Pastéis de Nata, a delicious Lisbon cake

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When you visit Lisbon you shouldn’t miss its rich gastronomy. There are some traditional dishes that have a spectacular taste such as Bacalhau –cod fish- but there’s also a cake that will blow your mind: the Pastéis de Nata, or Pastéis de Belem –custard tarts-.

The original recipe of Pastéis de Nata was created before the XVIII century by the monks at Lisbons Jerónimos Monastery. At first it was only for monastery residents. But soon, after a liberal revolution, all the Monasteries where shut down. Someone from Jerónimos Monastery started making Pastéis de Nata at Casa Pastéis de Belem –a bakery in Belem- in order to survive.

Quickly the Pastéis de Nata became really popular at Lisbon and nowadays it’s the most popular cake in Portugal. A tart you should eat at least once when you go to Lisbon.

And remember you’ll feel like home at Equity Point Lisboa our youth hostel in Lisbon.

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Belem, a historical neighborhood of Lisbon

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Belem is situated where the Tajo River has its mouth to the sea in Lisbon, and that’s why it was the place where the Caravels on Christopher Columbus sailed to discover the Americas. Probably one of the most important historical spots of the city.

Most of the neighborhood was built during the reign of Manuel I of Portugal (1495-1521). He wanted to show the world his imperial power and built monuments and churches, including Belem Tower and Monasterio de los Jerónimos. It also has big streets, palaces, museums, gardens…

It’s really easy to get to the main streets of Barrio de Belem from Equity Point Lisboa, as we’re located next to Restauradores, an important transit hub. You will enjoy our Lisbon Hostel.

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