We woke up relatively early to try and beat the inevitable crowds headed daily to Belem. There are a couple of different transport options but after we’d been walked up and down Lisbons streets for a couple of days… an uber seemed the easiest way to get there.
See | Torre de Belem
Torre de Belem, The Tower Of Belem was a really lovely sight to see, it opens at 10.00. We got there not long before and the crowds were barely noticable. Our uber driver told us alot of tourists head to Sintra in the morning before heading to Belem. We didn’t have any intention of paying to go in and many other viewers seemed to be in agreement. We just enjoyed the beauty of the tower from the outside. We walked to the Padrao dos Descobrimentos which was really impressive and beautifully carved. Then we headed to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos which was unfortunatey under construction. If you’re in the area, I would really recommend visiting all three as the architecture was beautiful.
Eat | Pasteis De Belem
You can’t go to Belem without visiting Pasteis De Belem. You just can’t. Pasteis de Nata originated here and the famous Portuguese; salted pastry, custard filled tarts don’t get better than this. No matter what time of day you turn up, there will be a queue waiting, but it’s worth it. We’ve had our fair share of Nata in Lisbon and these really are the best. Danny’s parents are both fully Portuguese and his dad told us we HAD to go here – he was right!
Visit | Jardim Botanico Tropical
It took us an embarrassingly long time to figure out how to get into the Jardim Botanico Tropical. In fact we walked around the outside wall of the whole garden before we found the entrance we’d just missed the first time. With our Pasteis De Nata in hand, we were desperately seeking somewhere to enjoy them. At 2 Euros per adult, we had found our perfect spot.
A city break wouldn’t be complete for us without tracking down some greenery, and botanical is best. We love wandering around the local plants, in awe of their size and rationalising that unfortunately, they wouldn’t survive in the climate of our cottage back home. There was so much wildlife too, we had to defend our pasteis de nata from roaming peacocks.
Explore | LX Factory
Hailed as Lisbon’s coolest area, LX Factory is worth a visit and as Belem is a 45-minute walk away it was a great next stop. LX Factory is a group of industrial style houses which are now home to arty retailers and a variety of restaurants. It’s a small area that’s easy to explore.
There are so many places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat. If you visit, let us know which is your favourite!
Experience | Pilar 7
Experience Pilar 7 opened the week before we arrived in Lisbon so we hadn’t seen anything about it when we planned our trip.
The Twenty Fifth of April Bridge in Lisbon was built over 50 year ago and has an amazing story behind the year leading up to it’s construction. Experience Pilar 7 allows you to not only educate yourself but also to go up to the vehicle crossing level of the 7th pilar. You can stand in a glass box and see amazing views of Lisbon as well as some of the 3000 people that cross the bridge daily.
This new exhibition is a great addition to Lisbon’s tourism and it’s been put together really well with lots of aesthetically pleasing touches.
Once you get to the top, the glass panels allow you to absorb some incredible views of both the city and across the river.
As the experience is so new, we were some of the only people up there.
It really is incredible.