Lisbon Botanical Garden

Lisbon Botanical Garden

Lisbon Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) is considered to be one of the best of its type in Europe. The garden is located close to Bairro Alto, in the Principle Real district. It offers both local residents and visiting tourists a relaxing, shaded place to unwind in the summer heat. The garden is actually part of the grounds of the University of Lisbon, but is made available to the public all year round. The garden was originally planted in 1873, and has been maintained by the university ever since.

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The garden is a mosaic of pathways, allowing the visitor to stroll along shaded walkways, visiting each section of the garden. A truly stunning natural environment which incorporates hundreds of species of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees from all over the world.

The underlying principle of the botanical garden is to help preserve rare and endangered species of plants. Part of the whole concept is that the garden is used as an educational tool by children and young adults all over Portugal. Most schools, colleges and universities plan a visit to the botanical garden annually.

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The garden is vast. Even on the busiest days during the summer term, when many school children visit the garden, it is still possible for tourists to find a quiet, relaxing place to enjoy the serenity of one of Lisbon’s major natural wonders.

If you are visiting Lisbon, and enjoy exploring nature, then a trip to the Lisbon Botanical Garden is a must, regardless of the time of year.

Highlights of the Lisbon Botanical Garden

Choosing a real highlight of the garden is difficult; it is an enchanting place in its entirety. Where the garden is special is in the sheer number of species of plants which can be found within it from regions in the Southern hemisphere, including South America, Japan, China and Asia. The cultivation of specific microclimates within the garden has enabled the university to nurture these tropical plants in an environment which would not normally sustain them.

This is no more evident than in the wide range of species of palm trees which grow in the garden. These come from every continent, and grow side by side, offering visitors a glimpse of how a tropical island may look.

The Lisbon Botanical Garden for Families
The garden is an excellent place for families to explore. However, it should be noted that this is a horticultural garden, not a play park, so young children must be kept under control.

Lisbon Botanical Garden Opening Times
The garden opens at different times, depending upon the season. In the summer months from April until October, the garden is open daily from 9am until 8pm. In the winter it is open daily from 9am until 6pm. The garden is closed on Christmas day and New Year’s day.

Getting to the Lisbon Botanical Garden
The Lisbon Botanical Garden is located at:
Universidade de Lisboa
Rua Escola Politécnica 58

The best way to reach the garden is using the local metro station at Rato.

Date posted: 31st October, 2018

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