The Belem District and a Fado Evening in Lisbon
The Portuguese began their exploration of the world from here at Belém therefore it’s a perfect place to begin your exploration of Lisbon. There are many things to do in Belém. It’s one of the most important neighbourhoods of Lisbon and is full of national monuments, museums, public parks, and grand buildings.You’ll finish with an excellent understanding of the history of Lisbon during the Age of Discoveries and the period of colonisation that would follow.
Fado, Lisbon’s mournful yet beguiling musical expression, is an integral part of Portuguese culture, and included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Listening to the haunting strains of this unique musical style, a combination of soulful voice and melodic guitars, should be on every visitor’s list of things to do in Lisbon. We will make it happen for you at an expertly picked venue!
per adult from
4 to 5 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Dinner - Fado show with 3 course dinner included.
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Admission to Palace
- Entry/Admission - Palacio Nacional da Ajuda
- Entry/Admission - Alfama
What's excluded :
- Everything else
- Entry/Admission - Torre de Belem
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Torre de Belem, Avenida Brasilia - Belem, Lisbon 1400-038 Portugal
Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Created by Cottinelli Telmo (1897–1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898–1975), Padrão dos Descobrimentos was first erected in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition, built with perishable materials. It had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded sculpture had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded sculpture was made of gypsum (formed of plaster and burlap, and reinforced by a wooden and iron structure).
The monument was reconstructed in 1960 to mark 500 years since the death of the Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator). This time it was made of concrete and rose-tinted Leiria stone masonry, with the sculptures made of Sintra limestone masonry.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Praca do Imperio Belém, Lisbon 1400-206 Portugal
The Jerónimos Monastery, also called Hieronymites Monastery, is along with the Tower of Belém, one of the most visited sites in Lisbon. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1983. This landmark is called Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Portuguese
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Palacio Nacional da Ajuda, Largo da Ajuda, Lisbon 1300-018 Portugal
In the first half of the 18th century, King John V planned to build a summer residence in the Ajuda hill. The building of this Royal Palace in this place, however, would take place only after the Earthquake of 1755 which destroyed the royal residence, Paço da Ribeira (Ribeira Palace), at the Terreiro do Paço (Palace Public Square). On King José I 's initiative, the Royal Palace of Ajuda was built on the grounds acquired by his father firstly as a wooden building - commonly known as the Real Barraca (the Royal Hut) which burned to the ground in 1794 - and then as the Palace as it is nowadays.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Pastéis de Belém, R. de Belém 84 92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
In the early 19th century, in Belém, right next to the Jerónimos Monastery, there was a sugar cane refinery connected to a small shop. Because of the 1820 Liberal Revolution, all Portuguese convents and monasteries were closed down years later and, consequently, all workers and clergy were expelled from them. In an attempt to survive, someone from the Monastery placed sweet pastries for sale at the small shop, which quickly became known as "Pastéis de Belém" (Belém Pastries) given the location where they were sold and the recipe remains exactly the same to this day.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Cidade Baixa, Lisbon Portugal
Baixa is the most central and renowned neighbourhood in Lisbon. It was completely rebuilt by the Marquis of Pombal after the earthquake that destroyed part of the city in the eighteenth century. The district has large classical avenues flanked by houses covered in tiles, in typical Lisbon style. Baixa is packed with stores and restaurants and is always busy during the day.
This neighbourhood houses the capital’s most emblematic squares and streets. The district starts in Restauradores Square (Praça dos Restauradores), continues up Avenida da Liberdade, through Praça Marquês de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square) and from this point forward is considered “Modern Lisbon”.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Alfama, Lisbon Portugal
Alfama is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses, which lead up the steep hill from the Tejo Estuary to the Castelo de São Jorge. Contained within this diverse and charismatic district are many of Lisbon’s most important historic buildings, including the Se Cathedral, the Castelo de São Jorge, the Panteão Nacional and the Igreja de Santo António.
Historically, Alfama was situated outside of the city walls and was associated with poverty and squalor, where only the poor and disadvantaged lived. As Lisbon grew into a major seafaring city, the district retained its lowly status as the tough and deprived district where sailors and dock workers lived. Today, Alfama has shrugged off this grim reputation, and has transformed into a fashionable and artisan district, but still retains its unique character and rich heritage.
This is where you will have your Fado evening with dinner.
Duration: 3 hours
Departure Point :Cais do Sodre, Lisboa, Portugal
Traveler pickup is offered
If you are right in the old centre we might discuss the possibility of walking since the places we will be visiting are all narrow streets and it is virtually impossible parking.Ports
- Lisbon Cruise Port - Jardim do Tabaco Quay, Doca Jardim do Tabaco Terminal de Cruzeiros de Lisboa, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 1100-651 Lisboa, Portugal
Departure Time :2:00 PM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infant seats available
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.