Monday, 21 November 2016

Lisbon Chronicles | Jardim da Estrela

Although its oficial name is Guerra Junqueiro Garden, commonly is known as Jardim da Estrela (Estrela Garden) and if you are in the neighborhood (for instance, visiting the basilica) is really worthwhile to save some time to visit it.

Situated in Estrela district this naturalistic garden follows the romantic design of the English parks. With over 11 acres, the garden was inaugurated in 1852 and was a popular site for the inhabitants of Lisbon in the second half of the nineteenth century. Then it used to have some elements than can no longer be found like a Chinese pavilion an a live lion in a cage (who became famous as the Leão da Estrela).

Today is a lovely place to take the children on weekends, to rest, enjoying its tranquility,  to read or to jog. It presents a great diversity of vegetable species and still keeps most of the statuary from the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. It has a play ground, lakes (with ducks), a bandstand (that was originally on Passeio Público - today's Avenida da Liberdade) and also a kiosk and a restaurant with a terrace over the lake.

On the first weekend of the month there's an arts and crafts market (10am to 7pm) and on summer is home for one of the stages of OutJazz music festival.

Jardim da Estrela
Praça da Estrela, 1200-667 Lisboa

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
Daily, 7am to 12pm.

Free Entrance

You can get there by bus (Carris: 709 / 713 / 720 / 738), on Tram 28 or walking from Largo do Rato (Metro Station Rato, Yellow Line), trough Álvares Cabral Avenue.

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