Belem

Lisbon District
Padrão dos Descobrimentos showing a bridge, heritage elements and a river or creek
In this Portuguese city, travel back to times of global discovery. Tour this historic launch point for explorers seeking distant riches.

Belém district defines Lisbon as a historic gateway for voyagers beginning quests for precious goods from distant lands. Hop on trams snaking through the area or walk the black-and-white tiled sidewalks known as calçadas. Belém means Bethlehem in Portuguese.

Lisbon’s history revolves around the ocean and the Tagus River, which runs past Belém. As you wander along the riverfront, notice the 25th of April Bridge. Arrive at a towering marble monument dedicated to Portugal’s seafaring importance. The Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Monument) shows the country’s principal Age of Discovery figure Dom Henrique leading notable people toward the ocean and distant shores.

Walk beyond the monument to a small castle along the riverbank. The Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) fortification defended the area from attacks by sea.

Go inland to the Jardim da Praça do Imperio (Imperial Square Garden). Admire the magnificent fountain at the center. Look across the park at the sprawling 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, one of the city’s most visited sites. The monastery was erected with funds from the lucrative spice industry.

Also near the park is El Centro Cultural de Belém, housing the Coleção Museu Berardo, one of Lisbon’s finest museums. Travel beyond this popular area toward downtown and look for the large pink building surrounded by trees, Belém Palace, the residence of the country’s presidents.

A short distance farther is the Museo Nacional dos Coches (National Museum of Cars) with a collection of carriages used by European royalty and popes. Try Portugal’s national pastry, the pastel de nata, first made at the beautifully blue-tiled Pastéis de Belém bakery. Lines can be long but the custardy tarts are worth the wait.

Any visit to Lisbon must include Belém. Take the tram to this area quite easily. Alternatively ride the bus, which is often less crowded and not as likely to have pickpockets.


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Famous Crows Lisbon Suites
Famous Crows Lisbon Suites
3 out of 5
70 Rua de Belém, Lisbon, 1300-085
The price is Rs5,058 per night from 30 Jul to 31 Jul
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Lisbon. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Jerónimos Monastery and Rossio Square are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"The property was clean, Spacious and just as advertised!"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2022

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Palácio do Governador
Palácio do Governador
5 out of 5
Rua Bartolomeu Dias, 117, Lisbon, 1400-030
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs13,137 per night from 13 Jul to 14 Jul
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (315 reviews)
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Reviewed on 11 May 2022

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Pensão Setubalense
Pensão Setubalense
2 out of 5
Rua de Belem, 28, Lisbon, 1300-084
The price is Rs6,303 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
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4.2/5 Very Good! (258 reviews)
"The best thing about this property was the location. It was walking distance to most places we wanted to visit and great places to eat right there within minutes."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2022

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Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Doca Do Bom Sucesso, Lisbon, 1400-038
The price is Rs26,612 per night from 19 Jul to 20 Jul
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (339 reviews)
"This Hotel has some of the best service I have seen. The staff at the front desk and the restaurant go out of their way to make your stay comfortable."

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2022

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Help Yourself Hostels - Restelo
Help Yourself Hostels - Restelo
2 out of 5
R. Pedro de Sintra 17, Lisbon, Lisboa, 1400-277
The price is Rs7,341 per night from 12 Jul to 13 Jul
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4.2/5 Excellent! (19 reviews)
"Good"

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Hotel Jerónimos 8
Hotel Jerónimos 8
4 out of 5
Rua Jeronimos, 8, Lisbon, 1400-211
The price is Rs8,559 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
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4.3/5 Excellent! (375 reviews)
"Excellent service. Great location. Didn't give it a 5 stars because the AC would not cool down enough but it wasn't bad either."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2022

Hotel Jerónimos 8
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