Necessidades Royal Estate – Tapada das Necessidades

Walled Romanticism

12 26 new May

10:00 — 18:00

Tapada das Necessidades

* Self-guided visit

Pets are not allowed.
The access is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, without prior registration.
This is an entirely free event.

This garden is open daily and can be visited independently of the festival's programme.

The Necessidades Royal Estate, also known as the Tapada das Necessidades, corresponds to the old enclosure of the Necessidades Convent and resulted from a 17th century project by King D. João V. Over the course of almost 300 years, the space has been subject to several interventions by a series of monarchs, including D. Fernando, D. Pedro V (who ordered the construction of its domed greenhouse) and D. Carlos. It was during the latter’s reign that the Pavilion, known as Regalo House, was built to serve as Queen D. Amélia’s painting studio.

The gardens are romantic in style, with lakes, ponds and various statues, as well as stunning examples of various tree species, such as Mediterranean hackberry (Celtis australis) and umbus (Phytolacca dioica), a small forest of dragon trees (Dracaena draco) and perhaps one of Lisbon’s best collections of agaves, aloes, barbary figs and yuccas.

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Guided Visits

Necessidades Royal Estate Guided Visit

The Necessidades Royal Estate is one of the largest and most notable green spaces in the city of Lisbon, due to its unique combination of history, art, botany and landscaping, spread over approximately 10 hectares.

We invite you to join a guided visit that starts at the windmill, the oldest building on the Estate lands, before proceeding along the forest and landscaped garden, passing through various hubs that make up the Estate’s buildings, waterways and landscapes, ending at the south entrance next to the gatehouse, where you can visit the Necessidades Square viewpoint.

Conducted by: Sofia Andrade e Conceição Candeias (May 12); Teresa Camara e Helena Barros Gomes (May 26 )
Location: Tapada das Necessidades
Meeting point: next to the windmill (enter through the north gate on Rua do Borja)

For all ages
Capacity: 25 people
Duration: 90 minutes

Registration not required. Places are available on a first come, first served basis.