AJUDA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Beautiful gardens overlooking the river
This is the oldest botanical garden in the country, laid out on two
levels in 1768 as part of Ajuda Palace.
Its collection of plants grew to reach around 5000 species, but in 1808 the Napoleonic invaders took more than 1500 specimens to Paris.
Despite this loss, today there are still plants from several of Portugal's former colonies, some centuries-old trees, and is still an elegant place, with statues and a marvelous Baroque fountain decorated with serpents, fish, sea horses, and mythical creatures. There are also some grand views over Belem, the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge.
Get to the Ajuda Botanical Garden by riding Lisbon's metro and buses for free with the Lisboa Card.
How to Visit
Palace - An extravagant royal palace.
Jeronimos Monastery - A World Heritage monument; Vasco da Gama's resting place.
Belem Tower - The city's icon; a symbol of the Age of Discovery.
Discoveries Monument - The world's explorers in stone.
Berardo Museum - World-class collection of modern art.
Coaches Museum - The world's largest collection of magnificent royal coaches.
Maritime Museum - The story of Portugal's pioneering role in world exploration at the sea.
Archaeology Museum - Archaeological finds from over the centuries.
Belem Cultural Center - Modern cultural center with regular exhibitions and events.
Tropical Garden - Beautiful garden with rare plants from around the world.
Belem Palace - The home of Portugal's President.
Memoria Church - Elegant neoclassical church.
25 de Abril Bridge - Golden Gate's twin sister.