Belem-The age of discovery

A sunset stroll along the Tagus river punctuated by fascinating stories of conquest, Empire revolution and the world famous Pasteis de Belem- a perfect way to end your Lisbon adventure.


Lisbon without the sea is nothing. Penned in by their larger and more aggressive neighbours, the Spanish; in order to expand Portugal had no choice but to look towards the Atlantic. We will discuss how Lisbon created its three Empires (Asia, Africa, America). We will learn about Bartolomeo Dias, the first man to round the Cape of Good Hope; the famous/infamous Vasco de Gama; how Christopher Columbus was ghosted by the monarchs of Portugal, and much much more. 


We will also explore the fascist dictatorship of Salazar (yes the Harry Potter character is named after him). Lisbon’s iconic April 25th bridge is inspired by the Golden Gate bridge and is definitely insta-worthy at any time of day . Then fast forward to the 21st Century and check out some of Europe’s most exciting urban art by great local graffiti artists like Vhils and Bordallo Segunda. 


And what better way to finish a day than at the LX factory: an abandoned factory complex, it has been revived in recent years and is now home to artists, boutiques and some of the best bars, restaurants and music events in the city. Or if you like your guide will walk you up to Chimera Brew Pub, one of Lisbon’s best craft breweries hidden away in an 18th Century royal carriage tunnel in the authentic quarter of Alcântara. No €7 beers or wine here, just good old fashioned Lisbon away from the swarming crowds of tourists.

NB: Last entry to the church and Monastery St. Jerome are at 5.30. If you wish to see the inside of these two sites we suggest heading down before the tour.




Meeting Point:


Large fountain in centre of Jardim da Praça Império. In front of the Monastery of St Jerome. Look for the guide with Rogue Historian sign.




Take the number 15 Tram from Praça do Comercio to the Monastery of St Jerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos”). In front of the monastery there is a large open park with a fountain in the centre. We meet on the steps on the far side of the fountain. You’ll recognise your guide as they will be holding a Rogue Historians sign. 


Tower of Belem (exterior)

Monastery of St Jerome (exterior)

Monument of the Discoveries

25th April Bridge (Lisbon’s golden gate)

Great Street art

LX factory


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