One of Lisbon’s most recognisable landmarks, the Tower of Belém was built in 1520 as part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river, and is now an architectural icon of King Manuel I’s reign. It achieved the status of UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and was voted one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders in 2007. Close to it, don’t miss the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, representing 33 historical figures involved in the Portuguese discoveries. The monument was erected in the 1940s, during the Estado Novo dictatorship.
Don't just go there for the custard tarts (pastéis de nata) - but definitely try the custard tarts! Belém is almost an epicenter of museums, which deserve to be visited before or after a beautiful meal in the best restaurants in the area. Just follow our suggestions for the best things to do in Belém and you won't miss out on anything.
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