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Gardens of Lisbon - Príncipe Real

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It’s been a while since I made a new entry on my Gardens of Lisbon series, and for this article, I decided to write about a park that I’m personally very fond of: The Príncipe Real Garden. It is located in Principe Real, a place with a lot of movement, between the bar-filled Bairro Alto and the busy Rato square, and with easy access to the grand Avenida de Liberdade.

Jardim do Príncipe Real / Jardim França Borges
Jardim do Príncipe Real / Jardim França Borges
Jardim do Príncipe Real, Praça do Príncipe Real, 1250-184 Lisboa, Portugal
Príncipe Real
Príncipe Real
Praça do Príncipe Real 27, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto, 1200-223 Lisbon, Portugal
Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade
Av. da Liberdade, Lisboa, Portugal
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Amongst all of this, you can find the Garden as an oasis. Though it’s not huge and it is well known, the garden sort of keeps a calm atmosphere even if all around it cars are beeping and speeding. I feel this even more than in the Botanical Garden, which is beautiful and serene, but you have to buy a ticket, and it isn’t as identifiable as the one on Principe Real. It really feels like sort of an island, amongst a sea of people and cars and buildings.

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My liking of this park mostly comes from my university days, when we went there to make life drawings of plants and structures. It was a really soothing experience, especially for someone who had just been in the overcrowded downtown Lisbon. I most vividly remember drawing the roots of the big magnolia tree, while sitting below its shade and realizing just how serene Lisbon was at that moment.

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Besides the magnolia, many different trees provide shade while you sit on the grass to draw, read, picnic, or just decompress! There are also benches and tables, and a café/restaurant near the famous magnolia.

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Around this park, it is also common to see small artisanal markets, selling a myriad of things, from decorations to clothing and even food and plants! These types of markets pop-up in a lot of parks in Lisbon but this one is one of the most interesting.

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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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