Take bus 728 to the west (direction Restelo), which follows the coast line and provides an express service with few stops. Or take the Cascais suburban train (line Cascais todos or Oeiras; the express trains don't stop in Belém) to Belém and walk to the attractions. Tramto the west (Algés direction) follows the Junqueira residential line. Check the route map inside the tram: it helps to find a right station for most famous of Belém attractions. The extensive bus network also serves Belém from various departure points around the city and can be less busy than the tram.
To reach the waterfront attractions such as Belem Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos from the town centre/tram line, you must cross over the railway line by the footbridges – there is one at the railway station and another near Belem Tower, and a tunnel by the Monument to the Discoverers.
This monument-packed area is a must-see place, and it contains Lisbon's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.
- 1 Ajuda Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botânico da Ajuda), Calçada da Ajuda (Tram stop ), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-20:00 (summer), 09:00-18:00 (winter). The botanical garden of Ajuda is one of the oldest gardens in Europe and is considered the first in Portugal. After the earthquake that occurred in 1755, the homeless Portuguese royal family decided to build a new royal residence at Ajuda but also gardens around it. This 10-acre garden was laid out in from 1858-1873. €2.
- 2 Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB, Belém Cultural Center), Praça do Império, ☏ . CCB is a 140,000 m2 (1,500,000 ft²) complex of artistic and cultural venues. It has spaces for meetings and conferences, performing arts (film, opera, ballet, theatre, and music), and art exhibits (art, architecture, design, and photography).
- 3 Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) (Tram stop ). Climbing the monument gives you a spectacular view of Belém. €4.
- 4 Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), Praça do Império (Tram stop ), ☏ . Oct-May: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30; May-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00-18:30; last entry 30 min before closing; closed 1 Jan, Easter, 1 May, 13 Jun, and 25 Dec. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the monastery was built in the 16th century and is an outstanding example of the Portuguese late Gothic Manueline style. €10 (adults), €5 (seniors/students/youth card), free (children under 12); free admission to the church and on first Sun of the month. Note that tickets are sold from the neighbouring archeological museum, not at the monastery entrance.
- 5 Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia), Avenida Brasília, ☏ , email@example.com. W–M 11:00–19:00 (Jun–Sep: F Sa until 22:00), closed Tu. This museum of contemporary art is housed in a riverside building of contemporary design. Adults €9, kids 12+/students/seniors 65+ €6, kids under 12 free,15 Jul–31 Aug: 20% discount off all tickets (admission includes Tejo Power Station).
- 6 Museu Colecção Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belém. 10:00-19:00. The permanent collection of the museum consists of the Berardo Collection, which is made up of modern and contemporary art, with major art movements like abstract expressionism, Abstraction-Création, action painting, body Art, constructivism, cubism, De Stijl, digital art, experimental art, geometric abstraction, kinetic art, minimal art, neo-expressionism, neo-plasticism, neo-Realism, op art, photography, photorealism, pop art, realism, suprematism, surrealism. Includes artists like Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and Francis Bacon. €5.
- 7 Museu da Marinha (Navy Museum), Praça do Império, ☏ . May–Sep 10:00–18:00 daily, Oct–Apr 10:00–17 daily. One of the most important in Europe, evoking Portugal's domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jerónimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward. The oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India. Adults €6.50, seniors 65+ & youths 4–12 €3.25, kids 0–3 free, family (2 adults & 2 youths) €14.60.
- 8 Museu Nacional dos Coches (National Coach Museum), Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, Belem (Tram or train to Belem). 10:00-18:00. Housed in the former riding school of the palace, don't miss the world's largest collection of horse-drawn coaches and other royal vehicles. One of Lisbon's many unusual museums. In the "Museum street", Belem. €5.
- 9 Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium), Praça do Império, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Temporarily closed for renovations; planned reopening Oct 2021. The planetarium has 32 star projectors, capable of presenting more than 9,000 stars. It holds a chunk of moon rock given by U.S. President Richard Nixon. Adults €5, seniors 65+ & kids 4-12 €2.50, kids 0-3 free, family (2 adults & 2 youths) €12.
- 10 Ponte 25 de Abril. This sister bridge of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge was designed by the same architect in 1966 to connect Lisbon with the Setubal peninsula across the Tagus (Tejo) River. Formerly known as the Salazar Bridge, it was renamed after the Carnation Revolution which, on 25 April 1974, ended the dictatorship.
- 11 Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque. In front of the former Royal Palace of Belém, now the Presidential Palace, there is a massive statue looking out to sea, representing Afonso de Albuquerque, second ruler of Portuguese India in the early 16th century.
- 12 Tejo Power Station (Central Tejo, f/k/a Museu da Electricidade, Electricity Museum). This disused power station is now a museum dedicated to the science, industry, and history of electricity production in Portugal. Admission included in the price of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
- 13 Torre de Belém (Belem Tower), Av. Brasília (Tram stop ), ☏ . Oct-May: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30; May-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00-18:30; last entry 30 min before closing; closed 1 Jan, Easter, 1 May, 13 Jun, and 25 Dec. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic fortified tower was built in the early 16th century in the late Gothic Manueline style as a fortress. It was said to be the last thing Portuguese explorers saw when departing, and the first thing they saw upon return. It was later used as a prison for political prisoners, and is today one of the most recognized symbols of Lisbon and Portugal. €6 (adults), €3 (seniors/students/youth card), free (children under 12); free admission on first Sun of the month. Combined ticket with Mosteiro dos Jerónimos €12, combined ticket with Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Museu Nacional de Arqueologia €16, combined ticket with 5 other sites €25 (see website for details).
- 1 Eneko Lisboa, Rua Maria Luisa Holstein 15, ☏ , email@example.com. W–Sa 19:00–22:30, closed Su–Tu. Michelin-starred restaurant by Spanish Basque chef Eneko Atxa. Attached to a more laid-back space called "Basque". €110-125.
- 2 Feitoria, Doca do Bom Sucesso (Altis Belém Hotel & Spa), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–Sa 19:00–22:30, closed Su M. Michelin-starred seafood restaurant by the docks. €120-140.
- 3 A Marítima do Restelo, Rua Bartolomeu Dias 110, ☏ . Tu–Sa 12:00–15:30 & 19:00–22:30, Su 12:00–15:30, closed M. Seafood restaurant by the water. Mid-range.
- 4 Prova - Enoteca, Rua Duarte Pacheco Pereira 9E, ☏ , email@example.com. Tu–Sa 11:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00, Su 11:00–15:00, closed M. Modern, urban wine bar serving seafood and sausage & cheese platters in a convivial atmosphere. €9-40.
- 5 Taberna dos Ferreiros, Travessa Ferreiros a Belém 5, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–Sa 12:00–16:30 & 19:00–22:00, Su 12:00–16:30, closed M. A fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine. €10-25.
- 1 Pastéis de Belém (Antiga Confeitaria de Belém), Rua de Belém 84 (take eléctrico #15E from Praça do Comércio, or the Cascais suburban train line from Cais do Sodré station, to Belém stop), ☏ . Daily 08:00-23:00. The most famous of pastelarias, and justly so. They are served right out of the oven there, with the side of confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. As you navigate through the tile-covered labyrinthine passages of the expansive shop, stop to look at the workers behind glass panels turning the endless stream of these delicacies, just baked, each in its own little ramekin, over onto the waiting trays. These are absolutely a must-eat and you can't possibly regret it.
- 1 Altis Belem Hotel & Spa, Doca do Bom Sucesso, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Five-star, 50-room hotel overlooking the Tagus with pool, spa, gym, bar, and free Wi-Fi. €143-302.
- 2 Hotel Jerónimos 8, Rua dos Jerónimos 8, ☏ , Jeronimos8@almeidahotels.pt. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star, 65-room hotel with bar, sauna, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. €137-235.
- 3 Nau Palácio do Governador, Rua Bartolomeu Dias 117, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Five-star, 60 room hotel with spa, gym, two swimming pools, business centre, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. €119-248.
- 4 Pestana Palace Lisboa, Rua Jau 54, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 11:00. Five-star, 192-room hotel in an old palace, with a wonderful garden and luxury spa. €191-362.
- 5 Vila Galé Ópera, Travessa Conde da Ponte, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star, 259-room hotel next to the Tagus River. Adjoins Lisbon’s Congress Centre and the lively nightlife of Lisbon’s Docas area. €64-173.