Lisbon Riverside

Belém

Situated on Tagus River bank, Belém offers many significant historical attractions of Discoveries era as well as panoramic views for its visitors. Here you can visit Torre de Belém, a World Heritage Site, built in Manueline style during the Age of Discoveries in 1520 and surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Tower is also a great vantage point, providing spectacular views of River Tagus and the Ocean.

Nearby is Centro Cultural Belém, one of the great cultural centers in Europe, located in a gigantic modern building, hosts modern art exhibitions, concert and performances. Opposite are Museu da Marinha, which features the collection of historical maps, boats, model ships, charts, instruments related to Portuguese Navy, Merchant Navy and other maritime activities dating from the Discoveries to the present, and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, another World Heritage Site in the zone, displays a fascinating combination of late-baroque and the Renaissance styles in the 16th century.

Pastéis de Belém

Photographer: José Manuel

Pastéis de Belém

In Rua de Belém, it is a must to stop at Pastéis de Belém, a pastry shop exists more than a hundred year and is the unique place to taste traditional cakes, that gave the café its name.

The other great cultural attractions of the area include Discoveries Monument, the Planetarium, the National Archaeology Museum, a little further the Ethnology Museum, and Coach Museum. A short bus ride from Belém will take you easily to Palácio Nacional de Ajuda or to National Art Museum and are must to see.

Parque das Nações (Nations Park)

Gare do Oriente

Photographer: José Manuel

Gare do Oriente

Hosted the last World Exhibition in 1998 Expo offers much to suit varied interests. Contrary to historical center, Expo attracts its visitors with its 21st century modern architecture. The best examples are Portugal Pavilion by Siza Vieira and Gare do Oriente (Oriente Railway Station).

In the entrance of the Park, Vasco de Gama Shopping Mall is located. For those who can’t do without shopping is a good option. Several attractions are located through out the park but if you don’t like to walk through those attractions, there is a teleferico (Lisbon Cable Car) connecting from one side of the park to the other. The biggest attraction is Oceanarium, the biggest oceanarium of Europe designed magnificently by American architect Peter Chermayeff. It offers live displays, environmental sounds capes and interactive media for its visitors. The other attractions in area include; an interactive science museum- the Knowledge Pavilion (Pavilhão do Conhecimento), the Virtual Reality Pavilion, Macau Pavilion, musical performances in the Atlantic Pavilion, bicycle rental, open-air concerts in Sony Square (Praça Sony) and the city’s tallest building Torre Vasco de Gama. The gardens are another great attraction and the Garcia de Orta Garden and the Water Garden shouldn’t be missed out.

Ending your day by having dinner in the restaurants area of the Park is highly recommended.