Estufas in Portuguese mean glasshouses and if you’re anything like me, it’s the kind of words that make your heart sing in every language. If you’re having a stroll through Eduardo VII Park (check out the view over the city while you’re there!), pop by these greenhouses, I think they make for a beautiful, peaceful break after spending the day in the charming hustle and bustle of Lisbon.
The history behind this place is a bit of an interesting one. It was actually meant to be a shelter for the exotic plants imported to adorn the closeby Avenida da Liberdade (Lisbon’s Champs Elysées you could say), but World War I put everything on hold and the plants took roots. Years later, this space was re-discovered and turned into a public greenhouse in 1933.
The Lisbon Estufas comprise of three glasshouses:
– Estufa Fria (Cold Greenhouse) which is not technically a glass house as it is just covered by a lath roof, this space houses plants that can live in Portuguese climate such as ferns, palm trees and the beautiful camellias.
– Estufa Quente (Hot Greenhouse) is reserved for tropical species such as mango, banana or coffee trees. I suspect it must be a far more exciting visit when those are in season.
– Estufa Doce (Mild Greenhouse) was my favourite as it houses all the cacti and succulents. One species I especially enjoyed was the cactus that sported spooky eyes on its stem.
Estufa Fria de Lisboa
Parque Eduardo VII
Metro: Parque/Marques de Pombal
Bus: Marques de Pombal is a bus terminus so the bus possibilities are endless
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (March-Oct) / 9am – 5pm (Oct-March)
Closed on January 1st, May 1st & December 25th
Admission Fee: Adults 3,10€ / <18 year old 2,33€ / Students & Pensioners 1,55€ / Children <6 year old Free
Free on Sundays and Bank Holidays until 2pm