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Free Tour Age of Discoveries (Belém)

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian
Guru: Take
Quality Verified Registered on February 19, 2020

Take is a small local company that wants to show its cities to the world. We have a team of talented and passionate guides who want to show you the nooks and crannies, secrets and stories of our unforgettable city. Come and discover Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Guimarães and all the charms and charisma of Portugal. 2018, 2019 & 2020 Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Dive into an adventure that stretches across time and continents with our Belém Free Walking Tour, Lisbon's time capsule to the Age of Discovery. Picture this: you're not just walking; you're time-traveling through Lisbon's most storied district, where every corner whispers tales of daring sea voyages, exotic trades, and culinary delights that have left their mark on the world.

Our escapade kicks off in the lush Afonso de Albuquerque Gardens, where the genius of a vice-roy unfolds among the greenery, setting the stage for Portugal's dominion in the East. But beware, as we venture deeper, the seductive aroma of Pastéis de Belém might just hijack your senses. These legendary custard tarts are not just a treat; they're a cultural icon, a sweet emblem of Portuguese ingenuity. And while their recipe remains a monastic secret, their taste is a revelation we're eager to share.


As we glide past the majestic Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO treasure, you'll feel the golden era of Portugal pulsating through its walls. This architectural marvel is a love letter to the Age of Discovery, embodying the spirit of exploration and the intertwining of cultures.

But Belém’s heart beats not just in its pastries and palaces. It thrums with the legacy of the School of Sagres, where Prince Henry's dream gave birth to innovations that charted new courses across uncharted waters. Stand in awe before the Monument to the Discoveries, where the immense compass rose and tales of Vasco da Gama's spice odyssey unfurl the map of Portuguese bravery and brilliance.

Our journey crescendos near the iconic Belém Tower, against the backdrop of the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge, a vista that has launched a thousand ships into the unknown. Here, the spirit of discovery isn't just remembered; it's felt, urging us to explore beyond the horizon.

This Belém Free Tour is more than a walk; it's an immersive voyage that connects the dots of history, flavor, and innovation. From the strategic brilliance of Afonso de Albuquerque to the culinary legacy of the Pastéis de Belém, from the architectural splendor of the Jerónimos Monastery to the pioneering spirit of the Monument to the Discoveries, every step is a discovery, every story a treasure.

Don't just visit Lisbon; experience it with us in Belém, where every moment is an invitation to adventure, every bite a taste of history, and every sight a vision of worlds both old and new. By the end, you won't just be convinced; you'll be enchanted, eager to set sail on your own explorations. Join our Belém Free Walking Tour and capture the explorer spirit of Lisbon for yourself. It's not just a tour; it's a journey into the heart of discovery.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Palcio de Belm 1300004 Lisboa Portugal
    Palcio de Belm 1300004 Lisboa Portugal
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    Blue umbrellas next to the statue of Afonso de Albuquerque

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    Outside visit
    Jardín de Alfonso de Albuquerque

    Immerse yourself in the opulent Afonso de Albuquerque Square and Garden, a verdant tribute to the brilliant Afonso de Albuquerque, Portugal's viceroy who expanded its eastern empire with unmatched strategic acumen. This square isn't just a space; it's a celebration of Albuquerque's legacy, adorned with sculptures that bring his epic tales to life, nestled amidst exotic plants that echo the voyages that connected continents.

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    Pabellón Sala Thai

    The Thai Pavilion stands as a testament to Portugal's far-reaching trade routes, stretching from the aromatic bazaars of India to the vibrant courts of Thailand and Sri Lanka. This exquisite structure symbolizes the cross-cultural exchanges initiated by Portuguese explorers, which eventually introduced tea to Britain, courtesy of Lady Catarina of Bragança. It's a poignant reminder of how Portugal stitched the fabric of global trade and culture.

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    Pasteles de Belém

    Indulge in the legendary Pastéis de Belém, a culinary masterpiece born in Belém. Each bite of these creamy, flaky custard tarts tells a story of culinary invention, tradition, and the secret recipe guarded by the monks of Jerónimos Monastery. Tasting these delights is not just a treat; it's an essential rite of passage for any visitor to Belém, embodying the essence of Portuguese sweetness and flair.

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    Outside visit
    Beco do Chão Salgado

    Stroll down the historic Chão Salgado Alley, where the shadows of the Marquis of Pombal loom large. This alleyway whispers the tales of his iron-fisted rule, from the modernization of Lisbon to the dark days of the Távoras Massacre. His controversial legacy, marked by ruthless policies and bold urban planning, forever altered the course of Portuguese history, making this site a fascinating study in power and progress.

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    Outside visit
    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    Behold the Jerónimos Monastery, a Gothic marvel that stands as a monumental homage to Prince Henry the Navigator. This architectural jewel, with its intricate carvings and majestic cloisters, blends Christian symbolism with motifs from the sea, symbolizing the Age of Discovery's brave expeditions. The monastery is not just a building; it's a narrative in stone of Portugal's quest for new worlds, inspired by Henry's visionary spirit.

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    Praça do Império

    Praça do Império marks the site of the grand New State World exhibition of 1940, celebrating over 800 years of Portuguese resilience and innovation, from its founding in 1140 to its rebirth after Spanish rule in 1640. This sprawling plaza, with its monumental fountain and gardens, serves as a living museum of Portugal's enduring legacy and cultural pride, inviting visitors to ponder the indomitable spirit of a nation reborn.

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    Outside visit
    Rosa dos Ventos

    Stand in awe at the Compass Rose and Mappa Mundi, a sprawling homage to the navigational prowess that propelled Portugal to the forefront of global exploration. Spanning 50 meters, this intricate mosaic not only maps the routes that stitched the world together but also celebrates the adventurers who dared to dream beyond the horizon. It's a stunning visual ode to the Age of Discovery, capturing the essence of Portugal's navigational genius.

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    Padrão dos Descobrimentos

    The Monument to the Discoveries looms on the Belém waterfront as a striking tribute to the fearless explorers who expanded the known world. This towering structure, pointing boldly towards the sea, is lined with statues of Portugal's greatest adventurers, their gazes fixed on distant shores, inspiring all who visit to embrace the spirit of exploration that defines the Portuguese soul.

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    Farol de Belém

    Wander along the Tagus River Bank, where the waters that once bore caravels to new worlds now reflect the modern majesty of the 25th of April Bridge and the sanctity of the Christ the King statue. This picturesque riverside invites contemplation of Portugal's maritime glory, echoed in the feats of aviation pioneer Gago Coutinho, whose daring transatlantic flight bridged continents and skies alike.

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    Jardín de la Torre de Belém

    The Gardens of the Tower of Belém offer a tranquil retreat, a lush oasis framing the historic Belem Tower. These gardens, with their manicured lawns and panoramic views, provide a serene backdrop to the tower that once guarded the gateway to Lisbon, inviting visitors to linger and reflect on the journeys that shaped the globe.

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    Torre de Belém

    The Tower of Belém stands sentinel at the mouth of the Tagus River, a symbol of Portugal's age of maritime adventure and discovery. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its ornate Manueline architecture and battlements that have watched over centuries, is not just a tower but a beacon of the nation's enduring spirit of exploration and resilience.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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4.64
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Enrique 15 Apr 2024
Zamora

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Ha sido un tour interesantísimo, la guía muy simpática y amena, la información que nos ha dado de cada uno de los lugares ha hecho que ganará en valor la visita. Lo recomendaré a todo aquel que me diga que visitará Lisboa
Ramón 13 Apr 2024
Seville

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Estábamos un poco despistados y la experiencia ha sido inmejorable. Alicia no solo nos ha enseñado lo mejor de la zona sino que nos ha dado una visión histórica muy interesante, eso sí, de modo ameno y divertido
María 10 Apr 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Juan fue el guía, muy poco profesional su contenido. El tour se llama del descubrimiento y no le dedicó ni un minuto a hablar de ese período. Nos dijo; lean años y lugares de a donde llegaron cuando vimos el mapa. Tuvo errores conceptuales como decir que Juan el navegante diseñó las carabelas
Félix 07 Apr 2024
Málaga

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Todo perfecto, mejor de lo que esperábamos, nos a encantado
Luis 07 Apr 2024
Nord de Palma District

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
SARA ha sido lo de mejor de Belen!!!! Y eso que Belen es espectacular!!! La mejor guía que hemos tenido en Portugal, hasta mis hijos han salido súper contentos y divertidos con ella.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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Only cash payment is accepted.
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