Jogging the city by Correr Lisboa
Bruno Claro is the founder of this community dedicated to running in Lisbon. The community organizes workouts every week and even a historical track up and down Alfama’s alleys. He is from Lisbon, has turned the city into his own gym, and shares the best spots to go jogging.
Parque das Nações
Lisbon has a great temperature to go out for a run, and enough natural light to allow us to be out later into the evening. At the Parque das Nações, in the newest, totally rebuilt part of town, you’ll find a long, level stretch to run in with the Tagus constantly in the background.
Vale do Silêncio
A hidden park in the city centre, with a huge grassy area that is perfect for the kind of exercises that work out the muscles. The size of the park allows you to go out there and enjoy feeling almost lost and being in constant contact with nature.
The old city
It is a unique experience to take to the streets of the old town’s neighbourhoods: Alfama, Sé, Mouraria. The locals will welcome you and cheer you on. In this route, you’ll feel the history of Lisbon at every step, but it’s a roller coaster of constant ups and downs.
Cycling the city by Massa Crítica Lisboa
Massa Crítica is an independent community andthe weekly trip they take through the city centre in non-polluting, human-powered transports. No matter how experienced you are as a cyclist, the biggest challenge here is to go get yourself a bicycle and go explore the city, at an easy, leisurely pace, through safe streets without a lot of traffic.
Ciclovia Frente Ribeirinha– Parque das Nações/Algés
The bicycle path that connects Parque das Nações to Algés is the classic way of crossing the city on a bicycle, with breathtaking views like the Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries as the sun sets. It’s perfect if you want to bring a camera along.
Ciclovia Eixo Central– Avenida da República
This is Lisbon’s cycle district. It started at the renovated Avenida da República, and spilled over in all directions, from Marquês de Pombal, Campo Grande to the Avenidas Novas. Here, seeing a businessman wearing a suit and tie cycling is just as common as children riding on their way to school.
The Green Belt– Parque Eduardo VII/Monsanto
Starting at Parque Eduardo VII, you can ride along the Amália Rodrigues garden, and cross Rua Marquês da Fronteira on its bicycle-friendly bridge. As you go down Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian, you’ll enjoy an unobstructed view of the city’s 18th century aqueduct and of the 25 de Abril Bridge.
Parque Florestal de Monsanto
Known as the Lisbon’s lung, this park has several trails, pedestrian and cyclable tracks. You can really push yourself to the limit at the single tracks and sharpest climbs. If you’re confident in your skill and stamina, try riding all the way up to the abandoned restaurant, Panorâmico de Monsanto: the reward is a magnificent 270º view over the city.
The City’s Gardens by Liga Amigos Jardim Botânico de Lisboa
In 1986, a group of friends got together to promote and protect the Botanical Garden. As time passed, the community started extending its concerns towards the whole country, and society’s relationship with green spaces.
Jardim Botânico de Lisboa – Rua da Escola Politécnica 56/58
This iconic green space in Lisbon is one of the country’s must-sees. Let yourself get lost among the 1500 different species, of which some specimens are over 140 years old. The cycads are likely to be a highlight of your visit.
Jardim Botânico da Ajuda – Calçada da Ajuda
The oldest botanical garden of the city was commissioned by the Marquês de Pombal after the 1755 earthquake. Here is a good place to see Dragon trees that are hundreds of years old.
Estufa Fria – Parque Eduardo VII
Hidden in plain sight, at the very centre of Lisbon, is one of the lushest gardens of the city. Going into this greenhouse is like walking into a tropical jungle. Besides the Estufa Fria greenhouse, you can also visit two others: Estufa Quente and Estufa Doce.
Jardim da Estrela – Praça da Estrela
In front of the Basílica da Estrela is a garden filled with life. It’s a place to be with friends, family, in the company of a book or simply lying on the grass staring at the canopies.
Parque Botânico do Monteiro-Mor – Largo Júlio Castilho
This park by the Museum of Theatre and Dance has a great botanical collection. You can explore its woods, grass and vegetable garden and it’s a perfect place to picnic under impressive trees.