Lisbon’s Winter Charm – One Day in Belem
Lisbon does not have real winter. When I and my sister were there for new year’s eve, the temperature was about 10°C. Actually, we like it a lot, it was a perfect weather to take a stroll in the city. Not too warm, not too cold, not too crowded and we had blue sky and sun! unlike winter in Bremen.
We arrived at night by train from Porto. Our hostel was located in the Bairro Alto area, one of the seven hills of Lisbon. Near there you could enjoy a rooftop view to the castle from Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
In the morning, we visited the infamous Belem. Let me tell you what, it is beautiful! We went there with the tram no.15 and had to wait quite a long time until the tram arrived. There were a huge line as well, and I thought that we were really lucky it was not summer. I dont particularly like to wait in the sun with a lot of people and I could imagine what would it be inside the tram in summer. Anyway, after a short trip, we arrived at this majestic white monastry complex.
Vasco da gamma prayed here before his expedition to the east. World history anyone?
there was a huge line of people waiting to enter the monastry. It was sunny outside so my sister and I decided not to go inside and stay in the sun instead. The complex now serve as home of archeology and maritime museums. I heard it is really worth the ticket and the wait, but we were kind of impatient.
we walked through a beautiful garden with a large fountain to the monument to discoveries, Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
From this place, we could see a long suspension bridge crossing the Tejo river called Ponte 25 de Abril. This suspension looked similar to golden gate brigde, maybe because of its color.
From there, we took a walk to the west a long the river Rio Tejo to Belem tower. It is probably the most beautiful fortified building I’ve ever yet to visit. We were there by sundown and the tower is a perfect place to watch the sunset. It reminds me of Osgiliath, you know it if you are lord of the ring fans.
Belem is a very nice area to explore especially in a good weather like we had. There were some restaurants as well and cafes at the east side of the Monastry. You might need one full day if you want to visit the museums and enter the tower. But strolling in the sun along the river with your favorite people is also nice.