The Monumental Lisbon Tour will take you to the western area of the city, called Belém, which means Bethlehem in English and is considered its Monumental District. Belém reminds us of Portugal’s Golden Age and its most significant monuments dating back to the 16th century that can be found here, such as Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, both classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The nearby Maritime Museum presents an incredible collection of sailing ships, nautical instruments, sea planes and royal barges, all of them witnesses of the most brilliant period of Portugal’s history.
The famous monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos marks the exact place from where our sailors departed over 500 years ago and the Royal Carriage Museum (Museu dos Coches) will delight you with the most important and well preserved collection of Royal Carriages to be found in the whole world. You may choose to visit the Centro Cultural de Belém with its impressive collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, with works by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Max Ernst, Vieira da Silva, Paula Rego and many other world renown artists.
Walking in and around these monuments might whet your appetite for something sweet, well you are perfectly located… Nearby there is a café where you will find the most famous cake in Lisbon, the Pastel de Belém, a delicious custard tartlet. Small and dainty in appearance, you won’t be able to have just one!
The bakery and café are located close to the Jerónimos Monastery and they’ve been in the same place since 1837, keeping intact their secret recipe, which was sold to a baker by the monks of the Monastery. If you want a special souvenir of your trip, you can also take some Pastéis de Belém to go.
The perfect combination between art and history by the River Tagus, with a touch of confection!