Palacio de Belem
Palacio de Belem
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Neighborhood: Belém
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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Alina R
Tel Aviv, Israel32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The tour takes place only on Saturdays. You have to call prior to the visit to book a tour. Please notice that most of the tours are in Portuguese so if you don't know the language, you have to find out at what hour the English tour takes place. If you can't visit the place on Saturday, it's not worth visiting at all as the museum is very small.
Written March 12, 2019
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Tom P
Antwerp, Belgium180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
You can only visit the palace, which is still the working area for the Portuguese president on Saturdays! The museum is opened on other days as well. Get there early (around 9) and check when you can get an amazing guided tour in English or Portuguese. It’s super interesting! See where the president meets people, dines with guests, gives press conferences, gazes over the gardens. This place is full of history.
Written December 14, 2016
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JJJC_Family
Virginia810 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
First, yes you must call and absolutely verify when the English tour is available. Call more than once. I got incorrect info a couple of times. Definitely, do not try to get info on web. It's worthless. Similarly to see Parliament - Sao Bento - it's only open last Saturday of month. I called that morning and was told yes, except on the last Saturday in December, which it was. I looked at multiple websites, including the official one and made multiple calls and never heard that little tidbit. Lisbon is bad in this regard.

Building and grounds are very nice, not mind blowing, but nice. The little museum exhibit about a president who basically became a dictator and short-circuited the nascent democracy was fascinating. The tour guide was excellent and covered a wide range of topics and answered any questions we had. Oh, I forgot the actual Presidential Museum, where you pick up the tour. Small, but some interesting facts and some nice gifts from other countries make it a nice way to wile away the time before the tour.

Is this essential? No. But if you are visiting Monastery of St. Jerome nearby, it's worth the short walk and time.
Written January 29, 2019
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Choc_eclaire
Bracknell, UK91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went on Saturday as that was advertised as the day it is open to visitors. BEWARE - if the president is in residence or there is something going on it is NOT always open on Saturday. It was very hard to see how to find out about entry. I tried talking to the guard but he gave me a hard stare! Nothing on the walls anywhere to tell you about visiting or where to go in. Anyway this is a review of a non-visit.
Written February 28, 2024
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traveleruk
Munich, Germany15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It’s ok for a palace.

You see some three nice rooms but overall a rather disappointing and perplexing experience. Quite a few parts of the building complex are just run down and in severe state of neglect. The gardens are in a rather neglected and poor state for a palace that is inhabited by “somebody” - its just poor when you look more closely - all neglected. The office of the president is just depressingly dark, and stuffy with severely used sofas. It’s probably not even a question of money …. It’s just neglect and being careless. Seen a lot of presidential palaces in Europe and other countries and continents ….. and this is one I liked the least.

The Museum is small and ok, specially if like and know the local personalities.

Overall a rather disappointing and depressing experience - one can not even believe it’s the President that lives and works there.

Cidadela in Cascais is well worth the visit but Belém you should just depressingly bad.
Written July 29, 2023
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Giorgio B
Milan, Italy267 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
You pay 2.5€ even if you have the Lisboa card, only to see the exposition about president's. This is nothing exceptional : a collection of presents received during official visits and an interactive (boring) show on tablet about each of the presidents.
Absolutely not interesting.
You have probably to go there only if all the monument is fully open for visitors.
A certain disappoint is due to the fact that at the reception we have not been advised of the visit restrictions.
Written December 29, 2016
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Nuno Oliveira
Pinhal Novo, Portugal422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
This is the official residence of the President of the portuguese republic, although he doesn't live there. The gardens are very beautifull but the inside is the best (unffortunately it is not possible to take pictures inside). There is also a very good museum dedicated to the history of the republic in Portugal that is worth while.
Written May 29, 2016
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It’s certainly a large and well guarded spread. Runs by the botanical gardens and frankly better than the gardens themselves.
Written August 29, 2021
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blindman20002000
Davie, FL376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This is a museum dedicated largely to the past leadership of Portugal. Portraits of past presidents are here, along with many gifts that were given to the country’s leaders over the years. I found it to be very interesting to see. Since we visited on a weekday the gardens were not accessible to us during our visit. The modest 2.50 Euro admission is well worth paying.
Written May 18, 2019
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permia
Ireland41,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Is was fascinating to learn that when the 1755 earthquake thundered the King and his family were staying here and thus avoided the destruction of central Lisbon. Today it's the President's Residence.

With a striking exterior of its highlight colour, we looked forward to seeing the halls and rooms. Ornate with furnishings and embellishments they are most impressive. Many art pieces throughout are lovely.

The museum is well worth a tour. In one section are portraits of all the Presidents, with a short biography, since the declaration of the Republic. Another hall has gifts received from Heads of State and other notables.
Written March 30, 2019
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