Torre de Belém
Museu Colecção Berardo
Culture fiends get their contemporary art fix for free at Museu Colecção Berardo, the star of the Centro Cultural de Belém. The...
Bar 38° 41’
Watch boats bob on the water over coffee or cocktails at this stylish dockside lounge bar. Guest DJs liven things up on Friday nights...
João Rodrigues plays up Portuguese produce and oriental touches at this slick, contemporary Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the...
Torre de Belém information
Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, this World Heritage–listed fortress epitomises the Age of Discoveries. Breathe in to climb a narrow spiral staircase to the tower, affording sublime views over Belém and the river.
Francisco de Arruda designed the pearly-grey chess piece in 1515 to defend Lisbon’s harbour and nowhere else is the lure of the Atlantic more powerful. The Manueline show-off flaunts filigree stonework, meringue-like cupolas and – just below the western tower – a stone rhinoceros.
The ungulate depicts the one Manuel I sent Pope Leo X in 1515, which inspired Dürer’s famous woodcut. Crowds can be intense on weekends (especially Sunday) – a warning to claustrophobes.