4 gardens perfect for walking (even in winter!)
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis we can find small lungs that keep the city alive. Be it due to the nature and biodiversity that they bring to the urban centers, as lungs to breath from the chaotic everyday life that we live in the capital. Ideal for family walks, beautiful photographs and the calm and serenity we often need. I have four suggestions, two classics and two recent discoveries, so you can enjoy the green areas of the capital as they deserve.
Jardim Amália Rodrigues
Between the top of Parque Eduardo VII and El Corte Inglés, we find a garden dedicated to the most iconic Portuguese fadista. Among statues, a terrace and the lake, this garden stands out for the view it holds of Lisbon since it’s located in one of the highest parts of the city. Characteristic of the calm and absence of turmoil.
Jardim da Praça das Flores
This is my latest discovery, which goes unnoticed by the hurried. Wrapped in doll houses, Príncipe Real presents us with Jardim da Praça das Flores, also known as Jardim Fialho de Almeida, a closer and more serene alternative to Jardim do Príncipe Real, but consequently smaller. It’s a small square, well taken care of, that has benches that appeal to a chat, and a small fountain, beautiful to photograph, reminding me of the common living areas of the villages close to the downtown. A real gem!
Jardim da Estrela
A classic of Lisbon! It doesn’t let anyone pass indifferent to the majestic Basílica da Estrela in the vicinity. It offers us an English vibe, many drooling owners walk their four-legged friends, many practice exercise and many others take the opportunity to catch up under the very characteristic shadow of Jardim da Estrela. The animals are also stunning to observe and photograph! There’s plenty to explore here, so I highly recommend it!
Jardim da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Last but not least, Gulbenkian holds my favorite garden of all the capital. This green area sweeps art and joviality, it has a very beautiful energy and it’s my favorite place for a walk under the winter sun, but also for several rounds of card games in the summer. This garden is the place to bring your blanket, sit on the ground and appreciate what’s surrounding you, enjoying the diversity of species - both fauna and flora - that it offers us.
*Foto: Leonor Moura.
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Leonor is an authentic little girl who, between training and tents, can always be found in her oldest passions: writing, art, photography and traveling. Intensive consumer of culture - in all its aspects. Curious and immensely grateful, always thirsty for new places for a good walk and good tables to share a conversation. Eternally excited for the next trip and the most amazing things in life. She mirrors all of this and much more on her Instagram and Twitter.