Lisbon is full of green spaces, where you can enjoy and uplifting walk and breathe fresh air. Whether you enjoy these parks in Lisbon alone or as a family, you are certainly spoilt for choice. Sun or rain, walking in these parks in Lisbon is always one of the best activities to do in the city, at any time of the day.
When it comes to getting into nature, going to one of these parks in Lisbon can be the ideal solution to relax from an intense day of work.
In the city there are many playgrounds, with spaces where the little ones can have fun and spend some energy, and there are still places that are being designed, such as Amoreiras, which will give all Lisbon's residents and visitors even better opportunities for well-being in the capital.
Parque Florestal de Monsanto
There are a few reasons why you should visit one of the largest lungs in the city of Lisbon, the Monsanto Forest Park.
This natural park in Lisbon stretches over several hectares, and is one of the most beloved places in Lisbon when the weekend approaches. Here you will find several hiking trails, picnic areas and incredible panoramic views of the city.
The park is also known for its variety of fauna and flora, with various species of trees, shrubs and wildlife.
Because it is very well equipped with equipment to maintain good physical shape, the Monsanto Forest Park is one of the best options for those who wish to walk, run or ride a bike and at the same time, explore Nature and enjoy a quiet atmosphere outside the city.
Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
Among the many curiosities of this park, of which we invite you to know more about the Panoramic of Monsanto, you also know that this vast park in Lisbon has a Recertification of Forest Management within the Forest Stewardship Council the most important global certification regarding environmental compliance of forest holdings, assuming the municipality, its commitment to maintaining quality levels and demand in Forest Management.
Address: Estrada do Barcal, Monte das Perdizes
Opening hours: always open
Tapada das Necessidades
As the name implies (Tapada in Portuguese means 'covered'), this park is a green walled space, almost completely covered by wonderful plants.
In 1742, Dom João V ordered to build a larger hermitage, a convent and a palace for his residence, by acquisition of the surrounding agricultural land. In 1843, Dom Fernando had the garden redesigned, transforming the area of vegetable gardens into an English garden, a task performed by the gardener Bonard.
Between 1855 and 1861, Dom Pedro V built the circular greenhouse and by order of King Dom Carlos were built a tennis court and the Pavilion, known as Casa do Regalo, which served as a painting studio of Queen D. Amélia. Here we find three lakes (Palmeira, Estrelícias and Duque de Lafões) surrounded by exotic vegetation, a waterfall, a fountain and tanks, and several elements of statuary of which the "statuary of the Virtues" stands out.
A wonderful range of fauna
The entire grove of Tapada das Necessidades is classified as public interest, with some examples that stand out for their monumentality and rarity, such as:
- Two beautiful-shades (Phytolacca dioica)
- Dragon (Dracaena Draco)
- Japan Soles (Sophora japonica)
- Set of nine specimens of red pepper (Schinus terebenthifolius Raddi)
- Alameda de lódãos-bastardos (Celtis australis)
- Three Carob trees (Ceratonia siliqua)
- Zambujeiro (Olea Europaea L. var. sylvestris )
- Large Cactus collection
- Zambujeiros, Adernos and huge Oaks
Address: Calçada Necessidades
Size: 10 ha
Winter Opening Times
October 01 - March 31
08h00 to 18h00
North Gate ( Rua do Borja) 17h45
Summer Opening Times
April 01 - September 30
08h00 to 20h00
North Gate 19h45
Times are the same for all weekdays, weekends and holidays.
Parque Ribeirinho do Oriente
The Parque Ribeirinho do Oriente is one of the most recent spaces for nature lovers in the city, having been inaugurated in the first months of 2021. It has even been nominated for an international award, because in fact it is very beautiful and it is also in a privileged area facing the Tejo.
This Lisbon park is right in Marvila, next to the new Prata Riverside Village developments.
The park is still evolving
The Parque Ribeirinho do Oriente has a total area of four hectares, between the Braço de Prata and the Doca do Poço do Bispo.
However, a second phase is being prepared that will increase its total extension, to the Marina of Parque das Nações, up to eight hectares and almost 1.5 kilometers.
For now, you can find more than 350 trees, two pedestrian paths, a bike path, a complete playground and several entertainment modules for the little ones throughout its current length.
It will also have support infrastructure, created from old containers, such as cafeterias (about to open), bicycle rental shop, library and proper sanitary facilities.
Address: Rua de Cintura do Porto
Opening hours: always open
Parque Eduardo VII
The first is one of the largest parks in the city, with an area of 26 hectares, and also one of the most spectacular parks in the city, Eduardo VII Park is a popular destination where there is much to do.
The park is located at the top of Avenida da Liberdade, right in the center of Lisbon, and has one of the best panoramic views over the city.
It is one of the most popular parks in Lisbon for sightseeing, with manicured gardens, fountains, sculptures, a playground, a picnic area, kiosks, restaurants, sports facilities and fitness equipment.
It is also here that, every year, the Book Fair is held and, at Christmas, the Lisbon Christmas Wonderland.
History of Parque Eduardo VII
Originally named Parque da Liberdade, it was renamed for the King of England, Edward VII, on his visit to Lisbon in 1903.
But it was only in 1942 that the architect Keil do Amaral designed it as we know it today, with a large central axis of lawn decorated by a geometric composition of boxwood hedge, flanked by two large tree alleys with two sidewalks lined with the classic Portuguese sidewalk.
In Parque Eduardo VII there are two large buildings: the Estufa Fria, which is incredible; and the Carlos Lopes Pavilion, where musical events are usually held, among others.
Address: at the top of Avenida da Liberdade, next to the roundabout of Marquês de Pombal
Opening hours: always open
Size: 26 hectares
Jardim Guerra Junqueiro (Jardim da Estrela)
The Jardim da Estrela, later renamed Jardim Guerra Junqueiro, is a public garden located in the Freguesia de Estrela, in Lisbon, with one of its entrances in front of the Basilica da Estrela.
The Garden was built in the style of the English gardens, in the romantic style. It has 4.6 hectares and is open to the public every day from 7 am until midnight.
The ducks and carp of the lake delight in the food that some people take, having the garden also a cafe and beautiful flowerbeds. One of the central points of the garden is the green wrought iron bandstand, where the musicians play in the summer months. This bandstand was built in 1884 and was originally on the Public Promenade before the construction of Avenida da Liberdade and was transferred to the garden in 1936.
Address: Largo da Estrela, Lisboa
Opening Hours: 7am - 12am
Size: 5 ha
Parque das Nações
Parque das Nações is one of the most modern parks in Lisbon, located in the east of Lisbon, on the banks of the Tagus River.
Once here, you can visit and explore the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the largest oceanariums in Europe and where you can see several species of marine animals, including sharks, rays and octopuses.
Another attraction of this park, besides having several green areas and extremely beautiful gardens, is the popular Pavilion of Knowledge, which is an interactive museum on science and technology.
As already mentioned, in Parque das Nações you will still find many areas where you can relax and stroll through the gardens (you will love the plots of Garcia d'Orta) and along the banks of the Tagus river.
History of Parque das Nações
Parque das Nações was created for Expo'98 and today houses several tourist attractions, such as the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Pavilion of Knowledge, the Camões Theater, the Cable Car, the Altice Arena, the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center and the Vasco da Gama Tower, which is one of the tallest buildings in the city.
Address: oriental area of the city of Lisbon
Opening hours: always open
The Parque Tejo, in fact, is part of the Parque das Nações, but as it is so large and with several points of interest, we think it deserves its own highlight.
Especially now, the park is receiving a large national investment to host World Youth Day, with the presence of his holiness, Pope Francis, who will be in this area of the capital from 1 to 6 August 2023.
In the Tagus Park, you can stroll through the green areas, walk or run on the walking track, and you can also practice various sports such as skateboarding (with skate park), cycling (with Pump Track track), football and padel.
Here you will also find some playgrounds for children and a long coastal area along our river Tagus.
Differences with Parque das Naçōes
The Parque Tejo is further east of Lisbon, already making "border" with the municipality of Loures, and with the parishes of Moscavide, Sacavém and the union of parishes of Santa Iria da Azoia, São João da Talha and Bobadela, some of them delimited by the famous river Trancão.
This park in Lisbon has about 90 hectares, being the largest green area of Parque das Nações, and one of the richest in biodiversity, with a vast natural space that translates into a privileged place for the observation of the fauna of the Tagus estuary.
The Parque Tejo is, therefore, a space with an immense green area that invites long walks with friends and family, and one of our favorite places to contemplate nature at its fullest.
Address: west area of the city of Lisbon
Opening hours: always open
Size: 90 ha
Parque da Quinta das Conchas e dos Lilases
The Park has three distinct areas: Nave Central da Quinta das Conchas, Mata and Quinta dos Lilases. The Nave Central, larger area, consists of large lawns punctuated by trees, unobstructed views, which invite to ball games and picnics on the grass. It is bordered on the highest peak by a group of olive trees and olive trees and, at the bottom, next to the large lake, is a mass of large eucalyptus trees, classified as a grove of public interest, where the picnic tables are located, in an area of stay of excellence.
The Forest, a denser forest area with the most intact nature, consists of a varied set of tree species, highlighting a massive of trees of the species zelkova Serrata, also classified of public interest, Himalayan cedar and Buçaco cedar. In some places, a dense cover of shrubs, such as adernos, sanguinhos, elderberries and hawthorns is developed, which is very important for several species of birds as places of shelter, feeding and nesting.
Separated from Quinta das Conchas by a wall, we have Quinta dos Lilases, a more modest environment, with its famous artificial lake, of romantic inspiration, representing the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. The vegetation is marked by the alignment of olive trees along the wall of Quinta das Conchas and the presence of eucalyptus, poplars, ash, gleditsias and species of the genus Quercus. The shrub layer is reduced, highlighting the pomegranates and the remarkable sets of old and large buxos. The lining of the areas of clearing is in dry meadow. This farm owns a community orchard area, recently built under a Participatory Project.
The existence of diverse habitats gives this Park a great value in terms of biodiversity, occurring a number of species above the usual for urban green spaces.
The park was the target of a regeneration plan promoted by the City Council of Lisbon, having been distinguished with the Valmor and Municipal Architecture Awards 2005. Awards justified by both its extension and quality, variety and integration, taking advantage of urban discontinuities for this space, as well as the topography itself. From the programmatic point of view presents great quality and from the point of view of the project and the execution itself values both the heritage that encloses as the great neighbourhood that surrounds it.
Address: Alameda das Linhas de Torres
Size: 24.6 ha
Gates 1, 2, 7 and 10: 06h00-01h00.
Gates 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, including the 3 inner gates: summer: 06h00-22h00; winter, 06h00-20h00.