A wonderful atmosphere and beautiful monuments await you in beautiful Lisbon.
Walking along the banks of the Tagus, the suggestive river that crosses the Lusitanian capital, the beauty of the Belem Tower certainly does not go unnoticed. Built in the 1500s by the will of King John, the Tower played the triple role of the city’s lighthouse, a fortress in defense of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery and a toll payment point for ships entering the city port.
The monument, which integrates Venetian and Arab architectural elements, is a great example of the typical Manueline style, and is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Since 2007 it has been included among the Seven Wonders of Portugal, together with the Monastery.
The rhino on the facade is considered to be the first sculpture of this African animal ever seen in Europe. The sensation, looking at it, is that of being on the prow of a ship launched in the middle of the ocean; on the terrace you can appreciate the stone image of the Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso.
A place not to be missed during your holiday in Portugal.
The Belem Tower is located in Belém, a large district of Lisbon, full of colorful gardens and splendid monuments. In addition to the Tower, do not miss the Jerònimos Monastery and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
Belem is not served by the metro but can be easily reached by tram with line 15E, which connects Praça da Figueira and Algés, with departures every 10/15 minutes. It is one of the most touristic lines in Lisbon because it connects the Baixa and the Belem district. Line 18, on the other hand, stops near the Monastery, a few minutes’ walk away.
Alternatively, you can use the buses. Line 714 stops nearby. Lines 113, 144, 149, 727, 728, 729 or 751 stop near the Monastery, a few minutes away.
The Tower is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with the following times:
– From October to March, from 10:00 to 17:30.
– From April to September, from 10:00 to 18:30
Always closed on Mondays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13th, December 24th and 25th.
The standard rate entrance ticket costs €6.00 per person, from 12 years old, up to 64.
Adults aged 65 and over pay the reduced rate of €3.00.
Family discount for groups of at least 4 people. In this case, you can take advantage of a discount of 50%
Free for children up to 11 years.
Tickets can be purchased directly online on the official website.