Discovering Belem, one of Lisbon’s jewels
Belem is a wonderful Lisbon parish where you can find Hieronymites monastery, the Monument to the Discovers or the Belem Tower and other places of interest.
Set on a magical scenario by Tagus River, Belem, one of the most beautiful parishes of the Portuguese capital, is bound to the glory of the Portuguese Age of Discovery as it was from this Lisbon parish that Vasco da Gama’s carracks sailed away to discover the maritime route to India. Let me just add that his adventure is described on Luis de Camoes masterpiece Os Lusiadas.
Visiting this lovely place means diving in the magnificence of the Portuguese Empire of the 15th and 16th centuries, when fearless navigators sailed away facing the unknown to fulfill the dream of visionary kings. By then Portugal lived some of its Golden Years that brought prosperity and wealth to the country.
The Discover Age is here immortalized on a set of monuments, built as a tribute to this golden period of the Portuguese history. In fact, the set of monuments of the area is one of the country’s highlights, attracting visitors all over the world.
To end a perfect day visiting some of the most iconic Portuguese monuments, regain your strengths with a unique delicacy that can only be found here at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem pastry shop: the Pastel de Belem, an unforgettable custard tart whose recipe is a well-kept secret since 1837.