- Playing in the Tagus River at the foot of the Belem Tower
Prepare in advance
You might consider packing a lunch, as there are several beautiful patches of green in Belem that are perfect for a picnic. Let the kids run free and burn off some energy while you enjoy the lovely views of the Belem Tower, the Tagus River and the Jerónimos Monastery.
Good to know
There are very few trees for shade, so bring hats and sunscreen. The sun in Portugal is quite strong.
About This Day
Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, has so much to offer for families. This itinerary is for those days when you want to take it slow and give your kids the opportunity to roam freely. To start your day, head to Belém, the most southwest neighborhood in Lisbon, and spend some time strolling through Jardim de Belém (Belem Garden). Your kids will want to stop at Jardim Vasco da Gama, a charming little playground at the northern edge of the park. Once they've burned of some energy, continue your walk to Praca do Imperio Garden, another nice garden next to Belem Garden. Then head to the water, where you will find the photogenic Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries). From there, walk along the water towards Torre de Belém (Belem Tower), the iconic tower in the Tangus River. It's a short, stroller-friendly walk until you reach Jardim de Torre de Belém (Garden of Belem Tower). The garden is a great spot for a picnic. Let your kids run around while you appreciate the beautiful views of Belem Tower and the Tangus River. My littlest nugget especially enjoyed splashing around in the water that separates Belem Tower from Belem Garden.
Built on the Tagus River, the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) is on the water. In 1983, The Belém Tower was classified by UNESCO as a "Cultural Heritage of Humanity." One can take a tour of the tower for 12 euros; however, our family opted out of the tour. Our nuggets enjoyed playing in the Tagus River at the base of the tower and running around in the garden instead. The adults made a picnic and enjoyed the views.
DIRECTIONS From Jardim Vasco da Gama, walk towards Jardim da Praça do Império. There is a wheelchair-accessible underground path to cross the Av. Brasilia and get to the waterfront. You'll be able to see Torre de Belém (Belem Tower) from there. On your way there, you'll pass the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) and walk around the marina.