Among the many things to see in Lisbon, one of the must-visit places is none other than Belem Tower. Also known as the Tower of Saint Visit, this picturesque 16th-century fortification sits by the water, which gives visitors quite a view. 

Travelers are allowed to enter and explore the Belem Tower. However, this whole experience can be quite a challenge if you make certain mistakes during your visit. 

Belem Tower, Lisbon, Portugal

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Here are some mistakes you shouldn't make so that your visit to Belem Tower will be a smooth and hassle-free as possible. 

Expect a Short Wait

This might be the understatement of the century, but do not come to Belem Tower and expect a short wait. This is most especially true if you decide not to come early. 

Waiting in line can take a while as they only allow a limited number of people inside the tower. If you're running on a tight schedule during your visit to Lisbon, you should always take into account the amount of time you'll spend waiting just to see a tourist attraction.

Given this, it is also recommended that you come early if you want to avoid waiting in a long line. 

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Interior of Belem Tower, Lisbon, Portugal

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Assume the Lisboa Card is Your Ticket

Belem Tower is part of the Lisboa Card, which means having the card guarantees you a free entry into the tower. However, do not mistake the mistake of lining up just with your Lisboa Card. Why? The Lisboa Card isn't exactly the ticket you need to enter. 

This was a mistake this writer and her husband nearly made during their visit. It was a good thing that, after observing the entrance to the tower, the realization eventually dawned that security wasn't letting those with Lisboa Cards in. Instead, they were told to head to the ticketing booth to show their Lisboa Card to get a ticket. 

Again, avoid wasting your turn to finally go in and go get a ticket first before lining up. 

Come Unprepared for Climbing Some Steps 

The Belem Tower's name should give you an idea that there are steps to be climbed when you finally head inside. The upper floors, which contains the tower's important rooms, can only be accessed by climbing up some relatively steep steps. It goes without saying that you have to be prepared to climb up such steps. 

This might be a problem for those with knee issues or for senior citizens. However, these stairs are not too long, and are very manageable to ascend and descend. Based on this writer's experience, fellow travelers generally don't get rude when you carefully go up and down, which is a relief for those who have to watch every step they make. 

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