I have been coming to this green and peaceful haven since the early days of life. Monteiro-Mor Botanical Park can be accessed by both the National Costume Museum & the National Theater Museum and that’s already a great dose of culture and architecture, but excluding all that, I always go straight into the park!
You see, there are plenty (though not enough) of parks and gardens in Lisbon, but Monteiro-Mor has long opted to create spaces for people to establish a deeper connection to Nature. The park is very well designed, allowing a gradual, immersive experience. As one ventures in, the landscape literally changes. From palaces, to well maintained paths circling around fountains, rose gardens and ponds, all the way to long wavy oceans of grassy fields and little forested areas.
On the wilder areas of the park I often lay and enjoy some grounding sunbathing, and I read or meditate, and closer to the palace I often work on my computer or study. There’s a nice cafe/restaurant with good food.
What I like the most about this park is that they host Lisbon lovers of gardening. On the right hand side of the park, a large number of small plots are available for citizens to rent and grow their own food! I love these initiatives, where a small step is taken within the city to bring people closer to the source of some of the food we consume. You’ll often find me there!
It’s full of treasures. Enjoy!