Jardim da Estrela

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Jardim da Estrela, Lisbon

The park is faced by the basilica of Estrela

This romantic neighborhood park is officially named Guerra Junqueiro Garden, but everyone calls it Jardim da Estrela (Estrela Garden). It dates back to 1852, and is a lovely spot for picnics, reading, working out, and for children to play. It's right across from Basílica da Estrela, and has duck ponds, a playground, an old wrought-iron bandstand, a kiosk and a café with outdoor seating for light meals.
In between it all are several sculptures and exotic plants.

Jardim da Estrela, Lisbon

The park is dotted with statues and ponds

On the first weekend of each month it hosts a crafts and design market from 10am to 7pm, and on summer weekends it's also one of the stages of an annual jazz festival.

Jardim da Estrela, Lisbon

The old bandstand originally stood on Avenida da Liberdade

Crossing Rua de São Jorge you reach the English Cemetery (open only in the morning), the resting place of Lisbon's British community over the centuries. Its most famous "resident" is novelist Henry Fielding (author of "Tom Jones"), who had traveled to Lisbon hoping to improve his health, but never made it back home. Also buried here is Thomas Barclay, appointed by George Washington as the first American consul in France, but ended up dying in Lisbon in 1793. Other gravestones reveal a local Anglo-Portuguese culture since the 17th century, with both English and Portuguese surnames, and phrases mixing English and Portuguese words such as "My Ever-Living Saudade."

Jardim da Estrela, Lisbon

The tomb of novelist Henry Fielding in the English Cemetery behind the park

How to Get to Jardim da Estrela

Trams 25 and 28 stop right by the gate, but those are usually packed and therefore uncomfortable, so it’s advised that you take bus 709 instead. It departs every 16 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends from Restauradores Square in the city center, and stops by the park and the entrance to the cemetery. You may also take the metro to Rato, which is the last station on the yellow line, and walk up Avenida Álvares Cabral for 10 minutes.
You may ride the trams, buses, and the metro (as well as the city’s funiculars and trains) for free with the Lisboa Card.

Praça da Estrela, Estrela

Attractions Nearby

Basilica da Estrela is across the street, while Campo de Ourique Market and its popular food hall is a 10-minute walk up the road, following the tram tracks.

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