(Santa Maria de) Belém

A short distance from the historical centre of Lisbon, Belém (meaning Bethlehem) is where many Portugal's voyagers of discovery embarked from. As consequence it is here you'll find a plethora of Lisbon's most famous monuments and monumental buildings celebrating Portugal's maritime achievements in the 15th and 16th century and the heroes of that age. There is plenty here to see and to make a fulfilling day out. Along the roads Rua Vieira Portuense and Rua Belém there are a number of cafés and restaurants, also around this area are a number of parks and botanical gardens to walk off that lunch.

Top Attractions

Torre de Belém

Lisbon's most iconic monument.

Belém Palace

The official home of the Portuguese president.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's epic sea voyage to India.

Ajuda palace

A very opulent royal residence.

National Coach Museum

An impressive collection of 15th & 16th century carriages.

Jardim Botânico d'Ajuda

Created in 1768 as part of Ajuda Palace.

Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian

A window into the heavens.

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Pasteis de Belém

Pasteis de Belém
During the liberal revolution in early 19th century all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down and the clergy expelled. Next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos at this time there was a sugar cane refinery connected to a small general store. As a means of making a living the monastery made sweet pastries for sale in the shop, pastries which rapidly became known as 'Pasteis de Belém'. Their popularity grew as numbers of visitors to Belém increased and baking of the 'Pasteis de Belém' moved to larger buildings adjoined to the refinery. This tradition continues today and hand baked to the original secret recipe and visiting the bakery is a must. Best eaten hot and sprinkled with either icing sugar or cinnamon. The title of "Pastéis de Belém" is awarded only to the pastries here however the Pastéis de Natas made elsewhere have become synonymous to Lisbon and Portugal.

714, 727, 728, 729, 751. | 15E | Daily: 08h00 – 23h00
Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92, 1300 – 085 Lisboa, Portugal. | 38° 41' 50.8"N | 09° 12' 11.7"W |
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Jardim Botânico Tropical (Tropical Botanic Gardens)

A refreshing stroll through the Jardim Botânico Tropical, it's shaded areas, water features and the odd peacock revives the senses. Created in 1906 by order of King Carlos I the gardens are home to over 4000 species of plants from all over the Portuguese empire. Also known as Jardim do Ultrama is also where the the Tropical Museum and to the Institute of Scientific Tropical Research (Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical) and works hard in the area of preservation. See More [ ► ]

714, 727, 728, 729, 751. | 15E | Daily: 09h30 - 12h00/14h00 - 16h30
Adult: €1.50, Concessionary: €0.75, Child under 7: FREE
Largo dos Jerónimos 1400-209, Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 41′ 55.3″ N | 09° 12′ 8.8″ W | +351 213 609 665
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Jardim Botânico Tropical (Tropical Botanic Gardens)

Igreja da Memória

Igreja da Memória
Similar in style to the Estrela Basilica in the Alfama the church is a memorial of King Jose I's close escape from a sole assassin's bullet on the 3rd September 1758 and was built on the exact spot of the failed attempt. The church is also the final resting place for the enigmatic politician the Marquis de Pombal who led the investigation into the assasination attempt. The church's grand 18th century baroque exterior is a stark contrast to it's more sombre interior. | FREE

727 | 18E
Largo da Memória, 1300-399 Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 42′ 10.8″ N | 09° 12.7' 24″ W

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Museu Coleção Berardo

Housing Lisbon's best examples of modern and contemporary art, both the permanent exhibition of the Berardo Collection and a vast array of temporary presentations. Diverse examples of work from the last century by artists of varied cultural backgrounds and contexts. The Museu Coleção Berardo offers a broad programme of family activities with educational attributes.
Adult: €5.00, Concessionary: €2.50, Under 5: FREE, Lisbon Card Lisbon Card: -30%

ONLINE TICKET | With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to the Museu Coleção Berardo at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…


714, 727, 728, 729, 751 | 15E | Tuesday - Sunday: 10h00 - 19h00, Monday: CLOSED
Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império 1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal.
38º 41' 47.7" N | 09º 12' 12.8" W | +351 213 609 665
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Suggested Hotels

Altis Belem Hotel & Spa

Altis Belem Hotel & Spa ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A five star design hotel in Belém overlooking the Tagus River, a contemporary experience of the Golden Age of Discovery. Here you can find the gourmet Restaurant Feitoria and the Spa BSpa. The theme of discovery is threaded throughout all of the hotel's 50 luxury rooms (including five suites) absorbing and enticing you to embark on an exotic journey displayed in a series of illustrated wall panels, giving each room a bespoke atmosphere.

Doca do Bom Sucesso 1400-038, Belém, Lisboa, Portugal.
38º 41' 36" N | 09º 12' 38" W | +351 210 400 200

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Hotel Jeronimos 8

Hotel Jeronimos 8 ★ ★ ★ ★

Lisbon's first design hotel, Hotel Jerónimos 8 is a four-star hotel that stands apart for its concept and convenient location in Belém, in the centre of major monuments and museums. An urban resort that combines three colours in its contemporary design (an exciting "chocolate" brown, a stimulating "carmine" red, and a "relaxing" cream) to incite surprising feelings of harmony and tranquility.

The hotel offers an open-air patio for the pleasure of its guests. The private patios' oriental inspiration creates a serene atmosphere in which to relax during the stay. The soothing sound of running water, the intense brightness of the white and the tranquil green of the grass and bamboos are interrupted only by the sofas that beckon for someone to sink into them.

8 Rua Dos Jeronimos, 1400-2011 Lisbon Portugal.
38° 41' 54.7" N | 09º 12' 18.4" W | +351 213 600 900

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Hotel Jeronimos 8

Atelier - House in Belém (Apartment)

Located in Belém, 350 yards from Jeronimos Monastery, Atelier - House in Belém provides accommodation with a shared lounge, free WiFi and a shared kitchen. The property has a garden and city views, The apartment features thre bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, and a bathroom with a shower.

1 Travessa das Galinheiras,, Belem, 1300-265 Lisbon, Portugal. .
38° 41' 52.4" N | 09º 12' 12.6" W | +351 913 521 323

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Enoteca de Belém

The "Enoteca de Belém" – Wine Bar, a place dedicated to experimentation and to be a meeting place, for people and flavours, in an artistic and cultural atmosphere inherent to the Travessa and its spaces, puts its bet on the divulgation of the national wine and gastronomic culture. Service is discreet, professional and knowledgeable.

Tuesday-Sunday: 13h30 - 23h00, Monday: CLOSED
Mercador do Tempo Lda, Travessa do Marta Pinto 21, 1300-390 Lisboa, Portugal.
38º 41' 51.4" N | 09º 12' 12.9" W | +351 213 637 700
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Restaurante Solar do Embaixador

Solar do Embaixador is a family restaurant always receiving customers with a sincere smile and an excellent service. Specialising in Brazilian cuisine, specifically from northeast Brazil and conjures up such specialties as "Fish Moqueca" and "Shrimp Moqueca".

Daily: 12h30 - 22h00
Rua do Embaixador 210, Belém, 1300-390 Lisboa, Portugal.
38º 41' 52.4" N | 09º 11' 57.2" W | + 351 213 625 111
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Darwin Café

An ideal location on the bank of the river in the Champalimaud Foundation science centre, it's decor is modern based on a Charles Darwin theme. The menu is extensive offering a variety of Portuguese and international dishes.

Tuesday - Sunday: 12h30 - 23h00, Sunday: 12h00 - 16h00, Monday: CLOSED
Champalimaud centre for the unknown, Avenida Brasília, Ala B 1400-038, Lisboa, Portugal.
38º 41' 36.9" N | 09º 13' 15.8" W | + 351 213 625 111
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From the North take the A36. The N6 runs through Belém West to East.


Latitude - 38º 41' 46.3" | Longitude - 09º 12' 11.3"

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Urban train services (comboios urbanos) Belém train station:
• Cascais/Cais do Sodré line Timetable

Trains of Portugal Website
There are no Metro lines that service Belém, however the Azul line goes to Cais do Sodré train station where you can connect with an Urban train (see above) to Belém: Website
• Carris bus routes to Belém from various areas around the city: Carris Website

• 201 - Linda-a-Velha Cais Sodré: Timetable
• 714 - Pç. Figueira - Outurela: Timetable
• 727 - Estação Roma-Areeiro - Restelo: Timetable
• 728 - Restelo - Portela: Timetable
• 729 - B.º Padre Cruz - Algés: Timetable
• 751 - Estação Campolide - Linda-a-Velha: Timetable

• 15E: Praça Figueira - Algés (Jardim) via Belém: Timetable