Fodor's Expert Review Jardim Botânico da Ajuda
Portugal's oldest botanical garden—laid out in 1768 by the Italian botanist Domenico Vandelli (1735–1816)—is an enjoyable place to spend an hour or so. You can stroll up here from the river at Belém, or take Tram 18 from Cais do Sodré station (it terminates near here). Ornate fountains and strolling peacocks create a sense of splendor, and many species of flora, labeled in Latin, can be viewed in several greenhouses covering 4 acres. The larger Jardim Botânico Tropical at the bottom of the hill, whose entrance is just opposite the Mosterio dos Jerónimos, was created later and contains hundreds of species from the Azores, Madeira, and Portugal's former colonies.