A Hill Full of Surprises
When we enter Lisbon on the 25 de Abril Bridge, on the left you can see the Ajuda neighborhood, which extends to Monsanto Park.
This neighborhood has a rich and varied heritage fruit of the many generations that have passed there.
In the center and in the highest zone, Ajuda National Palace was built. A majestic palace, which was once a “Royal Shack”, housing the Royal Family after the 1755 earthquake that destroyed the center of the city. This palace is a national monument, with reconstitution of the royal residence.
Next to the palace, and overlooking the beautiful Calçada da Ajuda, there is the Botanical Garden, the oldest in Portugal. Here you can discover a 400 year old tree and you can enjoy a magnificent view with the backdrop of the Tagus River, the 25 de Abril Bridge and Cristo Rei.
Afterwards, the whole neighborhood unfolds around in narrow, sloping streets, up and down steadily. A tangle of streets worth discovering, an authentic labyrinth. Here live families and foreign students who attend the colleges of Ajuda. A quiet neighborhood, mostly housing, and with some local commerce. A very quiet area to live, just a short distance from the river bank.