Portugal's Attractions: Estufa Fria, Parque Eduardo VII
Estufa Fria, Parque Eduardo VII
The Estufa Fria in Lisbon's Parque Eduardo VII (Eduardo VII Park) is a greenhouse and garden located in what was once a 19th century basalt quarry.
The quarry was utilized by a local gardener to shelter plants and with the help of painter and architect Raul Carapinha (1876-1957), the Estufa Fria ("cool greenhouse") opened in 1933. The name stems from the fact that the Estufa Fria does not utilize any heating to protect its plants.
The Parque Eduardo VII along with the Estufa Fria was remodelled in the 1940's with the addition of a lake and the building known as "The Nave" which was used as the Municipal Theatre.
In 1975 the Estufa Quente (hot greenhouse) and the Estufa Doce (sweet greenhouse) - filled with cactus and other exotic, tropical plants - were opened with glass roofing as opposed to the wooden lath roofing of the Estufa Fria.
The Estufa Fria contains plant species from around the globe including Australia, Australia, Brazil, Korea, Mexico and Peru including Tasmanian tree ferns, Tree rhododendron and different species of Camellia.
The Estufa Quente is home to a Coffee plant (Coffea arabica), mango and banana trees.
The Estufa Doce, the smallest section of the establishment has a variety of succulent plants in particular a variety of cactus.
The garden as a whole is decorated with a number of statues and visitors can step outside to see the lake with its fish and water birds as well as enjoy the cafe overlooking the water.
Estufa Fria de Lisboa
Parque Eduardo VII
Tel: 218 170 996
Admission is 3.10 Euros or free with the Lisboa Card. Entrance is also free on Sundays and public holidays.
The greenhouses are open from 10am-7pm in the summer season after the last weekend in March and from 9am-5pm in winter after the last weekend in October. The Estufa Fria is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
The nearest stops on the Lisbon metro to Parque Eduardo VII are Marques de Pombal and Parque stations.
By Lisbon bus: #12, #22, #36, #44, #702, #720 or #745 to the Marques de Pombal stop.
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