All About Portugal went around Lisbon and Porto in search of quiet places to forget the noise of the city. He found them, and he didn't have to go far! Very close to the nerve centers of the two largest cities in Portugal, surrounded by roads with traffic and streets crowded with people, there are places that are authentic oases in the midst of city chaos. Ideal for relaxing in contact with nature, you will find the perfect conditions to read a book, practice sports or simply let yourself be lulled by the birdsong. Silence, increasingly rare, is a precious commodity these days. Enjoy!
Garden of the Gulbenkian Foundation
In the middle of Avenida de Berna, right in the center of Lisbon, discover this haven of peace and tranquility. A reference in landscape architecture in Portugal, the wonderful labyrinth of vegetation, trails and lakes are an irresistible invitation to well-being. Perfect for yoga, meditation or reading a good book.
Cold Greenhouse / Eduardo VII Park
At the top of the always busy Avenida da Liberdade, Parque Eduardo VII is one of the most pleasant places to rest from the hustle and bustle of the capital. In one of the corners of the Park, be dazzled by the lush vegetation of this mini-forest, punctuated by lakes and waterfalls. Relax and enjoy the silence, surrounded by trees and plants from the four corners of the world.
Quinta das Conchas e dos Lilases
It's one of Lisbon's biggest green spots, but still safe from the crowds. Its 25 hectares are home to three areas with very different characteristics. If you're not there for sport, but just for peace of mind, look for the Mata area of Quinta das Conchas, an area with denser vegetation and further away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It is considered the heart of the city, just a few minutes from the center of Lisbon. There are almost 1000 hectares of forest to discover, surrounded by nature. Among more or less winding trails, viewpoints with breathtaking views and many shades of green, find your favorite place to run, practice yoga or simply relax.
Palácio de Cristal
It is the most romantic of Porto's gardens. Designed at the end of the 19th century, it combines harmony, Nature, art and one of the most beautiful glimpses of the Douro River. If you're looking for your zen moment, you're likely to find it among exotic plants, lakes with ducks and peacocks on the loose. If you can, stay there until sunset. It's impressive.
São Roque Park
Off the beaten track, it is one of the best kept treasures in Porto. In the eastern part of the city, very close to Estádio do Dragão, stretch out on the lawns, rest in the shade of centuries-old trees, lose yourself in the labyrinth, marvel at the Palacete or be dazzled by the dreamlike views of Rio Douro.
It runs parallel to the busy Avenida da Boavista, but you'll quickly forget the sound of horns and the roar of engines. It is very frequented by athletes and families in leisure time, but with more than 80 hectares of gardens, water features and small woods, you will easily find your corner of peace.
Woods and generous lawns, lakes, lanes, all masterfully combined in an art-deco style. It is one of the most extraordinary green spaces in Cidade Invicta and the perfect place for those who yearn for silence and tranquility. But pay attention to the tip: avoid the first Sundays of each month. Entry in the morning is free and the gardens are filled with people.
Despite everything, know that it is possible to rest in the comfort of your home. You can find the peace and silence you need inside your home with the help of WoodUpp acoustic panels.