Belém is synonymous with history and the Portuguese discoveries. It was from this historic location that the great adventurers set sail in their fragile caravels, on a mission to discover the world. The Mosteiro do Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) and Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are Manueline-style monuments, whose imposing architectural wealth transports us back to the heyday of the Portuguese Empire.
Why not taking a cooling stroll amongst the gardens and fountains of the Praça do Imperio, which lies between the two monuments? Although altogether more contemporary in nature, the Centro Cultural de Belém (Belém Cultural Centre), with its numerous exhibitions and cultural events, should also be on your must-see list.
At the Coach Museum you can enjoy the dazzling, extensive and quite unique collection of coaches and accessories. On your way there, pick up a Pastel de Belém (Belém pastry), one of the city's most famous edible titbits and now well-known all over the world.