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“the most friendly elegant place in lisbon”
Review of Torre de Belem

Torre de Belem
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Classic Lisbon and Arrábida Wine Tour
Ranked #19 of 425 things to do in Lisbon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A 16th-century tower which serves as a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery on both land and sea.
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“the most friendly elegant place in lisbon”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

belem means tagus river, huge bridge, beautiful and large boulevards near the river, an very intersting rower build in the middle of the river and now it is way on the shore, naviagators statue, a beutiful monastery ( extremly impressive, even more then the more famous notre dames de Paris or domo di milano), beautiful parks and cultural places, the very intersting and impressive couch museum, tropical garden and the biggest cake store i've ever seen

simply go there, see all these or simply wonder around within the quarter and you will feel great.

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“Interesting, but those cakes....!”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

I know it sounds silly when in Belem you have those sites around you but I simply went for the famous "pasteis de Belem", a Portuguese egg tart pastry, common in Portugal and generally called Pastéis de Nata, created before the 18th century by the Catholic monks at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém. Well, visit also those sites of course but do not miss these orgasmic creamy cakes at the Casa Pastéis de Belém nearby!!! They made my day :-)

Visited November 2012
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“beautiful part of city with so much to see and amazing pastries!”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Belem is really easy to access on the city tour bus, city bus or tram. I got a combined ticket for the tower and monastery for E8, the monastery was so beautiful and the guide book for each was just E1 and came in a variety of languages. The Padrao dos Descobrimentos has a really great exhibition on the forced Portuguese withdrawl from Goa in the 60's. I came accross a modern art museum attached to the Belem cultural centre. Free entry and I could easily have spent a whole day in there. The traditional pastries in Pasteis de Belem are a must in this area. There were a few beggars in the area but nothing unusual for a real tourist trap. The only dissappointment was the Archaeology museum , E5 in so the most expensive museum I visited in Lisbon and really doesn't compare to other archaelogy museums I have visited although the staff there were really nice.

Visited January 2013
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“stunning beauty”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you can't see Sintra then as least check this area out. Belém kind of picks up where Lisbon leaves off. It's a small riverfront town just west of the capital. You'll find palm trees everywhere and beautifully sculpted gardens.There are many different attractions here all within comfortable walking distance. get off at the Belém-Jerónimos stop and you'll be at the heart of everything: the monastary, the tower, monument to the discoverers, Pasteis de Belém (not to be missed by the way)

TIP: an easy way to get there is to take tram 15. if you get off at Belém-Jerónimos there's an underpass that will bypass the busy highway and it leads to the monument to the discoverers.

Visited March 2012
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Must visit the Jeronimos monastery and the park in front of it. Try some of the local fish in the restaurants there. Belem Tower and Discoveries monument are optional.

Visited December 2012
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