Lisbon is Europe's second-oldest capital (after Athens), once home to the world's greatest explorers, like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator, becoming the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents -- from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). The former launch pad for many of the world's greatest voyages is now where modern travelers discover.
Lisbon is definitely one of Europe's most soulful, captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle.
Belem is the charming district to the west of central Lisbon, and is the setting for many of the capital’s most iconic tourist attractions. The Belem district makes for an enjoyable half day excursion, and combines historic monuments, fascinating museums and attractive formal gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary.
In Belem you can stroll along the Tejo Estuary where you can find the Pedrao dos Descobrimentos, explore the delightful Torre de Belem, with its decorative battlements and Arabic design, marvel at the extravagance of the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos or eat a Pastéis de Nata at the traditional home of the pastry.