We meet at the Iconic Cafe Pasteis de Belem to taste and talk about the famous egg tarts that werecreated before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jernimos Monastery.
Understand why Belem has a close connection to the early explorers, as you hear about Vasco da Gama's last night spent here before his epic voyage to India.
Visit the Mosteiro dos Jernimos, an extravagant monastery that was funded by the 5% tax levied on spices that flowed into Portugal. Originally designed as a modest monastery complex, the excessive trade wealth extended the construction by 50 years, to create one of the most ornate religious buildings of Portugal.
Savor the monument that add to Belems reputation: the historically importantDiscoveries Monument. One of the most iconic monuments of Lisbon, it was constructed to promote national self-confidence, whilst honouring the great Portuguese explorers.
Belem Lisbon tour also includes the delightful Torre de Belem once stood in the centre of the Tejo Estuary, to guarded the city from sea bound attack, and today the little fort has become the emblem of Lisbon. For such a trivial defensive fortification, the Torre de Belem was constructed with elaborate craftsmanship and is adorned with beautiful carved stonework..
Belem is full of charming cafs and restaurants, many of which offer outdoor terrace seating. Your guide will organise lunch in one of her favourite spots as part of the Belem Lisbon tour.
There are many small sites to discover as you walk and your guide will point out all you need to see