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Parks

Parque Eduardo VII  

Park Eduardo VII

Lisbon's central park ascends one of the city's hills and provides a wonderful view from the top. It is made up of symmetrical box hedging and a variety of plants, most of them found inside glasshouses from the 1930s (the cool greenhouse and the hot greenhouse), which are filled with exotic species from tropical climates. There is also an attractive tile-covered building dedicated to Carlos Lopes (he won the Los Angeles Olympics marathon for Portugal) where special events are held. Every summer it's also the site of the city's annual book fair, lasting for several days. The park was named after Britain's Edward VII who visited Lisbon in 1903, six centuries after the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance was signed.

Botanic Garden of Ajuda

Slightly run-down, Lisbon's botanical garden is perhaps in part because of that, an enchanting sight. It is actually quite large (covering 10 acres or 4 hectares), but you wouldn't know it from the entrance. It is accessed from a gate on one of the busiest streets in the Príncipe Real district, and was seen as the best botanical garden in southern Europe when it was laid out in the 19th century. Its large collection of subtropical vegetation remains impressive today, with many exotic plants neatly labelled. One that seems to grab the most attention is the Australian Cycad, an unusually shaped tree with twisting trunks.
  Botanic Garden of Ajuda

Monsanto Forest Park  

Monsanto Forest Park

Overlooking the entire city, this is the largest urban forest in Europe and one of its largest urban parks. It is mostly filled with pine trees, and there are wonderful views of 25 de Abril Bridge from the amphitheatre Keil do Amaral. There are several leisure and sports areas, including children's playgrounds, soccer fields, basketball courts, a skate park, and picnic areas. A curious presence in Monsanto is that of squirrels, an animal that had been extinct in Portugal.


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