There are many wonders to know when visiting Lisbon, the gardens are undoubtedly among them. We have some suggestions that need to be on your itinerary.
Lisbon is a multicultural and diverse city, where heritage, culture, the natural world and art go hand in hand.
While you enjoy your stay in Lisbon, you know you have an almost infinite range of itinerary options in which you could easily get lost.
If you feel called by Nature, the city’s gardens are a must-see. These lungs of the capital are places of great natural beauty, where the green of the trees and the peacefulness of the environment are often mixed with events or artistic street expressions.
At Luzeiros Suites, we think there are many gardens worth visiting in the city, but for us, these 6 are almost mandatory:
1. Jardim do Torel
In the Colina de Santana you can find the emblematic Jardim do Torel, a renovated space with a beautiful landscape which invites you to enjoy the long lawns and relax, or even have a picnic.
The aromas are intense and aromatic, bringing memories of lavender and verbena and referring it to the poets and singers who have already praised the space with their artistic expressions. The sculptures, the gazebo and the pond in this garden are some of its other memorable features.
2. Jardim Botânico da Ajuda
The entrance to this garden is payed, but cheap and deserving of every cent! Founded in 1768, it is located near the Palace of Ajuda and was the first Botanical Garden in Portugal. This project was completed by the italian botanist, Domingos Vandelli, who developed it at the request of King D. José to use it to teach the princes here. This garden, with an area of 3.5 ha, is divided by two terraces. On the upper deck, with a breathtaking view over the Tagus River, you can find a remarkable botanical collection and on the lower deck, an ornamental walkway with boxwood, where there are plenty of carved stone elements and fountains.
3. Jardim da Estrela
The 18th century origin of Jardim da Estrela refers to the old “Passeio da Estrela”. With a romantic inspiration and built in the style of english gardens, it has an area of 4.6 ha, and can be visited every day of the year.
With one of its six entrances facing the Basilica da Estrela, this garden has multiple attractions, pay attention to the statuary elements, the wrought iron gazebo, the fountain and the lake where the ducks and carps delight those who visit it.
Surrounded by several points of touristic attractions, in this garden, where the fauna and flora coexist harmoniously, you will also find a playground, a kiosk and a caffé.
4. Jardins da Gulbenkian
The Gulbenkian Gardens are one of the most acclaimed places in Lisbon and there are several reasons for this to happen.
In addition to the great natural beauty of the garden and its long lawns, which invite you to relax or have picnics, this space has been the stage for many artistic activities, either of music, poetry or theater. Get to know the history of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation here.
These gardens also have a pleasant caffé that allows you to get to know the daily life of the city.
5. Parque Florestal de Monsanto
The Parque Florestal de Monsanto is one of the unmissable places for those who love nature. It extends to six different parishes and with more than 900 ha of forest, the Lisbon lung is a perfect place for running, hiking, cycling or relaxing a little.
Here, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the natural world or to get a workout done by taking advantage of the climbing walls, the mountain bike trails, the pedestrian trails and the bike path.
6. Estufa Fria
In Parque Eduardo VII, which is itself an emblematic garden, you will find Estufa Fria, a green space created at the beginning of the 20th century, getting its name from the concern of keeping its sensitive species in the shade.
In this space you will find several botanical species that are divided into the three sections of the greenhouse: the greater greenhouse, the hot greenhouse and the sweet greenhouse.
The immense beauty of the space put together with the rich heritage, makes it a must-visit place in Lisbon.