Belém District And The Salazar Dictatorship Legacy - Private Walking Tour - Lisbon

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Belem River Station, Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Return Details :
    Jardim da Torre de Belém, Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover one of the most majestic and popular areas of the Lisbon waterfront during this 3-hour private walking tour. This is the place where the famous world explorers set off on voyages of discovery in the 15th century, but also where Portugal hosted the World Exhibition in 1940. Full of history and charm, Belm is the perfect neighborhood to stroll around on foot. Visit the Square of the Empire, the famous Monument of the Discoveries, and the the exotic "Portuguese House for the Colonies. In the end you will certainly gain a completely different image of Lisbon.


Excellent value for money

Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

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Depart around 10am for a private 3-hour walking tour of one of Lisbons most historic neighborhoods, Belm. See the beach where ships departed for many Portuguese discoveries, the place where King Manuel ordered the construction of the majestic Jeronimos monastery, and the official residence of the President.

Belm became famous in 1940 when Portugal hosted the World Exhibition, right in the midst of Salazars four decades in power. Learn about the amazing event and what the dictatorship was like during the Second World War. Visit historical landmarks including the Square of the Empire, the Monument of the Discoveries, and the the exotic "Portuguese House for the Colonies.

This private tour offers a personalized, intimate experience, and can be customized to suit your interests. Dont miss the opportunity to see Belm at your own pace with a friendly, knowledgable guide.


Local professional guide

Professional photographer guide

Private walking tour


Food and drinks

The listed price does not include a parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.

Hotel pickup

Hotel drop-off

Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Dress code is smart casual

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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  • 21-Oct-2022

    Our tour guide Luis was excellent, and he made for as great an experience as you could in the pouring rain! The weather was not on our side but Luis kept us interested in all that's to see in Belem. I appreciate his patience with our group as we experienced ups and downs with trying to stay dry!

  • 17-Jul-2022

    Luis is a wonderful guide! This is a great tour for history buffs. Luis was very sensitive to adjusting the tour to what I already did (or didn’t) know and is very responsive to questions. I thought using the exhibition as a way to talk about the fascists rather than just a chronology was a great way to keep my attention. 1. Wear comfy walking shoes. You’ll do a fair amount of walking. 2. Plan to stay in Belem later in the day to go in to the monastery, museums etc. Tour is only exterior of sites 3. If you’re really interested in the fascists and their fall, I’d recommend following it up with the museum of the resistance in Alfama.

  • 01-Jul-2022

    It was lovely day with Luis our guide for the day. Luis had a lot of knowledge about the history which was evident in our conversations that morning. Weather was good. I would strongly recommend this walking tour.

  • 08-Jun-2022

    A excellent private tour with Luis as are guide , Luis had a incredible knowledge of the Belem district, telling us loads of facts about the district and the history of Lisbon Pointing out lots of things we would probably not have seen , and would definitely not known what they meant Luis is also a very friendly guy , and very polite When we left the tour he gave us his business card with his email address, and said if we had any questions about lisbom , to send him a email If you are in Lisbon , and would like to explore the Belem district, then book up this tour , and hope Luis is your guide

  • 08-Jun-2022

    A excellent private walking tour Done this tour with a friend, unfortunately I can’t remember are guides name ( sorry) He taok us around the Belem district telling us the history of the area and some interesting facts about the area and the city Some good photo opportunities as well If you are in Lisbon , then I would recommend doing this tour

  • 05-Apr-2022

    Une visite bien préparée et le plaisir d’échanger sur l’histoire du Portugal 😊 Je recommande vivement cette visite

  • 16-Nov-2021

    Luis was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and really brought the sites we saw to life. This tour was especially interesting because of its focus on a very specific time in history for Portugal. Luis was also very considerate - he was early to the meeting point, he always chose a location to stop where we could sit and listen to the information as opposed to stand, and even paid attention to our comfort with the temperature (ie: stopping in the shade or sun). He also checked-in regularly with us on how we felt about the amount/subject of the information provided based on our interest level. We found it all fascinating so we were happy with the depth of his knowledge and how he provided it. Would highly recommend this tour.

  • 05-May-2021

    Luís is a nice and very knowledgeable tour guide who brought the history of Belém alive. He has in-detail scientific knowledge and illustrated his explanations with many images of different epochs. This is not a brief highlights tour but a tour that explains how Belém turned into what it is today. The tour is highly recommended for anyone who is not just interested in taking pictures of the 3 main sights...

  • 22-Jan-2020

    Luis was very good prepared and explained a lot of things, especially historical knowledge. It was quite interesting an good to understand Portuguese history. From the restaurant recommendation at the end we expected more - well, food and prices were quite good, but it was too far away from Belem and we would have loved to have something with view to the river. So better leave that out.

  • 27-Dec-2019

    I've been to Lisbon several times but never understood why there seemed to be this gap in its history. Where are relics of the fascist dictatorship? Modern Lisbon is everywhere and post-earthquake Lisbon very well sign posted. But what about those dark, unspoken years of repression and reaction, that finally collapsed in horrendous poverty and colonial wars?

    Now I know. And cheaply too.

    This tour centres on the "Portuguese Exhibition" of 1940, a fascist show piece lauding the heroic virtues of the Age of Discoveries and Portugal's global empire, complete with a human zoo. See the surviving frescoes of the exhibition buildings and learn the story of the monument to the discoveries, rooted in an ideology that still saw Portugal as the centre of the world.

    Did you know the government lied about the contribution of ten female artists to the exhibition, anxious as they were to reduce all Portuguese women to "homemakers"? Or that a film director was put incharge of building a reconstructed Caravel of the 16th century, and, maybe unsurprisingly, it promptly sank? Well, you do now.

    Our guide knew it all. The significance of every bench, flower bed and even the lettering on the Belem River Station. All explained patiently in fluent English and at a relaxed pace.

    We were all very impressed and now I know where the gap is, and how much still fills it.

    Obregado Luis Maio!

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