While visiting Lisbon and Belem you really have to make time for a visit to Belem Tower. When we write “make sure to make time” we really mean it! The Belem Tower is not always open. They close it due to bad weather, but when we were there, it was closed even in great weather.
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Belem Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There is something special about places that get on the UNESCO- list don’t you agree? The Belem Tower is a really amazing piece of architecture. Sure it was built to keep Lisbon safe and all of that but I am more impressed by its location and the symbol that it is for the city.
The tower itself is located out in the water (not far out though). To get there you will need to walk a bridge out to the tower. If the weather is bad or the water is choppy, they will close for the day. Make sure to go to the tower as soon as you arrive and if it is open – go inside. This is not the place where you want to plan, because it might be closed.
Just go there first thing…
We spent about a month in Lisbon and I would say that half of that time, the tower was closed. Sometimes we felt the wind and understood why they closed it. Safety first is important, right 😏. But other times, it was really nice weather and it was still closed. The sign said that it was due to bad weather conditions, but who knows.
A lot of people just go there and photograph it from the outside. We would recommend you to go inside and check it out. It costs six euros to enter and then you have to walk 93 steps (if my mother counted right). It is steep and it is narrow but it is worth it!
Listen to the guidelines at the Belem Tower
As I mentioned, the steps up to the top are narrow and steep. The tower itself is only about 30 meters high so that is not that high. Once you reach the top and have enjoyed the view from the top, you need to wait for the light to turn green so that you can walk down again. There is no room to meet and pass each other while walking the stairs so make sure to wait for the light to turn green.
On the bright side, the 93 steps are not all made in one walk. There are a few stops along the way where you can catch your breath and relax for a bit.
Our visit to the Belem Tower
We were here with my mother and it was quite crowded during our visit. Mom got a bit afraid of the stairs. Once we hit the top, she got anxious about the walk down. But once we started getting back down again, she was totally fine!
This is a really nice place. Sure there are a lot of other places in Lisbon that even might be nicer. But this is an important monument to explore!
Information about Belem Tower
Address: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 17.30. Mondays closed.
Entrance fee: 6 euros.
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