Belem is the charming district to the west of Lisbon, and is the setting for many of the city's most iconic tourist attractions.
Originally, Belém was the site of Lisbon's shipyards and docks and from here the 15th century voyages that discovered the sea routes to India, East Africa and Brazil began. This rich maritime heritage is celebrated in Belém, along with extravagant buildings that were financed by the vast wealth that flowed to Portugal from the newly discovered colonies.
For visitors, Belém is one of the best neighbourhoods in Lisbon and offers exceptional tourist attractions, informative museums and beautiful views along the Tagus Estuary. The Belém district is different from the rest of Lisbon and is a breath of fresh air in the chaotic centre of Lisbon.
Belém is one of our favourite districts in Lisbon and we strongly recommend that you visit it during your holiday in Lisbon.