Belém, near Lisbon located and famous for it’s Torre de Belém or the pastéis de Belém. So we decided we had to pay it a visit!
The world wide web was not very clear about how to get there (no metro goes to Belém) but we got there (eventually).
After the Torre de Belém you have a fortress. We did not see much of it because there was a bar located there. We sat on the terrace and enjoyed the view over the Taag.
While there was a small band playing in the back, the sun was shining and we were taking a sip of our mojito it came to us that this really was a holiday and that we finally had a well-deserved vacation! Life is good.
We finished our mojito and headed back towards the centre. We still had to try the famous Pastéis de Belém and find the pink ‘castle’. It didn’t take us too long before we found the bakery that made the Pastei de Belém, the long line of tourists led us to a lovely looking old pastery.
There are two lines. The take-away/pre-payment line, where you have to make your order, pay and receive a ticket.
After that you go to the second line where you give your ticket to the staff and they’ll give you your order.
Simple and efficient. And that’s how we got to taste the famous ‘Pastéis de Belém’. We walked a bit further towards a small park, sat on a bench and tried the famous pasteries. I ate mine with a bit of cinnamon (you receive both cinnamon and sugar with your pastéis) and oh god! They tasted really good!
We shared a box of 6 pastéis with 4 girls and we did have enough. We later shared the two remaining pastéis on our way back to the airport.
Anyway there’s still more to see and do in Belèm. The monument of the discoveries + on the ground in front of it there is a giant map (which is pretty cool but be carefull of angry tourist guides…- one yelled at us because we were standing on the map while he was doing the same thing.. Ah well life goes on), also Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the church next to it has a free entrance! 🙂
Belém is worth a visit if you sould ever visit Lisbon!
What’s your favourite food? The pastéis de Belém are close to becoming one of my favourites!