There’s almost nothing more iconic in Lisbon than the Torre de Belém. Built-in the 16th century, this gothic tower sits along the Tagus River as a symbol of wartime Lisbon. As sailors went out to sea, the watchtower was the last thing they saw when they left, and the first thing they saw when upon returning. See the Belém tower for yourself during your next trip to Lisbon.
Be awed by the ornate craftsmanship of the Jerónimos Monastery. This monastery turned church has played a pivotal role in the history of Lisbon and was constructed in the 15th century. It is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. The monastery’s ornate gothic architecture and maritime motifs have come to be known as Manueline, a style that served to glorify the discoveries of the age.
No trip to Lisbon would be complete without trying a pastéis de nata. Almost as famous as the city itself, these custard tarts are a must when you visit this city. These deliciously soft and flaky pastries can be savored at any time of day. A few bakeries claim to have the best, including Pastéis de Belém, home of the original custard tart recipe, Manteigaria, and Confeitaria Nacional, Lisbon’s oldest pastry shop. The best way to settle this controversy is to try them all for yourself!