Best Parks in Lisbon

There are tons of reasons to love Lisbon. It offers some of the most beautiful panoramic views, incredible street art, wonderful museums, great food, and wine. There is one other thing that you will absolutely love about the city, its parks. Lisbon has some gorgeous public spaces to offer. These are places to sit back and relax either alone or with friends. They are places where you can enjoy the laughter of children and get to know both locals and expats alike. We've put together a list of the best parks in Lisbon, make sure to visit them when you come to the city of the seven hills.

Best Parks in Lisbon

Parque Eduardo VII has a Michelin restaurant

Parque Eduardo VII is one of the largest and best in Lisbon

Parque Eduardo VII (Avenidas Novas & Marques De Pombal)

This is one of my favorite parks in the city. It is named after King Edward VII from England and starts off at Marques de Pombal square. It is the largest in the city and offers tons to do and see such as:

  • The Estufa Fria & Estufa Quente greenhouses
  • The 25 de Abril Monument & the miradouro's panoramic view of the city
  • Pavilhão Carlos Lopes: 
  • Jardim Amália Rodrigues: which includes the Linha D'Agua cafe and its lake
  • Eleven: a 1 star Michelin restaurant with incredible views
  • And tons of sculptures if you're into art
  • Lots of places to eat
  • A playground for the little ones
Gulbenkian Park is one of the nicest in Lisbon

The park at the Gulbenkian Foundation has some incredible nature

Jardim da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

I hate writing about this one because I want to keep it secret. This is a masterpiece of landscape architecture. The park feels like a complete escape, even when it is packed full of people. It offers the perfect combination of nature, modern architecture and art. Why will you love Gulbenkian's Gardens:

  • It houses the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • It also houses the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Center of Modern Art
  • There are incredible sculptures throughout
  • The amphitheater often has free or inexpensive music shows and theater
  • There are three restaurants in the park and one offers some of Lisbon's best ice cream
The best parks in Lisbon includes Jardim Estrela

Estrela Park in Lisbon is great for people watching

Jardim da Estrela (Lapa & Estrela)

This is definitely a favorite for locals. You can go there any day of the week and see older Lisboetas walking and using the free exercise equipment in the park. You'll see parents playing with their kids, people reading, lovers embracing. It is probably my favorite park for people watching. Why else will you love Jardim da Estrela?

  • The duck pond
  • The playground
  • The exotic plants that are found throughout the park
  • The cafe & restaurant
  • Its sculptures
  • The view of Estrela Cathedral

Jardim do Torel (Arroios)

This tiny park is hard to find but so worth the search. It's a 19th Century garden that has some of the best views in Lisbon and its Baixa neighborhood. Why you will love Jardim do Torrel:

  • It's "beach"
  • The gorgeous mermaid that will keep you company
  • The cafe
  • Taking a ride there using the Lavra Elevator
  • The nearby mansions
Campo de Martires de Patria

Campo de Martires de Patria is one of the best parks in Lisbon and a fab spot to grab a drink

Campo de Martires de Patria (Arroios)

This park was a complete surprise to me. It honors Gomes Freire de Andrade and his companions who attempted to overthrow the government of Marshal Beresford. They failed and were hanged in 1817. It also honors Doctor Sousa Martins who was a doctor who cared for people free of charge and was murdered. Why you will love Campo de Martires de Patria park:

  • It's got basketball courts (a rarity in Lisboa)
  • The Fly Bar is a great place to grab a drink with friends
  • There are ducks, geese, and roosters walking about
The best parks in Lisbon

Tapada das Necessidades is one of the quietest parks in Lisbon

Tapada Das Necesidades (Estrela)

This is a true Lisbon secret. Every time I have been there it has been pretty much empty and I have been the only non-Portuguese there. It is gorgeous and calm, it is the perfect spot to get away. Why you will love Tapada Das Necesidades:

  • There are ducks, geese, cats, and PEACOCKS!
  • There is a gorgeous pond
  • The attached Palacio das Necesidades is stunning
  • It is said Manet's Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe was inspired by this park
  • The architecture that is in ruins but still maintains its beauty
  • The plant life in the park
Campo Grande Park Lisboa

Campo Grande is one of the best parks in Lisbon for a Sunday stroll

Campo Grande (Alvalade)

This is a good-sized park with tons to do. There are squash courts, there is a gorgeous lake and a wonderful place to go for a stroll on weekends. Why you will love Campo Grande park:

  • Gorgeous restaurant on the lake
  • Rent boats to enjoy a ride
  • Check out the membership for the squash courts
  • Plenty of spots to picnic

Have a suggestion for a park I should add? Have a question about Lisboa? Just leave it in the comments. 

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Blanca Valbuena

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6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Best Parks in Lisbon”

  • Tayler DiGiacomo

    August 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I have never been here before, but all of these places look beautiful! I am definitely saving for future reference and adding Lisbon to my list of places to see! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      August 21, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Definitely schedule a trip. The weather here is lovely, there are tons of museums, the food is good…and the parks are outstanding. Lisbon is a great way to get to know a little bit of Europe

  • Heather Johnson

    August 22, 2017 at 3:14 am

    What a great list of parks to check out! I would love to check out the park at the Gulbenkian Foundation!

    • Blanca Valbuena

      August 22, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Gulbenkian is a lovely spot. Apparently, he was an oil magnate who left all his art to Lisbon. That’s the way to grow a legacy!

  • Cecilia

    August 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I would like to visit Tapada das Necessidades! Love your photo from the park 🙂

    • Blanca Valbuena

      August 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

      It is such a nice park. It is quiet, unknown, and simply delightful. It is one of my favorite places to visit in Lisbon.

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