What to Do in the Belém Neighborhood of Lisbon, Portugal

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Belém is a beautiful district inside Lisbon, about a 20-minute train ride west of the city center. You can easily catch the local train from Cais do Sodré if you want to visit. The district’s name is derived from the word “Bethlehem” and it dates back many centuries! Belém contains several cultural attractions for both history buffs and contemporary art fans and is certainly worth a quick trip on your visit to Lisbon.

When you visit Belém, be sure to see:

Tower of Belém

Perhaps the most famous landmark in Belém, this medieval tower is stunning to see in person and offers fantastic views over Portugal. It is a historical fortress that also holds UNESCO World Heritage status, it is a symbol of Lisbon’s Age of Discovery.

Below find some lovely photos of my trip to Belém!

Pasteis de Belem

These egg tart pastries are a must-try local delicacy. This famous pastry shop began making the famous pastel de nata pastry in 1837!

Pasteis de Belém Entrance, Lisbon, Portugal
Cappuccino and Pastel de Nata, Pasteis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Pastel de Nata, Pasteis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Pastel de Nata, Pasteis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Pastel de Nata, Pasteis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Pasteis de Belém Tile Wall, Lisbon, Portugal
Pasteis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery

The Jerónimos Monastery façade is so beautiful to see! This UNESCO World Heritage site is a stunning example of Manueline architecture. This 16th century monastery houses a maritime museum and archaeology museum.

Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Berardo Collection

This Portuguese private art collection features pop art, minimal art, and abstract expressionism art by well-known artists

Berardo Collection Entrance, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Berardo Collection Entrance, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Berardo Art Collection, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Berardo Collection, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Berardo Collection, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Frank Stella, Berardo Art Collection, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Frank Stella
Berardo Art Collection, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Visit the Monument to the Discoveries

This monument celebrates Portugal’s Age of Discovery and offers an impressive view of the surrounding area.

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

This is an interesting modern museum focusing on contemporary art and technology.

Walk around Belem

Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Have you been to Belém? What were your favorite places to visit?


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