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Belem Tower

The gateway to Lisbon. Visit this UNESCO-protected fortification tower, built during the Portuguese Renaissance.

Belem Tower: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

1. Lisbon: Daytime/Sunset/Night City Sailboat Tour with Drinks

Embark on an unforgettable 2-hour Lisbon city cruise on the Tagus River with a live commentary from the crew. Discover the city’s beautiful waterfront scenery on a sailboat while admiring numerous historical monuments and iconic landmarks along the way.  Be greeted by your skipper, who will help you settle comfortably into the sailing boat at the loading pier. Toast with a welcome drink and set off to discover Lisbon's waterways, first passing the triumphant Monument to the Discoveries. Glide under the grandiose 25 of April Bridge and look up to catch a glimpse of the Cristo-Rei Statue looking out onto the waters. As you take in the stunning sights of buildings, bridges, and ships, listen to the crew tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing by.  Continue aboard your Lisbon boat tour to the historical city center, where you will get incredible views of Commerce Square, Basilica da Estrela, and the emblematic Castle of Sao Jorge, sitting atop Lisbon's highest peak.  To round off your Lisbon cruise, catch an up-close glimpse of the unique serpentine-like architecture of the MAAT Museum and the iconic Belém Tower. If you have chosen the relevant option, you will also experience the city lit up at golden hour, followed by a beautiful sunset.

Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

2. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado• Royal Treasure Museum / Museu do Tesouro Real 

Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

3. Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

Climb aboard a luxurious yacht for a 1 or 2-hour sailing tour of the coast of Lisbon, departing from the Doca do Bom Sucesso near the historic Belém Tower. Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Tagus River, passing the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city for an appreciation of its maritime and fishing traditions, along with its strategic importance in the defense of Portugal against attack in less peaceful times. Your enthusiastic and experienced skipper will share their knowledge of sailing the Atlantic and Tagus Estuary, as well as provide stories of Lisbon and its surrounding coastline. Your safety is a top priority at all times. Relax on board the stylish boats, which are between 7 and 18 meters long, and feature onboard toilet facilities, a kitchenette, and a CD/MP3/radio audio system to provide the soundtrack to your experience. Choose from a 1-hour morning cruise, a 2-hour day cruise, or a romantic 2-hour sunset cruise.

From Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, & Pena Palace Trip

4. From Lisbon: Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, & Pena Palace Trip

Embark on a trip back in time on this day trip from Lisbon as you explore the luxurious estate of Quinta da Regaleira, the royal residence of Pena Palace, and the historic landmarks of the town of Sintra. Stop to relax in the seaside town of Cascais. Meet your guide at Plaza Don Pedro IV in Lisbon and drive off to your first stop. Tour the gardens and palace of Quinta da Regaleira, a Romantic construction surrounded by lakes, grottoes, and fountains. Head over to Pena Palace, just a few kilometers away. Discover the ancient castle, which was one of the favorite residences of the royal family throughout the 19th century. Contemplate the fairytale-style building and learn about its history, from the original Convent of the Jeronimos to the castle built from its ruins for Maria II. Enjoy some leisure time to stroll through Sintra and purchase lunch if you're feeling hungry. Your guide will be glad to recommend the best places and most iconic dishes in the area. After lunch, begin a guided tour of the main landmarks of Sintra, and hear about local secrets and stories.  Finally, visit the quaint village of Cascais which is linked to the Portuguese royalty that once summered here. Walk along beautiful beaches, mansions, museums, and photogenic streets. Return to Lisbon at the end of your day trip.

Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

5. Lisbon: Sailing Tour on the Tagus River

Discover Lisbon from a boat as you set sail on the Tagus river. See the most famous landmarks of the city and enjoy a relaxing time on the water. Board your sailboat at the Doca do Bom Sucesso Marina. Sail down the Tagus river and pass by the Monument of Discoveries underneath the 25 de Abril Bridge. Continue onto the river Tejo and admire Lisbon's many different architectural styles. On the journey back to the marina you’ll pass by the Christ the King statue on the south bank, as well as the Belem Tower monument. If you’ve selected the sunset option you’ll have the chance to witness the sunset over the Lisbon skyline – a romantic view perfect for couples. You can choose to help the crew sail the boat (no experience necessary), or simply relax on deck.

Lisbon: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

6. Lisbon: 1-Hour Beer or Sangria Bike Sightseeing Tour

Board your colorful yellow beer bike then set out on an exciting sightseeing venture around the streets of Lisbon. Pedal to some of the city’s most famous sights and attractions including the Tejo River, Torre de Belem, Monument of the Discoveries, 25 de Abril Bridge, and more. As you ride around the city, make unforgettable memories with your friends and enjoy a selection of drinks from the onboard bar including craft beers, tasty sangria, soft-drinks, and water.  Enhance the experience and bring your own music along too which can be connected to the bar’s speakers, or listen to the tour’s preselected playlist with accompanying lights. The tour lasts approximately 1-hour, with a toilet break every 15-minutes. The bike is suitable for up to 18 passengers, with 10 people pedaling, plus your friendly guide who ensures your fun and safety throughout.

Lisbon: From East to West Private Tour by Tukxi

7. 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 3-hour private tour combines a visit to 3 historical neighborhoods with an exploration of Belem, one of the most popular districts in the city, making it the perfect way to get the most out of the city when you don’t have much time.   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: Sunset River Cruise with Live Music, Drink & Snack

8. Lisbon: Sunset River Cruise with Live Music, Drink & Snack

Get a different perspective of Lisbon on a sunset cruise on the Tagus River. Watch as the city and its monuments gain new colors as daylight fades. Take in the views while you savor an included drink and snack, and let yourself go to the sound of the live music on board. Make your way to the meeting point, then board the yellow boat. Feel the breeze coming off the blue Tagus as you set off on the river. Sense the city rhythm change from the sounds of daily hustle and bustle to the sunset vibes aboard. Prepare to be surprised by the riverside views of the most iconic monuments and sights in the city, such as the Comércio Square, the Statue of Christ the King, the Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, and MAAT — the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology. As you cruise, enjoy 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink with 1 snack as you listen to the live music. An onboard bar is also available if want further refreshments. For your drink, choose from a glass of Mateus Rosé red fruit sangría, Mateus Rosé wine, port, draught beer, or non-alcoholic options that include water, sodas, and coffee. For the snack, select between sweet potato, croquettes, samosas, and codfish cakes. 

Lisbon: Classic Boat Sunset Tour With Drink

9. Lisbon: Classic Boat Sunset Tour With Drink

After meeting at the ticket office and boarding, the skipper will take you towards Cristo-Rei as you enjoy a delicious welcome drink. On the way, you will be able to view the Cais das Colunas, or 'Columns Pier', admire the architecture of the 25 Abril Bridge from a unique perspective, and pass by the Tower of Belém. You'll also see the Gerónimos Monastery, the Discoveries Monument, the Electricity Museum, the architecture of Amanda Levete Architects, the MAAT. Alcântara and its Doca de Santo Amaro. To finish, admire the Commerce Square and Cais das Colunas illuminated.

Lisbon: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

10. Lisbon: City Center and River 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Experience the history of Lisbon via a modern mode of transport. Using a self-balancing Segway, you can explore at your own pace and see more than you would on foot or a sightseeing bus. The Segway moves by responding to simple body movements and quickly feels like a natural extension of yourself. This experience to remember will get you up close to historic landmarks without breaking out in a sweat! You can take the tour alone, with friends, or with family. On arrival, you will be asked to choose from one of the following itineraries on your day of travel: Lisbon by the River; Alfama Tour; or Baixa Chiado. Explore the city cycle path near the River Tagus, where you can get up to full speed. Look out for historic attractions, such as the Santo Amaro Docks, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, and more. 

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What people are saying about Belem Tower

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12,965 reviews

We did this as a family of 5 with 3 kids ages 8, 10, 13. Process was very organized! Boat was excellent - clean, lots of room, a bathroom, blankets, and a fun hammock net over the water that the kids loved. Crew was nice and friendly! One drink was included which was enjoyable, plus you could buy additional. Slight downside was that this was “sightseeing” only - no verbal explanations of what we were looking at unless you asked crew specifically, but I think this was mentioned in description.

The Lisboa Card is a very useful tool to visit and move around the city. The means of transport (trams, metro and buses) work very well and it takes very little to get from one district to another. In addition, the card allows free admission to many museums, panoramic points and other tourist attractions and offers convenient discounts.

It was an unforgettable experience. Even more so thanks to an amazing skipper Benny who was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information about Lisbon during the cruise. Thank you!

Silvia has been such an amazing guide. Every stop was detailed & all questions answered. I highly recommend her for your future tour in Lisbon!

The father and son crew was excellent. We enjoyed the trip and the guide was very knowledgeable