Parque da Quinta das Conchas e dos Lilases is certainly one of our favorite parks in Lisbon. To get here you travel by subway from the city centre to the neighborhood Lumiar.
We come often to this park with our Portuguese friends to have a quiet stroll. After Parque Florestal de Monsanto and Parque da Bela Vista, is this the largest park in Lisbon.
Two quintas become one park
The name of the park indicates that in the past there were two large quintas here. Quinta is a tough word to translate, it is similar to the French château or country house. Those quintas were called Conchas and Lilases.
The quintas were built in the 16th century and were always inhabited by prosperous Portuguese families who traded in coffee. Since 1966 the quintas have been managed by the city of Lisbon. For a long time nothing was done with the quintas and the surrounding lands. In 2005, the quintas were opened to the public and the park was laid out.
A lot to do in the park
Quinta das Conchas covers most of the park. Here you will find the cafes, a restaurant, a circuit for the sports enthusiasts, including fitness machines for exercising. On the north side you will find Quinta dos Lilases, consisting of the colonial mansion.
If you come to Lisbon with children, this park is definitely worth a visit. There are slides here, and also 2 different playgrounds: for children up to 4 years and a playground for children from 5 years and up.
There’s a small open-air library here, which is part of the free American book exchange network Little Free Library.
The park is located outside the city center. It is not within walking distance but by metro you’re here within 20 minutes from Rossio station. The park is definitely worth it if you want to escape the bustle of the city with your children.
How to get to Quintas das Conchas e Lilases
Address: Alameda Linhas de Torres, Lumiar
Opening hours: 6 – 1 a.m. admission is free.
Metro: Take the yellow metro towards Odivelas (from Rossio you have to change once) and get off at the Quinta das Conchas stop. From here it is a 5 minute walk.