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BelemLisbon District

Padrão dos Descobrimentos showing a monument, heritage elements and a river or creek

In this Portuguese city, travel back to times of global discovery. Tour this historic launch point for explorers seeking distant riches. 

Belém district defines Lisbon as a historic gateway for voyagers beginning quests for precious goods from distant lands. Hop on trams snaking through the area or walk the black-and-white tiled sidewalks known as calçadas. Belém means Bethlehem in Portuguese.

Lisbon’s history revolves around the ocean and the Tagus River, which runs past Belém. As you wander along the riverfront, notice the 25th of April Bridge. Arrive at a towering marble monument dedicated to Portugal’s seafaring importance. The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Monument) shows the country’s principal Age of Discovery figure Dom Henrique leading notable people toward the ocean and distant shores.

Walk beyond the monument to a small castle along the riverbank. The Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) fortification defended the area from attacks by sea.

Go inland to the Jardim da Praça do Imperio (Imperial Square Garden). Admire the magnificent fountain at the center. Look across the park at the sprawling 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, one of the city’s most visited sites. The monastery was erected with funds from the lucrative spice industry.

Also near the park is El Centro Cultural de Belém, housing the Coleção Museu Berardo, one of Lisbon’s finest museums. Travel beyond this popular area toward downtown and look for the large pink building surrounded by trees, Belém Palace, the residence of the country’s presidents.

A short distance farther is the Museo Nacional dos Coches (National Museum of Cars) with a collection of carriages used by European royalty and popes. Try Portugal’s national pastry, the pastel de nata, first made at the beautifully blue-tiled Pastéis de Belém bakery. Lines can be long but the custardy tarts are worth the wait.

Any visit to Lisbon must include Belém. Take the tram to this area quite easily. Alternatively ride the bus, which is often less crowded and not as likely to have pickpockets.


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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Doca Do Bom Sucesso, Lisbon
The price is €204 per night from 4 May to 5 May

Located in Belem, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Belem Cultural Center and Berardo Collection Museum are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (325 reviews)

"The property is an ideal location as its not too far from the city but a pretty sight with the harbour. The room service was not efficient as they would forget to put towels etc but the staff were very helpful and polite. I would say its a bit pricey for the hotel in itself as I’ve stayed in hotels ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

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Palácio do Governador
Palácio do Governador
5 out of 5
Rua Bartolomeu Dias, 117, Lisbon
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €162 per night from 1 May to 2 May

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"Fantastic hotel, fantastic location, fantastic service. We will return!"…"

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Impact House Belém
Impact House Belém
2 out of 5
Estrada do forte do alto do duque 1586, Lisbon, Lisbon
The price is €30 per night from 15 Apr to 16 Apr

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Estrada Forte do Alto Duque, Lisbon, 1586, Lisbon, Portugal (+351)
The price is €36 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

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Help Yourself Hostels - Restelo
Help Yourself Hostels - Restelo
2 out of 5
R. Pedro de Sintra 17, Lisbon, Lisboa
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Reviewed on 21 Jan 2021

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Famous Crows Lisbon Suites
Famous Crows Lisbon Suites
3 out of 5
70 Rua de Belém, Lisbon
The price is €42 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

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5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

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