TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE | PORTUGAL Road Trip: LISBON ~ Jerónimos, Belém, Boca & Cascais

PORTUGAL Road Trip: LISBON ~ Jerónimos, Belém, Boca & Cascais

December 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016


Our 3rd day in Lisbon, and today it's about seeing a few more sites then hitting up a beach somewhere to enjoy the sun. 


JERÓNIMOS MONASTERY


With limited time in Lisbon, the Belém area is a must even if only for the Pasteis de Belém but the monastery is a must see if you have any interest in architecture, art or history. Probably the number one tourist spot in Lisbon, therefore expect the lines to be long all day, every day.

The design and detailed craftsmanship is world class, and is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture I have ever seen. The monastery is also the home to the tombs of several notable Portuguese figures such as Vasco da Gama, Alexandre Herculano, Luis de Camoes and some of the kings of Portugal. Free to enter and wander around, tours are also available at a small cost. 

 

Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneFIrst stop of the day First stop of the day — Pastéis de Belém


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAlways busy, even first thing in the morning — Pastéis de Belém Always busy, even first thing in the morning — Pastéis de Belém


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTime to check out Jerónimos Monastery Time to check out Jerónimos Monastery


Jerónimos MonasteryLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAmazing from the outside Amazing from the outside


Jerónimos MonasteryLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAnd from the inside And from the inside


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAmazing architecture, and the Tomb of Vasco da Gama was quite impressive Amazing architecture, and the Tomb of Vasco da Gama was quite impressive


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneJerónimos Monastery viewed from Jardim da Praça do Império Jerónimos Monastery viewed from Jardim da Praça do Império


TAGUS RIVERWALK


This 7 km promenade that stretches from Praça do Comércio to the Belém district can easily take a full day. We've opted to do the small stretch between the monastery and the tower, and even along this small stretch the riverwalk is dotted with all kinds of places offering fun, food and a little bit of culture.

The Love Monument
a freestanding grid installation provides a safe (as opposed to bridges, which are so not safe) place for peeps to hang their locks while looking out over the Tagus River. It's located at the base of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), a site designed to commemorate Portuguese explorers. Free to look at, but there's a € 4 entrance fee if you want to check out inside. 

 

Walking long the Tagus RiverLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWalking long the Tagus River Love Monument on the Tagus Riverwalk


Thousands of Love Locks attached to the Love Sculpture at Tagus RiverwalkLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThousands of Love Locks attached to the Love Sculpture at Tagus Riverwalk Thousands of Love Locks attached to the Love Monument on the Tagus Riverwalk


Marina de Belém Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMarina de Belém Marina de Belém


The wind rose design in front of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)
Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThe wind rose design in front of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) The wind rose design in front of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)


Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) and Ponte 25 de Abril
Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePadrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) and Ponte 25 de Abril Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) and Ponte 25 de Abril


I guess it's  thing to go fishing in the Tagus RiverLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI guess it's thing to go fishing in the Tagus River I guess it's  thing to go fishing in the Tagus River


The Belem LighthouseLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThe Belem Lighthouse The Belem Lighthouse


Enjoying the sites along the Tagus, on our way to the Belem TowerEnjoying the sites along the Tagus, on our way to the Belem Tower Enjoying the sites along the Tagus, on our way to the Torre de Belém


TORRE DE BELÉM


We finally reached the Torre de Belém, which seems to be on every tourist's hit list, and rightfully so. Built between 1514 and 1520 to protect from attacks from the sea, this ancient tower (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) has such an elaborate design and of course has fantastic photo ops.

Line up to go in was a bit long, so we decided to sit outside, enjoy the view and treat ourselves to drinks via the many drink stands beside the tower.

Interesting tidbit: the tower was actually built in the middle of the river until an earthquake shifted the river's route.  

 

Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTorre de Belém Torre de Belém


I think that long walk deserves a cocktail or twoLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI think that long walk deserves a cocktail or two I think that long walk in the heat deserves a cocktail or two


Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMaybe this is better option to hydrate Maybe this is better option to hydrate


Torre de BelémLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTorre de Belém Torre de Belém


Enjoying the views beside the Torre de BelémLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneEnjoying the views beside the Torre de Belém Enjoying the views beside the Torre de Belém


Gago Coutinho Seaplane — Monument to first Portuguese Atlantic flightLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneGago Coutinho Seaplane — Monument to first Portuguese Atlantic flight Gago Coutinho Seaplane — Monument to first Portuguese Atlantic flight


No way we're walking back, it's Tuk-Tuk timeLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneNo way we're walking back, it's Tuk-Tuk time No way we're walking back to Alcantara, it's Tuk-Tuk time


BOCA DO INFERNO


So, it's time to find a beach to spend a few hours doing...nothing. Along the way, we stop at Boca do Inferno, or "Mouth of Hell". Don't let the name freak you out. It's an unbelievably gorgeous spot where you feel mother nature's beauty... and power.

The cliffs, the rock formations and the strength of the ocean when the waves crash through the "mouth" (basically a big-ass rock with whole in the middle leading into a circular cave-like area) makes it worthy of its name. 

 

A quick stop at Boca do Inferno (cliff formation close to Cascais)Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneA quick stop at Boca do Inferno (cliff formation close to Cascais) A quick stop at Boca do Inferno (cliff formation close to Cascais)


Boca do Inferno Boca do Inferno


Enjoying watching the waves hit the rock formationsLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneEnjoying watching the waves hit the rock formations Enjoying watching the waves hit the rock formations t Boca do Inferno


CASCAIS


Since we'd already spent 4 days lazing on Algarve beaches, we're going through a bit of withdrawal. We're told to head to Cascais or Estoril, both are popular coastal towns just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Lisbon.

We check out the 
Cidadela de Cascais, then look for a spot along the coast. There's beaches everywhere, but trying to find a spot is another story.

It's 5pm and it seems instead of going out for a happy hour drink after work like us Montrealers, these folks, spend their happy hour at the beach. Tons of peeps dressed in business suits, strip down to their skivvies, pull a beach towel out of their briefcase and find a little slice of sand. How I wish this was an option for an after work happy hour at home!   

 

Another quick stop at the Cidadela de CascaisLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAnother quick stop at the Cidadela de Cascais Another quick stop at the Cidadela de Cascais


Dom Carlos I MonumentLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDom Carlos I Monument Dom Carlos I Monument


Peninsular War statue in front of the fortressLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePeninsular War statue in front of the fortress Peninsular War statue in front of the fortress


Time to find a beach to park our asses on for the rest of the day — CascaisLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTime to find a beach to park our asses on for the rest of the day — Cascais Time to find a beach to park our asses on for the rest of the day — Cascais


Maybe this beach?Lisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMaybe this beach? Maybe this beach?


Found a beach — not like it was that hard to find — beaches are everywhereLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneFound a beach — not like it was that hard to find — beaches are everywhere Found a beach — not like it was that hard to find — beaches are everywhere


Snagged a perfect spotLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneSnagged a perfect spot Snagged a perfect spot


I could get used to thisLisbon, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI could get used to this I could get used to this


Well that's that for day 3 in Lisbon, more.... coming soon!


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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