The area of Belém in Lisbon is one of the most important and most beautiful. If you’re looking for what to do in Belém in Lisbon, here’s a list of what to do in Lisbon in Belem, an amazing and historical area of Lisbon.
The first suggestion of what to do in Belém in Lisbon I’m giving you is something you might have heard of but is definitely a must: the Jerónimos Monastery. Built with the gold collected from the Discoveries, it is an amazing monument constructed under a unique architectural style only found in Portugal. I always recommend visiting not just the church but the cloisters as well. It’s one of my favorite parts of our Belém tour, which you can learn more about here.
Our fourth tip of what to do in Belém in Lisbon is to visit the Berardo Museum at the CCB. The Berardo Collection hosts works of art from Andy Warhol to famous Portuguese artists such as Paula Rêgo and Joana Vasconcelos. It is a private collection in display at the Cultural Center of Belém, fruit of an agreement between its owner (Berardo) and the Portuguese government. It is one of the few museums in Lisbon with free admission as Berardo wanted to give access to modern art for all Portuguese. This agreement is being renegotiated in 2016, so step in to visit it while you still can.
Lunch at Darwin
One suggestion few people will give you about what to do in Belém in Lisbon s to have a meal at Darwin. Darwin is the restaurant located at the Champalimaud Ceter for the Unknown, a research center that hosts international teams working in neurosciences and biology. Even though it’s a working place, the building itself is a fine example of modern architecture and Darwin has a balcony overlooking the Tagus river. A perfect setting for a perfect meal.
If you’re wondering what to visit in Belém in Lisbon, the iconic Tower of Belém (an international symbol of the city) is one of the monuments to visit. Having been built as a defense tower, it is now a world-famous landmark that reflects the deeps history of Portugal and the delicate work of its decoration.
Pastéis de Belém
Finally, the last thing to do in Belém area in Lisbon is to try the renowned pastéis de Belém. These small custard tarts are the original recipe of the pasteis de nata you can find all over the city. Served warm, straight out of the oven every minute of every day, you can’t say you’ve experienced Lisbon until you’ve tried one (or two) of these. Join us for our Belém tour to find out where to get them.
See you in Belém!