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Pastéis de Belém

Pastéis de Belém: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

1. Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

Explore Lisbon from East to West in a Tukxi, a small vehicle that's a mix between a tuk-tuk and a 3-wheeled scooter. This private tour combines a visit to 3 historical neighborhoods with an exploration of Belem, one of the most popular districts in the city. Your tour starts in the Old Town, where you’ll travel back in time and fall in love with the colorful neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, and Graça. Stop along the way to discover all that Lisbon has to offer, which is made especially easy by the Tukxis.   Then, follow your guide over to the west of the city along the glittering river Tejo to arrive at Belem, where many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages.  Here, you can admire Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries, 3 of the most astonishing buildings in Portugal. If there’s time, end your tour with a visit to the world-famous Pasteis de Belem and try some of their delicious custard tarts.

Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

2. Lisbon: Guided Walking, Biking, Tram, and Boat Tour

Explore Lisbon on a guided walking tour through areas like Downtown Lisbon and the Alfama District. Ride a yellow tram to Bairro Alto and peddle with a bike along the Tagus River. Try a traditional pastry and see the Belém tower. Meet your guide in Rossio Square and immerse yourself in Lisbon's history on a guided walking tour. Stroll to Restauradores Square to climb aboard the Elevador da Glória, a famous yellow tram that will take you to Bairro Alto where you can admire city views at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint. Walk to the oldest Jesuit church in the city, Church of St. Roque. See ruins of the Carmo Convent which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. Make your way to Downtown Lisbon, the historic and commercial center of the city. Head to the Alfama District and get lost in the architecture and history of the Cathedral of Lisbon. Follow your guide to Praça do Comércio square which opens to the south to the immense estuary of the Tagus River where Kings and Heads of State used to disembark on state visits. Hop aboard a well-maintained bike and begin your ride on flat paths along the Tagus River. See the iconic April 25th bridge and the modern architecture of the MAAT Museum. Upon arriving in Belém, immerse yourself in the 16th-century Manueline-style artwork of the Jerónimos Monastery. Taste a traditional pastel de belém (Portuguese custard tart) at the shop "Pastéis de Belém" which was founded in 1837. Follow your guide to the Padrão dos descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the most important Portuguese navigators. View the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belem Tower, which defended the city from maritime attacks in the 16th century. Finish your tour with a dreamy boat ride along the Tagus river. Relax as you take in the city from the water until you reach Praça do Comércio and end your tour.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

3. Lisbon: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Admire Lisbon's historical center on a boat cruise from the city center to Belém. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee in Lisbon for 1 hour, free of traffic noise and congestion, and providing unmissable photo opportunities.  Get incredible views of the city’s famous landmarks from the water vantage points, including the Terreiro do Paço, an impressive 18th century building, the Cristo Rei Sanctuary, the 25th April Bridge, and the strikingly modern MAAT building. Easily listen to fascinating information about the city's history and each landmark you sail past through the available guide app. Glide onward to Princesa Pier, where you will dock at the end of your cruise. From here, hop off the boat to explore the exciting Belém neighborhood, and try a traditional pastel de Belém.

Lisbon Half-Day Private Tour

4. Lisbon Half-Day Private Tour

During your Lisbonhalf-day tour visit all the main sites and monuments of the Belém area, including Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and Discoveries Monument. Enjoy some free time to visit the famous pastry shop “Pastéis de Belém” and taste its delicious pastry. Explore the Lisbon Castle, Lisbon Cathedral and the surrounding traditional neighborhood of Alfama. Marvel at the biggest park of Lisbon, Edward the VII Park and see the most beautiful squares and avenues, like the Restauradores, Rossio and Avenida da Liberdade. Cross the 25th April Bridge, and visit the King Christ Statue on the opposite side of the Tejo River. Do all of this with a very knowledgeable, experienced, and fun driver, in a magnificent Mercedes vehicle

Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: 4-Hour Private Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour

This is a sightseeing tour that includes everything you must see in Lisbon. It will give you a complete overview of the most important landmarks of the city. In this 4-hour ride, you will be able to experience the old districts, visit monuments full of history and see breathtaking views. Graça, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Belem are must-see neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital and can be explored in a relaxed and comfortable way on board of an electric tuk-tuk. And as flavors are also a great way to know a city - enjoy our offer of a traditional liquor at one of the stops. The tuk-tuk is a very versatile way to move around the hills of Lisbon, as it gets access to sites where touristic buses are not allowed, considering the geography of the city. You can also count on the live explanation of your professional storytellers. Be prepared for a fun adventure but also for lots of history and contemporary culture.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Historic Tuk Tuk Tour

6. Lisbon: 3-Hour Historic Tuk Tuk Tour

Cruise Lisbon by tuk tuk and effortlessly see many of the city's best sites in a short amount of time. Your expert guide will take you to the best views, photo opportunities and most interesting places. Stops include the Lisbon Cathedral, Saint Anthony Church, the Castle neighborhood, Saint Vincent Monastery and many more.  Feel the pulse of the romantic city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts. You'll enjoy the wonderful view from the Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint and visit the fabulous Estrela Basilica, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Lisbon. Get to know the narrow streets of Bairro Alto, where the night is full of charm and excitement as countless bars and restaurants bustle with patrons. Then, ride on to Jeronimos Monastery and visit its church. Get acquainted with the Belem Tower, where the Portuguese caravels set sail to Brazil in 1500. Finally, take some time to enjoy the monument dedicated to the Portuguese discoveries and savor one (or more) famous custard tarts, Pasteis de Belem. 

Lisbon: Half-Day Night Group Tour w/ Fado Dinner Show

7. Lisbon: Half-Day Night Group Tour w/ Fado Dinner Show

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon, start this panoramic tour through Marques de Pombal, Main Avenue of Lisbon, Restauradores, Rossio and Baixa Pombalina and stopping in Belem to taste the famous Pastel de Belem also known as Pastel de bata or pastry with cinnamon. Afterwards, you’ll stop at the main monuments in Belém such as the Monastery of Jeronimos and Belem Tower. Around 20:30, have dinner and see the Fado show in one of the most typical restaurants of Lisbon in Alfama neighborhood. Here, you will taste real Portuguese gastronomy. Fado, is a Portuguese variety of urban romance. This is a story or just a feeling and expresses a state of mind. Fado is one of the most characteristic elements of the Portuguese and foremost, Lisbon culture. Fado was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage lists. After the show before heading to your hotel, visit the best viewing point at Our Lady of the Mount to admire one of the best 360 panoramic views of Lisbon by night. The driver will take you through Lisbon’s historic city center on a panoramic sightseeing tour. Drive past many of Lisbon’s most historic sights magically lit for the night. The driver can stop at your request for photo opportunities and will drop you back-off.

Lisbon: Tailored Tour

8. Lisbon: Tailored Tour

Book your personal guide for one day and determine your individual tour according to your wishes. You are completely free to decide which destinations you want to visit or you can let your guide advise you and tailor the best tour to suit your interests and preferences. Whether you want to take a closer look at Lisbon historically, culinarily, culturally or architecturally, there are no limits to your imagination. Visit the sunny towns of Estoril and Cascais on the beautiful Atlantic coast, also known as the Portuguese Riviera. Or experience the mystical, literary worlds of Sintras with its fairytale castles and romantic alleys. Get an introduction to the Portuguese language or taste culinary highlights such as port wine, the famous Pasteís de Belém or the special seafood cataplana. Lisbon also offers numerous museums covering topics such as naval and shipping, modern and historical art, carriages, militaria, oriental studies and city history. Explore the oceanarium with children or sail the Tagus and the Atlantic on a historic sailing ship, enjoy a speedboat tour or tuk-tuk ride or go diving or surfing - the possibilities are endless.

Lisbon: Discovering Belém Tuk Tuk Tour

9. Lisbon: Discovering Belém Tuk Tuk Tour

Travel along the Tagus River in Belém for a 2-hour tour of Lisbon’s historic district by tuk tuk. Marvel at the grandeur of the Jerónimos Monastery and its beautiful church. Admire the Belém Tower, built on the spot where the Portuguese caravels departed in 1500 on a voyage that led to the discovery of Brazil. See the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, which is the monument dedicated to the main figures who played a major role in the Portuguese discoveries. Before leaving Belém you’ll have the opportunity to savor one or more of its famous custard tarts – the Pastéis de Belém.

Lisbon: City Highlights Minivan Tour

10. Lisbon: City Highlights Minivan Tour

Start your tour from the Marques de Pombal and head towards the baixa (downtown) passing by Ginjinha, a traditional café named after a typical drink of the capital. Climb to the top of the highest hill of Lisbon to visit the Castle of São Jorge. Along the way, pass the Se Cathedral, St. Anthony's Church, not forgetting to stop at the various viewpoints that Lisbon has to offer to contemplate the superb views of the city. Visit the old Moorish quarter of Alfama, the neighborhood where Fado was born, to see how modern life has moved through the narrow stone streets and the old picturesque houses.  After taking the chance to buy some lunch, head down to New Lisbon and Nations Park on the riverside where the Expo '98 took place, and admire the bold and futuristic architecture. Following the river, move on to Belém to see several monuments and parks dedicated to Portuguese discoverers. Visit the grand Jeronimos Monastery, home to the best Manueline architecture monument of the 16th century, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the 16th century Tower of Belém. Finish your tour in the factory of Pasteis de Bélem, also known as Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy this fabulous treat created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery, attracting millions every year. A guide will accompany you along the way, sharing stories and curiosities about the places visited.

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What people are saying about Pastéis de Belém

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with our electric Tuk-Tuk driver Nathan on our private tour. We were in Lisbon only for one day and this was the absolutely best way to experience the city in 3 hours and cannot imagine walking up and down the 7 hills or putting together a short but comprehensive itinerary on our own! With a Tuk-Tuk we were in the open air enjoying the beautiful afternoon, experienced breathtaking views at the highest vantage points, see the most historical buildings, monuments and neighborhoods, skip the line to eat those spectacular Belem pastries, and walk along the Tagus River. Nathan was an excellent driver (not easy in those congested streets and hills) and provided just the right amount of history , culture, and trivia to keep our curious minds busy without overdoing it. He is a delightful young man and our group, aged 25 to 66 , thought he was the best as he shared his love of this city along with himself. He is personable and flexible,

We rode with Penelope and she was great. We did the three hour option and it was perfect. She made sure to point out and stop at key places, but also allowed us to make decisions about where to stop and for how long. Learned a lot from her in that short time and had a great time. The tuktuk was a fun way to zip around and see many parts of the city. Penelope was very cheerful and made it a great experience for our family.

It was great to be guided in the hilly city. We accomplished so much more than I could image possible. We stopped at a few places. No rush on anything. It gave us a sense of location in a new city and we were able to figure out what places to venture later on our own. The tour guide was lovely.

Would highly recommend. We spent all four hours in the older parts of the city, which gave time to spend inside exhibitions or linger at a spot. Our guide, Joanna, was very interactive. She wanted to know what we had already seen and tailored our time accordingly.

Good overview of Lisbon with recommendations to visit later.