Belém Tower was first built to defend Lisbon. Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and later still a customs center. Was built between 1514 and 1520. It was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO.
The ground floor of this architectural jewel has 16 windows with cannons. The visit also includes a tour where the prisoners were thrown into. The tower has five floors which lead to a roof terrace.
It’s about 6 Kilometers west of Lisbon.
Wondering how to get from Lisbon to Belem for that exciting one-day trip? We have 6 different ways listed down here with details on how to do each one and loads of additional tips.
Lisbon to Belem by train
This is by far the most popular way of traveling to the Belem district from Lisbon.
Take Tram 15E (same as Tram 15) going towards Alges Jardim from Praça da Figueira right next to Rossio square. Get down at Mosteiro Jerónimos for the monastery. Or go a little ahead to Largo da Princesa that is closer to Belem Tower.
Tram #15 is sleek and new and goes by the riverside all the way to Belem. The journey takes around 30 minutes and is free with the Lisboa Card. If you wish to ride the train, take the Lisbon – Cascais train from the Cais do Sodre Station. Get off the train at Belem. The journey takes only 7 minutes. And trains are quite frequent (every 20-30 minutes).
Tickets from Cais do Sodre to Belem cost €1.35. Again, you can ride for free with the