The starting point of Portuguese discoveries
Belém is the most Westerly part of Lisbon’s riverfront and from here you will see the River Tejo opening up to the ocean. Portuguese set sail from Belém’s Padrão dos Descobrimentos in the 15th century on their historical voyages which have come to represent what is known as the Golden Age of Portuguese Discovery. Many buildings are a homage to the river and its blessings to the Portuguese history. Old and new live harmoniously in Belém, with a unique cultural offer in the city. Magnificent Monastery of Jerónimos, the fairytale Tower of Belém, the minimalistic Centro Cultural de Belém, elegant Presidential Palace, are just some finest examples of Belém’s architectural masterpieces. The references are also unique in terms of flavor, with the mythic Pasteis de Belém, the oldest factory of this traditional Portuguese custard tarts and a great choice for quality gastronomy such as Portuguese, Japanese of French cuisine.
Originally inhabited by many fisherman and families related to the discoveries endeavour, Belém’s population was transformed, through generations, by middle- and upper-class families that choose to live in a more tranquil part of Lisbon. In Belém sits the history of a country that once chose to draw new commercial routes to the world and today a population which enjoys a very good quality of life.