos Monastery
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Views from the Discoveries Monument
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The Discoveries Monument-Exterior
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Museu dos Coches
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos --- Igreja de Santa Maria
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos --- Cloister
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Tomb of Vasco da Gama
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Antiga Confeitaria de Belem
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World Map
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Monument of the Discoverers
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
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Praça do Império
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By Train
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Museu dos Coches
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Jeronimos Monastery
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – the church
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – the cloisters
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Torre de Belém
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Jeronimos Church
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Jeronimos Monastery
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Coaches Museum
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Ajuda Palace
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Torre de Belem / Belem Tower
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Museu de Arqueologia / museum of Archeology
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Museu National dos Coches
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Museu National dos Coches / the Papal Carriages
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UNESCO World Heritage site: Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
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a little morbidity in Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
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Torre de Belém
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