The Five Must-See Attractions in Belém, Portugal; Kevin Raub; Travel + Leisure


Portugal – Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon

Belém offers a total cultural immersion, with UNESCO World Heritage sites and tons of museums.

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

Locals line up in droves for pastel de Belém (also known as pastel de nata), a cinnamon-dusted custard tart produced from a fiercely guarded monastic recipe that dates to 1837.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Lisbon’s top attraction is this UNESCO World Heritage jewel, a monastery that stretches across several blocks. The well-preserved Manueline masterpiece has maritime motifs and dramatic cloisters built to honor Vasco da Gama’s Indian sea route discovery in 1498.

Museu Colecão Berardo

The highlight of Belém’s massive Centro Cultural Belém is millionaire businessman José Berardo’s contemporary art collection, a must-see mélange of abstract, surrealist, and pop art.

Espaço Espelho d’Água

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