Located in the Monsanto Forest Park and filling a surface of about 5 hectares, the Santana Mills Park is one of the highlights one can stumble across while searching out the largest forest of Lisbon. The name of the park comes from the mills which were built in the area in the mid 18th century by the members of the Dominican order, who used to live at the Monastery of Bom Sucesso. By now, few of the back then numerous mills have managed to survive, but the park proper is more than a sightseeing opportunity.

Thus, the area was bought by the municipality of Lisbon and restored and redesigned as a recreation park, and since 1997 the park has been welcoming visitors in search of a peaceful refuge away from the buzz of the city. Though not spectacular with respect to its floral asset, there are several species which draw the attention: cypresses, pines, olives, carobs and almonds, for instance. There are also wide lawns which peg out the set dominated by trees and shrubs.

Santana Mills Park (Parque dos Moinhos de Santana)
Parque Florestal de Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal
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