A Day in Belem

Belem was easily my favourite place in Lisbon. You can sit by the water and sip drinks while lazily watching boats go by. You can visit gorgeous historic buildings. There’s even a type of pastry specifically named after this area. What’s not to love?

The Mosteiro Jeronimos is the biggest sight in this part of town.  You can wander through the monastery on your own or with an audio guide. The architecture is beautiful and the stones are intricately carved. You won’t be disappointed.  A combination ticket is available for discounts on various other sights in Belem, we bought one that included tickets to the Tower of Belem as well.

We needed a snack after visiting the tower, the obvious choice was the famous Pastéis de Belem. It’s a custard pastry, supposedly the original, based on an ancient recipe. There may be a line, but it moves quickly and is worth the slight wait.

Our next stop was the free art museum, Museu Berardo.  It’s modern art, but it’s an impressive collection, worth wandering through.

There are lots of excellent restaurants in Belem, many of them with excellent views of the water as well. We stopped for sandwiches on the waterfront, and soaked in the excellent views, along with some tasty shandy.

Replenished, we headed to the Tower of Belem. It’s interesting to look at, but it’s probably just as interesting from the outside as it is to go in it.  There isn’t much in the way of exhibits, and you’ll spend most of your time in the tower waiting in line to climb it, then waiting in line to get down. The views from the top are good, but if you don’t have time to go inside, I wouldn’t worry about it.

We finished our day in Belem with sangria on the water, and a (long) stroll back to the city.

Suitcases and Sandcastles





18 Comments Add yours

  1. Wherejogoes says:

    I’m addicted to Portuguese custard tarts! 😀 Beautiful photos thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles.

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    1. They’re so good, I ate an inappropriate amount on that trip!

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  2. Tanja says:

    thanks of reminding me of my trip to Lisbon & Belem:) #farawayfiles

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading it, Belem was definitely the highlight of our trip to Lisbon!

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  3. Belem is very beautiful but somehow my best memory is of those custard tarts.. my goodness they are good! Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

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    1. The tarts were sooo good! I unfortunately did not get a photo of them since we ate them right away!

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  4. Hilary says:

    We chose to admire the Tower of Belem from the outside, as we’d climbed other nearby monuments, and weren’t sure if we made the right choice. Thanks to you now we know! #farawayfiles

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    1. You definitely made the right choice., the tower was a bit of a let down. We hadn’t climbed any other monuments though so the view was nice.

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  5. I love your 3rd photo – the light falls so beautiful on the details on the building. Also, I’d love to try that pastry!

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    1. Thanks! The pastries are so good they almost justify a trip to Lisbon haha


  6. Lisbon is so beautiful and I want to visit so badly! #FarawayFiles

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit, it’s one of my favourite cities for food and sightseeing!

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  7. Clare Thomson says:

    We loved Belem when we visited last year. The cloisters at the Mosteiro were so beautiful – my kids thought they were even better than the ones at Hogwarts. My two boys did really enjoy climbing up into the tower of the Belem Tower so I’d recommend it for families. And what more can you say about those tarts? Absolutely yummy. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. The cloisters were gorgeous, I loved the architecture. I’m glad you enjoyed the tower climb, I was just a bit underwhelmed. The tarts however did not disappoint!


  8. I wanna go! I wanna go! I wanna go! Looks so dreamy. I didn’t know much about Belem – so thank you for sharing with #FarawayFiles, definitely pinning for later! Cheers, Erin


  9. I also loved Belem and it’s architecture and really enjoyed reading your post! I recently came across a recipe for the custard tarts, which coincidentally I’m planning on making this weekend. If it’s a success I will share on my site in the coming weeks!


  10. Wish I was back there!

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    1. It’s such a great place, I do too!


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