Mata de Alvalade is a nice and pleasant park in frantic Lisbon, that offers its visitors a wide range of activities and some relaxing time, where green is the dominant color. And it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy!
Mata de Alvalade (also known as Parque José Gomes Ferreira) is one of the largest parks in Lisbon city. It was created in the 60’s from the rural land that still existed in that place, long before Lisbon construction spread to this area. In fact, it is more than a park, it is a very nice forest with 21ha of local (huge) trees and shrubs and also a huge amount of birds, animals and plants, considering that you are in the city center!
It has a hole bundle of things to offer to its visitors: a bicycle path, walking paths, a kids (or Lomographers) playground, workout structures, picnic areas with barbecues and lots of benches and drinking fountains to rest from all the activities you can do. Most people there are running, jogging or walking their dogs but you will also find families doing picnics and barbecues, couples dating, and people just enjoying nature, specially on weekends. And it’s open 24/7!
If you ever come to Lisbon and want to relax a bit from the buzzing city, you should take some time to visit this park and also the nice neighborhood area around it, called Alvalade! Even in Lisbon, most people don’t know or appreciate this park because some time ago it was seen as somehow dangerous, but rest assure, nowadays it is quite safe (and it even as a security guard that walks around the park every now and then).
You will find it at the top north of the city, rather close to the airport, and the nearest subway station is “Alvalade” (which is actually a bit far from the park, but a nice walk if want to see the neighborhood), but you can also take several bus lines to get there (5, 17, 21, 22, 31, 44, 83, 745, 750 and 755 from Carris). Enjoy!