Parks and Gardens in Madrid and Lisbon
Collected by Grace Montgomery, AFAR Contributor
Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Translated as "the park of pleasant retreat," Buen Retiro Park is one of Madrid's largest parks. Ideally located near the city center, El Retiro's green space attracts both travelers and locals alike with its pleasant walks and paths, sculpture...
Calle de Bailén, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Part of the grounds of the Royal Palace, The Sabatini Gardens are known for their precise, symmetrical hedges formed into optical illusion-esque shapes and marble sculptures of royal figures. It's a shady spot to take in a beautiful view of the...
Paseo de Moret, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Parque de Oueste is a shady park toward the north of the city. The park is known for its rose gardens, as well as being home to the Temple of Debod, a gift for the Egyptian state in 1968. The overlook of the park offers beautiful views of the...
Paseo Puerta del Angel, 1, 28011 Madrid, Spain
Casa del Campo is Madrid's largest park, roughly five times the size of New York's Central Park. The park is massive, and travelers could spend days exploring the forested areas, zoo, and amusement park. The eastern edge of the park hosts a number...
Parque Eduado VII is a wide green space at the top of Avenida da Liberdade, sometimes called the Champs Elysees of Lisbon. The park is north of the city center, and consists of tiled walkways on either side. The paths are covered by leafy green...
1250-096 Lisbon, Portugal
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...
The Jardim da Estrela is home to a small library kiosk that paints a cozy scene for people watching. Lisbon is known for its kiosks where residents gather for coffee, snacks, or a well-deserved beer at the end of the day. The library kiosk may not...
Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Located west of central Lisbon, Torre de Belém is a trip best done by metro or taxi. Once there, climb the steps that date back to the 16th century and get a bird’s-eye view of the Portuguese capital. Some of its neighbors will make venturing into...
Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Belem is home to many green spaces including gardens, squares, and large parks. The Garden of the Empire Square is across from Jeronimos Monastery and hosts an impressive fountain and manicured gardens. The neighboring Afonso de Albuquerque...
Praça do Comércio, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Located right on the river, Lisbon’s massive main square is home to a plethora of gorgeous 18th-century architecture, all built after the devastating 1755 earthquake. Its canary-yellow facades and mosaic-like cobblestones come together to...