For more than 70 years Monsanto Forest Park has been attracting city dwellers and visitors to Lisbon, all drawn by over 10 hectares of mostly eucalyptus woodland criss-crossed by running and hiking... Read More
For more than 70 years Monsanto Forest Park has been attracting city dwellers and visitors to Lisbon, all drawn by over 10 hectares of mostly eucalyptus woodland criss-crossed by running and hiking paths, mountain bike trails and pockets of landscaped gardens embellished with water features. Set on a hill west of the city centre, the park has several excellent purpose-built miradouros – lookout points – that afford superb views over the city and its environs, plus specially created recreational and picnic areas, popular with families. The parks's HQ is an environmental interpretation centre and while most of the information available is in Portuguese, there are English-speaking staff happy to impart more about the flora and fauna found in this verdant oasis, often referred to as "Lisbon's Lung".
Centro de Interpretação de Monsanto, Estrada do Barcal,
+351 21 817 0200
- Parks: "You'll need a vehicle to truly appreciate the park as public transport is sporadic and walking distances from the city centre are challenging."
- Best for Parks Because: Originally private hunting grounds, Monsanto is today a favourite destination for leisure and recreation, a retreat from the urban sprawl that is nearby Lisbon.