Lisbon, Portugal - Belém

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Belem in Lisbon, PortugalRossio Square, a popular place among locals to dine, shop, and relax

We took the bus towards Belém, a beautiful area mixed with historic buildings, including a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and modern infrastructure situated along the riverbank that flows to the Atlantic Ocean.

Pastéis de Belém, a delicious pastry shop most famous for its Portugese egg tarts. Thick, hard flakes surround the soft custard center. Although a long line, stretching about half a block, formed by the time we arrived, all orders were processed very quickly and we bought various pastries to try for lunch.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jeronimos Monastery) from the late 15th century

Tower of Belém, used in the 16th century for Portuguese maritime defense and as a symbol of Portugal's Age of Discovery

Loja Das Conservas is a small shop by the coast that sells what Portugal is best known for - canned fish. We stumbled upon this small shop on our way to Alfama, another old town in Lisbon. I've never had canned sardines before and have always heard that they taste and smell bad, but are surprisingly so delicious! They sell canned sardines, mackerels, tuna, and bass in different sauces and spices. These canned fish are part of the Portuguese daily diet, and if I could, I would eat them on a daily basis because they are that good.

More to my travels through Lisbon
Lisbon Portugal - The Colors of Alfama
Lisbon, Portugal - Cabo da Roca

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  1. Glad to see you're bringing this back =) Always blows my mind how much of this world you've gotten to see. Keep sharing the photos!