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Travelling in Portugal means coming into contact with incredible landscapes and, even if you’re staying in one of our hotels in the centre of Lisbon, it’s perfectly possible to get lost in the most beautiful parks and gardens. If you’re looking for something to do in Lisbon as a lover of nature and outdoor activities, this article is dedicated to you.
Distance from HF hotels: 6 km
The Monsanto Forest Park is characterised by a thick and diversified forest area, but also by very attractive spots for outdoor activities. Perfect paths for those who want to test their athletic abilities or simply go for a walk, or if you prefer, enjoy a picnic with family or friends in the picnic area.
- Parque Eduardo VII
Side by side with our hotels, Parque Eduardo VII is the largest and most emblematic park in the heart of Lisbon. If you’re staying with us, this space is perfect for a walk on a sunny morning, a morning run or for taking the kids to play outside. The view from the top of the park allows you to contemplate Avenida da Liberdade, which goes all the way down until the Tagus river.
- Parque da Bela Vista
Distance from HF hotels: 6km
Due to its vast green area, in recent years this natural space has been the chosen venue to host one of the major international music events, Rock in Rio. In the past, it was a big farm and some of its rural characteristics were kept. Here you can go for a bike ride, away from the urban movement.
- Tapada das Necessidades
Distance from HF hotels: 3km
Tapada das Necessidades is a park that dates from the 18th century and was expanded by the order of the Portuguese king, D. João V. With the Palácio das Necessidades and its beautiful lakes, this is the idyllic place for traditional picnics. Curiously, it has been said that the renowned artist Édouard Manet created his masterpiece Le déjeuner sur l’herbe inspired by his stay in this park. This is a spot you really need to discover.
- Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
Distance from HF hotels: 26km
The large Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is comprised by the Sintra mountains, which accompany the coastline between Sintra and Cascais. A preserved natural place, which maintains a thick forest and presents its own microclimate. Birds of prey can be seen in this is a true green lung, which can be accessed by car, bus or walking. It’s also possible to take a tour of the capital’s purest park.
- Tapada da Ajuda
Distance from HF hotels: 6km
Tapada da Ajuda is located between Alcântara valley and Monsanto Forest Park, and it’s a great walled in area which was of major importance during the monarchy in Portugal. If you’re looking for a cultural visit in an outdoor space, this place is perfect. Here you will find a Renaissance dovecote, the exhibition pavilion and a diversity of botanical species.
These are our suggestions for those who want to make their stay in Lisbon a little more green!
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