✔️ 𝐌𝐲 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐛𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐊𝐒
Lisbon is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Ranging from small parks to huge gardens / hills displaying pure natural diversity, the Portuguese capital is blessed with some of the most spectacular parks and gardens, I have ever visited and I have visited many many countries on different continents.
The most renowned park is outside the Portuguese capital, in Sintra, and I did not include it here, although the first landscapes are not exactly from Lisbon, but from the Lisbon metropolis, that is, from Cascais, which is the Portuguese Riviera right next to the capital.
𝑪𝒂𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒊𝒔 / 𝑬𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒍 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌
We stumbled upon this beautiful, peaceful park as I was exploring Cascais. It is located right next to the Cascais Marina.
It is really quite easy to reach it, or better to say that you can not miss it because it has a central location and many paths/ roads meet here. There's a duck pond, a playground, small zoo, and some old mansions pics of them I did not post here.
The park is kinda kids heaven with the many playgrounds. The gravel paths wind through well designed opulent grounds that range from ornamental gardens and flower beds to more shady woods with mature trees.
𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒔 𝒅𝒆 𝑷𝒐𝒎𝒃𝒂𝒍 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌 ( 𝑬𝒅𝒖𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒐 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌) 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑨𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒅𝒂 𝒅𝒂 𝑳𝒊𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒅𝒆
This is a MUST visit park, located in the heart of the city. It is the most famous and most visited.
The park itself is an excellent one, its main attractions being the wonderful botanical garden (for a fee) and the spectacular view from the top of the park, as it is located on the slopes of a gentle hill. The view towards the city, the main street ( Avenida da Liberdade ) the river is just amazing!
All in all, a great place to hang out on a sunny day!
Avenida da Liberdade is a perfect pedestrian street and at the same time the main shopping street with the most boutique stores. So you can either choose a sidewalk in front of businesses and stores or you can choose the pedestrian avenue with foliage, fountains, sculptures and many kiosks to have a snacks or drinks. I highly suggest to take a walk the whole length of the street all the way down to the very central part. The walk will take like 20-25 min.
Monsanto Forest Park is a vast and well-protected forested area in a walking distance from the very very city downtown that offers a great respite from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon.
This 10 square kilometer site is the biggest green space in Lisbon, boasting panoramic vistas of the city, the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. The forest paths, some of which are relatively steep and hilly, are a favorite place for walkers, joggers and cyclists. There are also playgrounds for children, camping areas, picnic areas, a TV Tower and much more. Throughout the whole year, lots of sporting and social events are organized here.
It's a wild and a little uncharted area in the midst of the city, which, honestly, is what really makes Monsanto so special.
The park is located in the top tourist district of Belém, right in front of the Jerónimos Monastery. The beautiful garden with a lovely fountain is surrounded by the most prominent monuments of the Portuguese capital, the the Monument of Discoveries, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Belem Palace. It is cool place to relax after visiting one of these nearby Lisbon must-sees.
The Botanical Garden is located in Chiado and Bairro Alto, just off the main road, It boast small collection of trees and plants from different corners of the world.
It is a nice respite from the hot buzzling city life. Prepare to spend max 1 hour here and the area size is not a big one.
𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝑵𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒔
The garden is an illustration of the mild desolation sometimes seen in Lisboa. It is yet lovely, but the decay is already noticeable. There are no toilets and no kiosk, but other than that there is only serenity and tranquility.
You can see the Mexican garden with the many agaves, aloes and all these tropical plants.There are some ponds with ducks, and just outside of the park, next to the main entrance there is a cool viewpoint garden, from where the panoramic views towards the Golden Gate bridge and the town are super cool!
𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔
A beautiful stretch along the Tagus River in the newest part of Lisbon. The Park is a pleasure to walk through at any time of the year. It also seems like a good place for a lunch break and some sporting activities. You can see here one of the longest bridges in Europe, the Bridge of Vascue da Gama, the Oceanarium and enjoy some brunch at the many of restaurants along the way offering dishes from Europe, Asia, Africa.
On a hot day, this huge park is so calming and relaxing. Been there multiple times, as I actually lived nearby and it was on my way to work. In short once you got immersed into the atmosphere of the park you do not have the feeling like you are in Lisbon but on a vacation in paradise, where you feel very peaceful and at ease. It's a nice park to take a break from a busy noisy day. There are many subtropical trees, lake and smaller ponds with fishes, lawns, lots of flowers and birds all around. This is a must if you are staying in Lisbon for a few days. This is a definitely a must visit ONLY if you are staying in Lisbon for a few days or more. I truly enjoy this place. Not to mention the museum, which is just amazing here.
Just to wrap it up:
Getting to know Lisbon's parks and gardens is a perfect option. The Parks are a great way to clear your mind and enjoy the natural beauty, a walk or a picnic in Portugal's capital city.
Highly recommend it!