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Far away from the centre, but easily accessible, downstream where the Tagus meets the sea, is the Belém neighbourhood. This is the neighbourhood from which the Portuguese explorers, who brought so much glory to Portugal, set sail to conquer a large part of the world.

Belém, view from the Monument to the Discoveries
Belém, view from the Monument to the Discoveries
Pastéis de Belém
Pastéis de Belém

In Belém there are two essential jewels of Lisbon. the Hieronymites Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and the Belém Tower (Torre de Belém.) Other points of interest are the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), the 25th April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) and the National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches).

And before going back to the centre, let’s not forget to stop along the way to try the famous freshly baked pastries in the great shop which itself is located in an old factory.

Getting to Belém

The most comfortable way to get to Belém is first going to Commerce Square. Once you’re there, take tram 15 in the Cais do Sodré station. You’ll be surprised by the number of travellers going to Belém.

While riding the tram watch out for pickpockets. This line is where the most robberies take place in Lisbon.

Getting to Belém by boat

However, the most interesting way to get to this neighbourhood, which is Lisbon’s gateway to the Atlantic, is to take a boat from the river station and enjoy one of the most amazing sights of Lisbon along the journey.


5 km to the west of the City Centre.

Closest attractions

Belém Tower (0.15 miles)
Archaeology Museum (0.52 miles)
Monument to the Discoveries (0.52 miles)
Hieronymites Monastery (0.58 miles)
National Coach Museum (0.89 miles)


Belém location