Best Places to Train Outdoors in Lisbon
Now that the Portuguese soccer team just brought home the 2016 Euro Championship cup, the Portuguese Olympic team got a motivational boost for the Olympics in Brasil. But not only them. Fitness and sports are more popular than ever in the city. It is not hard to find people jogging all over town, enjoying the sunny days and warm weather. Moreover, Lisbon is full of wonderful and well equipped green parks. So, if you're around and you want to keep your shape, here are the best ones for your personal Olympic practice:
Parque de Monsanto
With 900 ha, Monsanto is biggest green area of the city. Locals call it "the lung of Lisbon". It's one of the best places for a good run. If running is not your thing, don't worry. The park also offers a rock climbing wall, a training circuit and an horse riding center. All you have to do is pick your favourite sport.
The University Campus sports center is opened to everyone. It offers a huge variety of sports. You can swim, play tennis, practice a few martial arts, rugby, fencing, handball, basket and even golf. And if you're not seduced by any of these, you can just go and take a walk. You will not regret it. The green surroundings are beautiful.
Parque da Belavista
Every two years in May this park is invaded by one of the biggest Rock Festivals in the country: - Rock in Rio. Apart from this, it is a very calm and relaxing park to go for a jogging. But there's more: you can design your own training and use the free equipment. Or maybe you prefer to practice your best shot at the golf field.
Parque Urbano Vale do Silêncio
Vale do silêncio means "Silent Valley". So if you look for a calmer way to keep fit and healthy this is the place you are looking for. With nice and shady grass lawns, this park is wonderful for practices such as yoga, tai chi, chi kung or even simple and quiet meditation. A great place to bring your body and soul into alignment.
Paredão do Estoril
Only 15 minutes by train from Lisbon center, you'll have access to a privileged training circuit. Paredão do Estoril is a sidewalk running along the beach. You can walk, run or cycle. The best part is that you can end your training with a refreshing swim in the ocean.
Silvia is a writer and a traveller born and and raised in Lisbon. Although her journeys have been taking her a bit everywhere in the world, Lisbon is the city where she always return to unveil and write about its never ending wonders.
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