Colours Of Lisbon: Parks

The ultimate urban retreats

Unlike your average neighbourhood park, Lisbon’s natural spaces are seriously impressive. Explore the largest urban forest in Europe, or take a short trip to Sintra and go hiking, admire the palace or simply get lost in the myriad walking trails and fairy tale paths.

 

Sintra

At just half an hour from Lisbon Sintra is a must-visit, even if you only have a short time to explore. Beautiful castles, picture-perfect villages and an impressive palace are set among fairy tale forest, meandering walking trails and rolling hills (which incidentally also provide spectacular views). Get wonderfully lost among the greenery, do some sightseeing at the castle or palace and if you make it to Praia da Ursa you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful sandy beach and a rugged coastline.

Parque Florestal De Monsanto

With roughly 2250 acres of diverse forest areas, Parque Florestal de Monsanto is the largest urban forest in Europe. Overlooking the city and the Ponte 25 de Abril, it’s mostly filled with pine trees offering several leisure and sports areas, including children’s playgrounds, soccer fields, basketball courts, a skate park and several picnic areas. It’s connected to the top side of Parque Eduardo VII through Monsanto’s Green Lane, a 2.5km ‘green corridor’ that can be used to reach the city center by foot or by bicycle.

If you’re staying at Corinthia Lisbon, take advantage of the running club provided by The Spa and combine the freshness of Monsanto’s air with a jog lead by one of our personal trainers.

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