Walking through Lisbon, you can come across many gorgeous parks and gardens. These are great places to chill after work, doing yoga, play football, read a book, or just sit on the grass and enjoy fresh beer with friends. If you want switch a little bit from the party mode to relax and chill mode, you should definitely visit one of these 6 parks. Because nature is cheaper than therapy.
Jardim da estrela
This garden is located in front of the Basilica da Estrela. There are many exotic plants and trees. Lots of families are coming here, because there is a playground for children, a lake with ducks, kiosk with food and beverages. This garden is considered by locals as one of the loveliest in the city.
Campo Grande Garden doesn’t have many flowers, but it has a beautiful lake with an island with trees in the middle of it. There is a big grass area, where people are doing yoga, play football or picnic. If you want play tennis, you can use one of the tennis court here. For lunch or dinner we recommend the restaurant, which has a great view on the lake.
Quinta das conchas
This garden offers plenty of fun options. You can picnic here with your family and friends, or even jog around the park, and if you want, you can go for a walk into the forest part of the garden. Here and there are different water areas. To fresh you up, you can have a drink in local bars too.
Gulbenkian garden, created in 1969, is full of trees and green areas. It feels cozy, it has a small lake with ducks, a kiosk with terrace, an amphitheatre where the concerts are held. If you are interested in art, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum here, which is museum of modern art.
Jardim amalia rodrigues
This is beautiful garden designed by architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, located in a quiet, yet central area of the city, only few steps from the garden Gulbenkian. The dominant part here is a circular lake, in which is located a bar with terrace.
Monsanto Forest Park is a municipal protected forest in Lisbon. It is the biggest green area in the city and it’s located a little bit out of the city center. Besides of the forest area, there are also several picnic areas. You can go through the forest paths and just enjoy the tranquility and freshness that the park offers or you can go to one of the events (concerts, exhibitions, theater representations, and fairs) which are organized here. Here is a great place to jog or play volley ball as there are courts you can use for free.
Parque das Nações
Parque das Nações is located in the modern district of Lisbon. The architecture of this area is complitely opposite to historical center of Lisbon. You can do many activites here – there is famous Oceanarium with a rich sea life, a cable car with a view to the Vasco de Gama bridge and a big shopping center Vasco de Gama with a large cinema complex.