Estufas | Lisbon

estufa fria flower
estufa fria lisbon

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.

estufas statue
cactus estufa quente

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.

estufa doce
camelia estufa fria
estufa doce door
estufa doce 3

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 quente 2
estufa fria 3
cactus estufa quente 3

Practical Information

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

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