Although covering 10 acres, this enchanting botanical garden in the Principe Real district is almost invisible from the surrounding streets.
Laid out between 1858 and 1873, it was once considered the best botanical garden in Southern Europe. Today, although showing some signs of neglect, it still has one of the largest collections of subtropical vegetation in Europe.
Its dense vegetation and exotic plants make it one of the most calming spots in the city, with over 18,000 species from all over the world (each one is neatly labeled).
They include a large number of cycads, weird Australian trees with twisting colossal trunks, and ancient palm-ferns that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.
Get to the Botanical Garden for free, by riding Lisbon's metro, buses, and trams with the Lisboa Card.
Where: Rua da Escola Politécnica, 58, Principe Real
How: Metro - Rato station
When: Every day 9AM-8PM (Summer), 9AM-6PM (Winter)
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