Another name for the Belém Line could be the “Discoveries Line”. Comprising 18 stops, this line takes you to some of the most memorable spots in a city famed for its light and exalted by writers and fado singers.
The high point of the route is Belém, where the various monuments relating to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries tell tales of bygone kings and queens. Explorer Vasco da Gama’s ships set sail from the riverside beaches here on their voyage to discover the sea route to India, and the splendour of Portugal’s once great empire can be felt in the very air you breathe. The Monastery of Jerónimos, Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), Padrão dos Descobrimentos (the Monument to the Discoveries) and the National Coach Museum are absolutely not to be missed.
And for those with a sweet tooth, we suggest you sample some of the famous Pastéis de Belem, a typical sweet Lisbon pastry.
Major Sights/ Stops:
- Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio Square, Comércio Square, Cais do Sodré, Coach National Museum, Archaeology National Museum, Naval Museum, Berardo Museum, Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, Alcântara/Docks, Ancient Art National Museum, Oriente Museum, Basílica da Estrela, City Museum, Electricity Museum, St. Anthony Church, Fernando Pessoa House, Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, El Corte Inglés, Parque Eduardo VII,Design & Fashion Museum, Puppet Museum.
Complementing the Belém Line, and ideal for fun-seekers, the Oriente Line comprises 19 stops including one next to Lisbon Zoo, at Sete Rios, and another for the Oceanarium, at Parque das Naçoes. The line starts at Marquês de Pombal Square in the very heart of the city and takes you as far as Parque das Nações, or Park of Nations, where the 1998 World Fair (Expo 98) was held. The fair truly put Lisbon, and this particular part of it, in the spotlight and today the area is considered to be the newest and most modern in the city.
The Expo 98 site houses the Lisbon Oceanarium. Designed by architect Peter Chermayeff, it is the second largest facility of its kind in the world and is a must-see for all visitors.
Our route takes us past the 7 hills of Lisbon, with the famous Bairro Alto and Chiado neighbourhoods, museums, fashion boutiques, art, antique shops, cafés, restaurants and viewpoints.
The architecture in this part of the city is very modern and many leisure areas can be seen next to the River Tagus.
Major Sights / Stops:
- Marquês de Pombal, El Corte Inglés, Twin Towers, Lisbon Zoo / Sete Rios, Oceanarium, Lisbon Casino, Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, Vasco da Gama Tower, Gare do Oriente, Poço do Bispo, Tile Museum/ Madre de Deus Convent, Estação de Santa Apolónia, Museu do Fado, Casa dos Bicos, Rua do Comércio, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Príncipe Real, Botanical Garden, Water Museum, Military Museum, St. Roque Church/Museum , National Pantheon .
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