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Best parks in Lisbon – The Greenest Capital of Europe

Adorned by the surrounding picturesque mountainsides and an impressive number of lush green parks, the city of Lisbon stays the greenest capital of Portugal, and of the whole of Western Europe.

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Jardim da Estrela

The Jardim da Estrela is a beautifully landscaped garden in Lisbon, mostly famous among resident families as a weekend hangout. The park was designed during the time of 1840-1850 by the gardeners Bonard and João Francisco, under the guidance of Lisbon's Governor of then, António Bernardo da Costa Cabral. The park is created with a number of exotic trees, green houses, and waterfalls. There is a duck pond with the famous limestone statue of Guardadora de Patos (keeper of the ducks) standing in the middle of it. There are also two other statues, one of a farmer and the other of a nude woman. The park has a kids' playground and a nice café which make it an attractive place to spend an evening with your family.

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Parque Eduardo VII

The 26 hectares large public park located in the centre of Lisbon, Parque Eduardo VII was created in the late nineteenth century. This was originally known as the Liberty Park but was later named after the king of England, Edward VII who visited Lisbon in 1903. The gesture was seen as an attempt to strengthen the bond between the two countries. The park is divided into three areas, one with a small colourful garden having several statues, another with a sports pavilion known as the "Carlos Lopes Pavilion", and the last with a complex of three attractive greenhouses. Two of the greenhouses are known as 'hothouses' and grow cacti varieties and other exotic plants in them while the other is known as the 'cold greenhouse' and grows plants from cold climates in it.

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Jardim do Torel

A beautiful and mysterious garden hidden away on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, the Jardim do Torel gives a breath taking view of Baixa District. The wooden lounge chairs fixed at the top entrance make a good spot to enjoy the view and relax for a while. There is also a children's playground and a small café with a wide terrace and a beautiful view around it. On your way down the stone staircase at the exit, you will also pass an elementary school.

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Gulbenkian Gardens

The Gulbenkian Gardens or the Gulbenkian Park is located in the city of Lisbon as a part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Gulbenkian Museum, and the José de Azeredo Perdigão Modern Art Centre. This is a well-kept garden with carefully landscaped lawns, well-tended plants, and a beautiful lake environment created with two lakes. It also has an open air theatre and holds many arts and cultural events.

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Parque Florestal de Monsanto

Parque Florestal de Monsanto is the largest of all parks in Lisbon and is a great location for outdoor activities like sports, exhibitions, fairs, and carnivals. The park has also some dedicated areas for an eco-park, camping site, and three other theme parks. With all these structures, the greenery is still maintained to soothe the eye of its visitors. Not only the cityscapes, but most of the finer hotels in Europe, South America and other continents are also following a green concept. You can try out some exotically beautiful destinations like Tivoli Hotels & Resorts for a wonderful experience.

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