This post lists several free walking tours of Belém, a historic district of Lisbon in Portugal that is west of the main city centre and right on the Tagus River where it opens up into the Atlantic Ocean.
Thanks to its location, there is no shortage of delicious seafood or important historical attractions.
If you take a tour of Belém, you’ll learn a lot about the city’s maritime history and how Belém’s port ushered in the Age of Discovery.
You’ll also see the Tower of Belém, the massive Discoveries Monument, and the impressive Jerónimos Monastery.
This district is also where you’ll find the Pastéis de Belém, a patisserie famous for the creation of Portugal’s favorite custard cream tarts, traditionally sprinkled with cinnamon.
Each tour will stop to give you the opportunity to try one!
You can learn more about the top sights you will see on a tour in our things to do see in Belém post.
Sights and Topics Covered on Most Tours:
TIP: If you’re looking for tours that include more of Lisbon than this specific district, we have a full free walking tours post for Lisbon.
Here are the pay-what-you-like walking tours that cover Belém. Most start in the city center and take the train to Belém but you can also meet your guide in Belém.
Take Lisboa Tours offers a free tour of Belém that explains just how historically significant this district became during the Discovery Age.
You’ll also see the beautiful Gothic architecture, colorfully-tiled houses, the National Palace of Belém, Imperial Gardens, Bom Sucesso Fort, and more.
This company offers essentially the same tour as Take Lisboa. They do not offer an afternoon tour but with the exception of Mondays, their morning tour runs daily at 10:30.
Discover Walks runs a daily Belém tour called, “When Lisbon Ruled the World.”
History buffs will love learning about Portugal’s part in the Age of Discovery and seeing, among other sites, the Monument to the Discoveries that commemorates over 600 years of sailing history.
Blue Emotion runs a free tour through Belém to teach visitors about the Portuguese Empire during the Age of Discoveries. You’ll also learn about Europe’s first rhinoceros, Belém Palace, and UNESCO site Jerónimos Monastery.
If you’re looking for something a little different, there are other ways to see Belém!