Gardens of Lisbon - Cerca da Graça

Gardens of Lisbon - Cerca da Graça

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Next on my Gardens of Lisbon series, is a relatively small park, but with a view like no other. Atop of one of Lisbon’s many hills sits the Graça neighborhood, a gem of Portuguese living, with many historical landmarks and viewpoints. But right at its feet sits the diminutive, yet full of life, Garden of Cerca da Graça.

Jardim da Cerca da Graça
Jardim da Cerca da Graça
Jardim da Cerca da Graça, Calçada Do Monte 46, 1100-362 Lisboa, Portugal
Graça
Graça
Graça, Lisboa, Portugal
Picture © André Jesus
Picture © André Jesus

Graça is one of the most known sights in Lisbon, even with its relative hard accessibility (due to its high location combined with a lack of transportation), Graça still gathers many visitors all year long. Around it you can find big Churches and Cathedrals, the Pantheon, the Castle of São Jorge, and the famous Feira da Ladra is held near Graça too. But the Cerco da Graça is rarely talked about, I’m here to amend that.

Panteão Nacional
Panteão Nacional
1100-471 Lisbonne, Portugal
Castelo de São Jorge
Castelo de São Jorge
R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-335 Lisboa, Portugal
Feira da Ladra
Feira da Ladra
Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisboa, Portugal
Picture © André Jesus
Picture © André Jesus

Whenever I visit friends that live in Graça, I tend to go up the hill from Martim Moniz. On the way I always pass by this wonderful park. Cerca da Graça is located right below two very famous viewpoints, the Miradouro da Graça (or Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner), next to the church, and the Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte, an almost panoramic view of the whole city of Lisbon. But don’t be fooled! The Garden below also has one of the greatest views in all of the capital. Sprawling from the houses below, to the 25 de Abril bridge and the Cristo Rei right in the horizon, as well as the church and the castle above. 

Miradouro da Graça
Miradouro da Graça
Calçada da Graça, 1100-266 Lisboa, Portugal
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Largo Monte, 1170-253 Lisboa, Portugal
Picture © André Jesus
Picture © André Jesus

Like I’ve said before, the Cerca da Graça garden isn’t huge, but the amount of life you can find there is outstanding! It has a small café for drinks and snacks, a children’s park with a lot to entertain the younger attendants, and a large grass field, perfect for picnic and for walking dogs.

Picture © André Jesus
Picture © André Jesus

It is definitely a underlooked place in Lisbon, maybe due to it’s size, maybe due to the other interest points near it, but, for me at least, not much beats the afternoon sun shinning on the green grass, and seeing everybody mingling and playing, almost carefree.

Picture © André Jesus
Picture © André Jesus

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André Jesus

André Jesus

I am André, from Portugal. I grew up in the south, but I live in Lisbon. Whenever I can, I go out and experience whatever Portugal has to offer. And I'm here to share those experiences!

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