Lisbon parks: the city's greenest public spaces.

The parks in Lisbon are among the city's most pleasant and attractive public green spaces. The most famous however is found outside the Portuguese capital, at Sintra. The beautiful and historic Parque do Palácio Pena is in fact part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and embraces several majestic monuments and an ancient castle. Nearer Lisbon but still out of the city is the wonderfully original Parque dos Poetas, a park themed around Portuguese and Portuguese-speaking poets and writers. Dominating the city outskirts is Parque Florestal de Monsanto, a huge wooded area known as "Lisbon's lung" criss-crossed with walking trails and known for its biodiversity. Central Lisbon's biggest green space is Parque Eduardo VII, which sits at the top of Avenida da Liberdade and dates from the early 20th century.Within the park are the famous estufas, greenhouses brimming with exotic tropical flora. Visiting the Belém Palace Gardens is a rare opportunity to explore the grounds of the presidential palace while the nearby Jardim Botânical Tropical affords encounters with flora originating from the Far East. At the top of Belém sits another tropical garden park, Jardim Botânico da Ajuda.Back in the city centre, two parks stand out, the Parque Príncipe Real, noted for its huge cedar tree, and Jardim da Estrela, arguably the prettiest and most tranquil of all Lisbon's parks.    



Arguably the prettiest of Lisbon's public green spaces, the Estrela gardens are attractive any time of year but it's during the warm summer months that the park is at its vibrant and most colourful. A lake teeming with ducks and geese is...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


This modest garden-park, laid out in 1860, is the centre point of the city's elegantly affluent Príncipe Real neighbourhood. Fragrant magnolias and robin fleck the grounds with colour and a number of statues paying homage to local figures lend...  Read More



Spread out like a verdant quilt at the top of a hill near the Palácio da Ajuda, the Ajuda Botanical Garden was laid out in 1768 and is Lisbon's oldest public park. The views from the terraces take in the river and the Ponte 25 de Abril...  Read More

Jardim Botânico Tropical
Photo courtesy of palms from Galapagos


The Tropical Botanical Garden in Belém (sometimes referred to as the Jardim Museu Agricola Tropical) is a lush oasis of exotic flora set in landscaped gardens that surround the 18th-century Palácio dos Condes da Calheta, these days used as...  Read More



Often overlooked by the general public, the gardens within Belém Palace are definitely worth discovering, not least because a guided tour of the grounds on Saturdays and Sundays also includes entrance to the palace and the Museu da Presidéncia...  Read More



Set along the northwestern edge of Parque Eduardo VII, these three estufas (glasshouses) date from 1933 and make for a pleasant diversion away from the bustle of the city. The estufa fria (cool greenhouse) is filled with shimmering tree ferns...  Read More



Named after British monarch Edward VII who toured Lisbon during a 1903 state visit to Portugal to reaffirm the Anglo-Portuguese alliance, this huge green space consists of 62 acres, making it the largest park in the city centre. It is really...  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...  Read More

Outside the City


A wonderfully designed green space themed around Portugal's greatest literary figures and those of the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) world, the "Poets' Park" combines carefully landscaped grounds with works of art from some of the county's...  Read More

Outside the City


Allow a full day to explore this beautiful and historic destination. Set on rolling hills textured by moss covered granite, the park encompasses several must-see historical sights, visitor attractions such as the Disneyland-esque Palácio de...  Read More


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