It’s a delightful fortification that once guarded Lisbon and the mouth of the River Tagus. The small Manueline styled tower was the first sight of home for returning Portuguese sailors during the 16th century era of exploration and since then the tower has become the icon of Lisbon.
It’s located approximately 2.5km from central Lisbon. The best method of travel is to catch the 15E tram from Praça da Figueira to Algés, there are five departures every hour. On Sunday mornings (up until 2pm) there is no entrance fee. There is a combination ticket of the Torre Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery.
Address: Av. Brasília, Lisbon
The solid and imposing Sé de Lisboa is the mighty cathedral of Lisbon that has been intertwined in Portuguese history since the early establishment of the country. At its construction it was the final line of defense for Lisbon and stamped the dominance of the Christian conquest of the Moors.
The religious sections of the cathedral are open to the public every day from 7:00 until the evening mass, held in Portuguese, at 19:00. There is no admission fee to the main cathedral but all visitors must be suitable and respectively dressed.
Address: Largo da Sé, Lisbon
The castle stands majestically above central Lisbon and was the ancient seat of power for over 400 years.
The castle is open every day from 09:00 to 21:00 (peak season) and 09:00 to 18:00 (low season). The nearest metro station is Rossio (Green Metro Line) but involves a 20 minute walk.
Address: R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, Lisbon
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a highly ornate monastery that is situated in the Belém district of western Lisbon. This grand religious building was historically associated with the early sailors as explorers, as it was from here that Vasco da Gama spent his last night before his voyage to the Far East.
The Monastery of Jerónimos is open from 10.00-18.00 (summer) or 10.00-17.00 (winter) but is shut on Mondays. A combined entrance ticket for the monastery and Torre Belém can be purchased. For the budget traveler the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is free to visit on Sunday mornings. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is located in the Belém district of Lisbon, which is west of central Lisbon. The recommended means of travel from central Lisbon to Belém is via the number 15 tram.
Address:Praça do Império, Lisbon
Praça do Comércio is the largest and grandest of Lisbon’s squares. The area was constructed as the gateway to Portugal, connecting trade from the colonies with the merchants and traders. The wealth of Portugal was channeled through this single point of the Praça de Comercio, which when translated into English means Commercial Square. For visitors the square is both an appealing tourist sight and important transport hub. Departing from the northern side are trams that head west to the Belém district and at the southern side is a ferry terminal that cross the River Tagus.
Address: Praça do Comércio, Lisbon