Exploring Belem: Belem Tower

Hi guys, hope you all had a nice weekend! Today's another travel post on the blog. Whenever I look at our pictures from our trip, it appears to me that we really had the best time in Portugal. It's such a wonderful country! You should definitely add it into your travel bucket list! The places we visited were incredible.I'm dreaming of visiting other places in the country such as Porto and the beautiful beaches in Algarve, I heard these regions are breathtaking.

Back to the topic of this post,this is going to be the last part of our Belem travel series. On my last post on the blog, I shared pictures from the Monument to the Discoveries. Today, the star of the blog is the Belem Tower or Torre de Belem in Portuguese! After visiting the Discoveries Monument, we walked by the coast to visit the tower. Located at the bank of Tagus river,this fortified medieval defensive tower, was built between 1515 to 1521. It served as a war fortress to guard the entrance to the harbor of Lisbon. This iconic tower has been used as a symbol of Portugal by their tourism industry for many years.

The tower does not have much to see on the inside, it was rather disappointing. I suggest that you buy the ticket (6 euros per person) depending on the weather because, really, you'll only enjoy the panorama you can behold from the top. When we were there, the weather was amazing, it was bright and sunny.Belem tower provides a great estuary view of the Tagus River, the local monuments and museums around the  its surrounding area and ofcourse the 25 Avril bridge.The architecture style of the tower has a Moorish influence. I'll be sharing our visit to the Castle of the Moors on the blog soon, so you'll see what I mean by this.

Overall, we really enjoyed our visit, my only complain is the disorganized system of going up the tower.We spent a long time waiting to be herded up and down the steep and tiny spiral staircase. Anyway, even without going inside, it was already a pure joy  watching the tower in its glory. This is another building not to be missed (if the weather is right) when visiting Lisbon.

I hope you enjoyed my travel post about Belem! Belem is definitely worth a side trip out of Lisbon.It is a place with lots of history and beautiful sites. We spent more than half a day in this area as it was lovely to walk around even after visiting the historical sights. There are few good spots for a coffee, we also spotted a Starbucks coffee shop if you don't want to get out of your comfort zone and try real Portuguese espresso! hehe I can't wait to share the beautiful and magical town of Sintra, Portugal on the blog.

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