One of central Lisbon’s most beautiful parks, Estrela Garden (Jardim da Estrela) is an oasis from the bustling Bairro Alto and Chiado. The park—lined with tropical trees, sculptures, and a small lake—is surrounded by history, with its old English cemetery, wrought-iron gazebo, and 18th-century Estrela Basilica (Basílica da Estrela).
Most hop-on hop-on and tuk-tuk tours include a stop at Estrela Garden. For a closer look at Lisbon’s green spaces, book a secret gardens tour or rent an e-bike to explore the city on your own.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The garden is a must-visit for nature lovers, spontaneous travelers, and anyone looking for a serene respite from the city.
- Estrela Garden is popular among families with small children due to the animal-themed playground and duck-filled ponds.
- The pond-side café is a perfect place to enjoy a coffee, glass of wine, or quick snack.
- Most of the park is paved with gravel or soapstone and relatively flat, making it fairly accessible for wheelchairs.
How to Get There
Estrela Garden is located at Largo da Estrela, directly in front of the Estrela Basilica. Take the historic tram 25 or 28 to the Estrela stop, or city bus 709, 713, 720, 738, 773, or 774. The closest metro station, Rato, is a 15-minute walk from the garden.
When to Get There
Spring and fall are the best time to visit Estrela Garden, when the weather is not too hot and there is a nice breeze through the city. The tropical plants stay in bloom most of the year and provide a lush green space to enjoy in any season.
The Estrela Garden Statues
Several statues were installed in the park after the creation of the Portuguese Republic in 1910. Notable sculptures include the expressive farmer created by Costa Mota, a marble figure of a nude woman known as O Despertar, and—the most famous of the lot—the Guardadora de Patos, which means “keeper of the ducks.” The statues transform the area into more than just a park, but an elegant sculpture garden in which visitors can admire art and simply relax.