Monsanto Are The Lungs Of Lisbon, here are Activities In Portugal’s 10 Things To Do In Monsanto.
Monsanto Forest Park is known as the lungs of Lisbon and for very good reason. It is the largest green area in the city and with over fifty hectares of forest, it is one of the largest urban forests in Europe.
In the 19th century the Monsanto park was filled with fields, both for growing crops and used as feeding grounds for cattle. There were also quarries from which the stones necessary for the construction of the city were extracted.
Vegetation was becoming scarce in Lisbon, so around a hundred years ago it was decided to reforest the area and a large number of fast growing tree species were introduced. Due to climate and geological characteristics, they created a very interesting ecosystems in the urban patch of Lisbon and with so much more to offer than just a walk or run through the forest.
Monsanto is just a short bus journey from central Lisbon. Catch the bus 711 departing from Rossio square. This green space is a most for anyone looking to escape the busy city for a the day. Come and enjoy the fresh air 10 things to do in Monsanto.
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