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[Travel Diary] Europe 2018 | 9. Belem, Lisbon

Belem Tower, Lisbon
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Day 5

20.3.2018 (Tuesday)

Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Belém – The heart of Portuguese history

Part B

We left Cascais reluctantly. It’s awesome to find that a place where you hadn’t expected much turned out to be absolutely stunning. I guess Cascais was just that magical.

The train ride from Cascais back to the city centre of Lisbon runs along coastal line. Waves slowly lapped against the shore and the sun was about to set. Everything seemed perfectly peaceful and calming. Since we’d pass by Belém, we thought it was a good idea to visit Belém Tower (Torre de Belém).

Built on the northern bank of Tagus, Belém Tower was part of the Tagus estuary defence system. Visitors could walk up to the charming little fort but alas, luck was not on our side that day! The little bridge connecting the bank and the fort closed at 5pm, we were there slightly late (5:07pm)! As one of the Lisbon’s finest attractions, the exterior of the tower was definitely a sight to behold!

Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon
Belem Tower, Lisbon

Another (great) reason to visit Belém was Pastéis de Belém, the home to original Portuguese egg tart pastry. Do not let the long queue in front of the shop to upset you! (The crowd was waiting in line to buy takeaway) To dine in, there was literally no queue at all. We did not want to exaggerate. The tarts were the finest we’ve ever tasted, we ordered four pieces and all of them vanished in no time.

Pasteis de Belem
Portuguese Egg Tart at Pasteis de Belem

Pasteis de Belem
Address: R. de Belém 84 92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal (Google Maps)
Website: https://pasteisdebelem.pt/
Opening Hours: 8AM~9PM

After a fulfilling seafood dinner, we took a bus back to Lisbon city centre and called it a day. Phew! Such a fruitful day!

Seafood dinner at Belem

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