As we’re experiencing a lockdown, it seems it will only be possible to visit Lisbon in the Spring, but that is probably the best season to visit our city so, here are some spots you can’t miss.
In the Spring, Lisbon has very different colors, the birds will be singing, the flowers blooming and the sun will start to shine. In our opinion, this is, the best time to visit the city.
This is also the perfect weather to get in touch with nature and visit some of Lisbon’s gardens.
In the middle of all the history and all the culture, you will find small oases that will allow you to take a deep breath in a fresh and reinvigorating environment.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy nature in the city:
- Jardim Botânico da Faculdade de Ciências - This garden is on the hill that houses Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real. If you peek through the lush vegetation and some strategic points of the garden, you can see the Castle of São Jorge. The first plants were put in the soil in 1873 and the garden opened to the public five years later. It is a compact garden filled with lakes and waterfalls and plant species from around the world, from countries with Portuguese colonies.
- Jardim Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Located in the heart of a business center in Lisbon, this modern garden covers nearly 8 acres and was designed by Antonio Viana Barreto in 1957, with the collaboration of Gonçalo Ribeiro Teles in the sixties. It's a pretty cool haven with a lake, stream, terraced garden, trails through woods, and, upwards, an outdoor amphitheater where you can attend the hottest concerts and shows in the evenings.
- Jardim Botânico Tropical - This garden of 6 acres, next to the Palácio de Belém (the President’s Official Residence), has over 400 plant species. It opened to the public, at this location, in 1912 under the name of Garden of the Overseas Colonies as most plants came from former Portuguese colonies. It has a strong scientific purpose which means that inside the garden you can find a seed bank, greenhouses, a laboratory for in-vitro culture, and a wood collection.
Perfect tips for a perfect weather!