Any early birds around here? Well, even if you aren’t, make an exception and get ready to chase the sunrise with the best view over Tejo river of Lisbon. I know waking up can be hard, but for magical city like Lisbon, it can be totally worth it, so keep reading and you will discover hat to do in Belem, Lisbon.

1. Discoveries monument

Start with Discoveries monument and you will have the sun rising behind gorgeous 25 de Abril Bridge. This monument was built to honor the Portuguese Discoveries of the golden centuries, so it holds some pretty important people. Try to watch them closer and see if you can recognize anyone. 

Also, it has a pretty impressive view from the top and elevator ride will cost you 4 euro, however, you will have the best view over the bridge, Cristo Rei, Monastery, map of the world and beautiful promenade. 

2. Tower of Belem

Recognized at least one of discoverers? Move towards Belem tower – you have to walk away from the bridge, but do not miss one important spot near the wharf (see the photo above). 

Once you have reached Belem, I am sure you will want to appreciate its beauty and take a moment to enjoy the golden hour. It is the most photographed monument of Lisbon, so keep working on stats and create your postcard as well. 

FACT OF THE DAY: this beauty survived major earthquake back in 1755 and it was one of the most deadly natural disasters the world has ever experienced. 

3. Old Belem

Take the bridge that you see right from the park in front of Belem tower and walk deeper to Old Belem until you reach tram rails. The name of the street is Bartolomeu Dias. You will catch some authentic Portuguese vibes, typical tiles and escape the masses of tourists for a moment, maybe even practice your Portuguese with local storytellers.  

4. Jerónimos Monastery

Also, if you are on the clock and you do not have time to visit inside, make a quick stop at Igreja Santa Maria and you will find it on the right side of the entrance.. And it is completely free (but stunning!).

Details, details, details! Most of the people rush over to the queue to get inside as soon as possible, but take a walk around the monastery of Lisbon and appreciate all the architecture work.

5. Pastéis de Belém

I believe you are getting hungry by now and I have the perfect spot for you! Back in the 19th century, all convents and monasteries had a hard time and in order to keep the maintenance costs, monks started to sell custard cakes nowadays known as Pasteis de Belem. The original birthplace is monastery, but you will find a cafe called Pasteis de Belem nearby and they still keep original recipe that others do not know.

INSIDER TIP: when the waiter comes to take an order, ask for Pasteis de Belem, because they do not sell Pasteis de Nata! Don’t mind the line outside, it is for takeaway, so go inside and look for a table to have breakfast and enjoy the one and only – Pasteis de Belem. 

6. Promenade, MAAT, 25 de Abril Bridge and more

After all those tasty pastries, it is time to go for a walk and enjoy a walk by the river. Go back to Discoveries monument and move towards bridge until you have reached MAAT. I have to say, I am not a big fan of modern architecture, but I believe this fits perfectly on the promenade and it looks like a smooth shellfish next to the Tagus river. 

If you are feeling tired or do not have a lot of time to enjoy the walk, take a taxi or tram to the next destination. 

7. LxFactory and final

Yes, this is one of those places that you have seen all over Instagram lately. And something that most people do not know, is that they took an abandoned industrial site and turned it into a trendy area of Lisbon, genius right? Nowadays, you can find there a lot of vintage shops, local goodies, bars, and one of the 20 most beautiful bookshops in the world – Ler Devagar. 

For me it is more than just a bookstore – coffee shop, art gallery, meeting place or perfect photo spot.. You name it! Also, Ler Devagar participated in creating Portugal’s most complete erotic bookshop – Pensão Amor, but that one let’s leave for later, once the sun is down. 

ALTERNATIVE DISCOVERY: Village Underground. The place is very unique – shipping containers transformed into offices and two old buses converted into bars & restaurants.

In conclusion..

You have completed your sunrise mission and it is time for lunch now (food guide coming soon!).. I hope you enjoyed this article and I believe you will have magical time not only in Belem, but in Lisbon in general.

Check out my gallery for photo inspiration and follow me on Instagram for more details that are left behind the camera.

If you have any questions or additional tips, let me know in the comments below.

Pin it for later and make sure you know the best things to do in Belem!





  1. Kate Hardy
    September 21, 2019 / 6:50 am

    Wow! I just fell in love once again! The spirit of magic is everywhere! Looking forward for next amazing trip around Lisbon!)

    • lasma.plone
      July 15, 2021 / 10:56 am

      Thank you so much Kate! Glad you liked it!

  2. September 17, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    Excellent blog post with so many amazing details, Lasma! Keep it up! Looking forward to a piece about the food scene!

    • lasma.plone
      July 15, 2021 / 10:56 am

      That is so sweet of you! Thank you so much!

  3. Flavio
    September 17, 2019 / 11:56 am

    thanks for sharing all this <3

    • lasma.plone
      July 15, 2021 / 10:42 am

      It’s my pleasure!

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