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.
It might be the custard tarts (pastéis de nata, to be exact) that lure visitors to this laidback neighbourhood on the Tagus, but the best things to do in Belém stretch way beyond delicious snacks. Sure, there are plenty of them too, but look closer, and you’ll find no shortage of excitement here.
From Lisbon’s most historic landmarks to some of the best restaurants in the city, Belém could be considered the capital in miniature. Charge up the phone, get the camera ready, and prepare the stomach for a seriously delicious day. These are the best things to do in Belém right now.