While sightseeing in Lisbon during your trip to Portugal, you will definitely want to take the time to check out Belem Palace, home of the country’s President. It is in a lovely setting, and there is much to see here. Fortunately, those who plan to do some vacationing in this area can find discount hotels in Lisbon near Belem Palace. Surrounded by lush gardens and situated on a hill that overlooks the Targus River, the palace has been occupied by the President of Portugal since 1910. Part of the structure’s charm is in its historical significance. It was built in the 16th century by Manuel of Portugal, and includes five main buildings in the front that were built in the 17th century.
Belem Palace was redecorated and made larger in the 18th century. Bursting with many works of art, including tiles and various carvings, it is a true showplace. A terraced garden is a focal point of the front palace grounds. A square in this area boasts a statue of the Viceroy of India, Afonso de Albuquerque. There is also a Presidency Museum, which features exhibits depicting the history of the Portuguese Republic. The Palace is open to visitors on Saturdays, and the museum is open every day of the week except Mondays. If you have booked one of the cheap hotels in Lisbon near Belem Palace, you can be within walking distance of this home of Portugal’s Presidents.