Jardim Fernando Pessa in Lisbon is a nice, hidden and comfy little neighborhood garden in Areeiro (metro green line) where locals go to breathe in a little nature, relax on the grass or sit at the cozy white kiosk.
It has a playground for kids and some fitness gear to exercise, as well as a number of peculiar statues spread around, keeping visitors company.
It isn’t easily located, as it is a bit hidden in between streets and buildings (near Av. João XXI) so, if needed, just ask someone for directions.
The small park was named in 2005 after an important Portuguese journalist, very dear to the public, who had just passed away at the beautiful age of 100 years old!
Fernando Pessa was one of the first radio broadcasters in the 1930s, having worked as a BBC reporter in London and being a friendly and optimistic voice during WWII. After his return, he was also well known for his concern about the city and its urban issues, and anyone above 30 years old will surely remember his famous catchphrase: “E esta, hein?!” – I’ll let you find out what it means by asking a Portuguese.
This area was where he would take his walks and ride his bike, as he lived near Fórum Lisboa, a cultural venue right next to the garden.
If you feel like walking after your visit, you can go all the way down to the city center across Avenida Almirante Reis, one of Lisbon’s longest & most multicultural avenues.