Jardim da Estrela is a perfect spot to take a peek at local life. The park is filled with exotic, jungle-like plants and unusual sculptures, along with locals relaxing beneath the many shady spots. Grab a coffee or cool drink at the pond-side café and watch the ducks swim by while admiring the statue Guardadora de Patos (keeper of the ducks). The park also features a playground, and we watched a dance crew practice their choreography in an adjacent pavilion.
Photo by Andrea Mann//Flickr.