I’m happy to tell you that this beginning of March has been sunny and slightly warmer: Spring is definitely closer! The days are getting longer but you still have to make the very best of the sun before it sets around 6.30 PM.
This season is the right time to take full advantage of the urban green spots and parks that in the Summer, for the lack of proper shade, don’t make the best places to hang out at. Take a walk up Eduardo VII Park, just atop the famous and busy Avenida da Liberdade, and let your mind drift as you admire the city view all the way down to the river. If lounging in the grass and keeping up with your reading is more “your thing”, I suggest the tilted spot of grass facing the river Tagus just near Cais das Colunas in Lisbon’s downtown. It’s absolutely perfect for a day’s end or after-lunch laziness. Belem is also a great place to go to, but avoid the weekends if you are looking for less crowded areas where to relax.
For the more active and outdoor enthusiasts, Monsanto is like a green oasis inside the city. This 900 hectares forest park is often chosen by the locals for family picnics, weekend workout activities and biking trails.
One of my favorite things, especially for kids, is to combine fun and education — you do learn a lot more if you are enjoying it. Still on this outdoor theme, there are three places in Lisbon you cannot miss: the Lisbon Zoo (founded in 1884), the Estufa Fria or Cold House that is part of Eduardo VII Park and the Botanical Tropical Garden in Belem.
Later this month, on March 22nd, head on to Estrela Garden for a mega picnic organised by the French Institute in Portugal as part of this year’s Festival of Francophonie.
Don’t be surprised by the giant art installation by Rui Miragaia in Rossio that spells the word “Love” — for 3.00€ you can purchase a love lock that you can add to the others and you will be aiding a charity cause in Mozambique that helps children with heart disease.