Ajuda Botanical Garden
The Ajuda Botanical Garden was Portugal’s first botanical garden! Over 3 acres of natural beauty, divided into two decks. On the upper deck, in addition to getting lost amongst different species of plants from the four corners of the world, we also enjoyed one of the most beautiful views of Lisbon! Right in front of our eyes lies the lower deck and, as a backdrop, the city and the Tejo river.
In turn, on the lower deck, the geometrically perfect hedges that characterize the garden, and which are still planted in their original form, arise in their entire splendor. Here, while walking down the same paths where the royal family once strolled, take a few moments to observe the imposing balustrade and the magnificent “Fonte das 40 Bicas” (40 Spout Fountain), located in the center of the garden.
On this deck you’ll also find the Aroma Garden, designed so that the blind may also enjoy the garden. It includes several aromatic and medicinal plants that are all edible, except for one.
This space was designed by Italian naturalist Domingos Vandelli and its construction began in 1768. Built on the Ajuda lands for the royal family’s enjoyment, today it continues to enchant everyone who comes through there, with its stunning beauty.
The garden is perfect for those seeking the peace that only nature can provide, or for those who want to spend quality time with family, seeing as there are several events conceived specifically for those moments, such as the Spring Festival, the Autumn Festival and Halloween night.
Nov - Mar: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm | Oct - Apr: Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm | Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | May - Oct: Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm | Closed: 25 Dec and 1 Jan