In the very center of Lisbon, on a hill there is a park Parque Eduardo VII, named after the King of Great Britain who visited Portugal at the beginning of the last century. Edward VII Park is a perfect place to chillout, sit on the grass and read a book or to have a pick-nick. Wide sidewalks are perfect to wander or to do some jogging . Are you in the center of Lisbon looking for an outdoor entertainment? Discover the attractions in Parque Eduardo VII.
What to do in the Eduardo VII Park
Visit the view point
At the very top of the park Eduardo VII there is a view point from which you can admire the panorama of the capital, Praça do Marquês de Pombal square, one of the main streets: Avenida da Liberdade, São Jorge Castle and the Tagus river. Usually at the top of the park, a huge Portuguese flag flutters on a tall mast. One of the best places to take pictures!
Visit Estufa Fria and Estufa Quente
In the north-west part of the park Eduardo VII you can find an attraction: Estufa Fria and Estufa Quente: greenhouses, where you can admire hundreds of species of plants, palm trees, cactus, planted between artificial streams and lakes. The place is enriched with sculptures by the Portuguese artists: “Vento Garroa” Domingos Soares Branco, “Nu de mulher” Anjos Teixeira (son) and “Menina calçando a meia” Leopoldo de Almeida. Visiting greenhouses is a great idea for a rainy day in Lisbon.
Estufa fria site
Visit Pavilhão Carlos Lopes
In the middle of the park Eduardo VII there is a beautifully restored building: Pavilhão Carlos Lopes: Portuguese construction used at the International Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in 1922 and later named after the winner of the 1984 Olympic marathon: Carlos Lopes. After the exhibition in Brazil it was dismantled and transferred to Portugal, being implanted in Lisbon since 1932 in the Parque Eduardo VII, having been the site of the Great Exhibition of Portuguese Industry.
The pavilion was used during decades for performing sporting, cultural, artistic and political events.
The main facade features blue and white azulejos tile panels, produced by Fábrica de Sacavém in 1922, depicting scenes from Portuguese history.
With extensive refurbishment in 2016, the venue has an exceptional location in the downtown area and it is a unique venue in Lisbon with different rooms for all type of events: meetings, conferences, fairs and exhibitions, wine tasting events etc.
Visit the garden Jardim Amália Rodrigues
Jardim Amália Rodrigues is a garden in Lisbon, inaugurated in 1996 and in 2000 named after the famous fado singer Amália Rodrigues. The park stretches north of Parque Eduardo VII and it is one of the highest points in the city. It has a large amphitheater and a round lake with a fountain, next to which is the Linha d’Água terrace cafe. It is pleasant to lie on a deckchair by the water and practically forget that we are in the city center thanks to the surrounding trees and flowers.
If you are in the center of Lisbon and looking for an interesting place to to have a walk or spend an afternoon, I sincerely recommend Eduardo VII Park for its beautiful views, greenery and delicious pastries at the Linha d’Água cafe.