Jardim Botânico Tropical


Far from the madding crowd, these botanical gardens bristle with hundreds of species, from date palms to monkey-puzzle trees. Spread across 7 hectares, it’s a peaceful, shady retreat on a sweltering summer’s day. A highlight is the Macau garden, complete with mini pagoda, where bamboo rustles and a cool stream trickles.

Tots will love clambering over the gnarled roots of a banyan tree and spotting the waddling ducks and geese.

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Nearby Belém attractions

1. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos


Belém’s undisputed heart-stealer is this Unesco-listed monastery. The mosteiro is the stuff of pure fantasy: a fusion of Diogo de Boitaca’s creative…

2. Museu da Presidência da República

0.14 MILES

Portugal's small presidential museum is worth a look for its fascinating state gifts exhibit – note the outrageous 1957 offering from Brazil's Juscelino…

3. Palácio de Belém

0.16 MILES

The salmon-slabbed 16th-century Belém Palace is Portugal's official presidential residence and office (though the country's previous president, Cavaco…

4. Museu Nacional de Arqueologia

0.17 MILES

Housed in the western wing of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the intriguing stash here contains mesolithic flint stones, Egyptian mummies inside elaborately…

5. Museu de Marinha

0.25 MILES

The Museu de Marinha is a nautical flashback to the Age of Discoveries, with its armadas of model ships, cannonballs and shipwreck booty. Dig for buried…

6. Antigo Picadeiro Real

0.28 MILES

Lisbon's original coach museum is now home to just seven of these majestic 18th-century four-wheeled works of art, but it's worth also visiting the…

7. Museu Nacional dos Coches

0.29 MILES

Cinderella wannabes delight in Portugal's most visited museum, which dazzles with its world-class collection of 70 17th- to 19th-century coaches in an…

8. Padrão dos Descobrimentos

0.32 MILES

The monolithic Padrão dos Descobrimentos, looking like a caravel ship frozen in midswell, was inaugurated in 1960 on the 500th anniversary of Henry the…