Close to the Monsanto Park lies Tapada da Ajuda, which is one of the largest green areas in town. Almost
every species of terrestrial birds that occur in Lisbon can be found here.
Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Wren, Robin, Black redstart,
Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Spotless Starling, House Spoarrow, Serin,
close to Alcantara, at the top
end of Luís de Camões
does not close
free of charge but subject to
restrictions (ask for
permission at the gate)
The Tapada is formed by a network of roads and tracks. Cars are allowed into the area and this sometimes
means disturbance along the main roads. For this reason, one should preferably choose the secondary, less
Just after passing the entrance, one can see the large building of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (a
university); in surrounding fields, it is possible to see Zitting Cisticola, Barn Swallow and Kestrel. The nearby
trees usually hold Collared Dove and Greenfich.
As the buildings are left behind, one enters the most densely vegetated area of the Tapada. Typical birds here
include Turtle Dove, Jay and several species of tit. Red-legged Partridges are regular here and can
sometimes be seen walking on the roads.
At the Tapada's highest point, close to the Umbrella Pine roundabout, there is a viewpoint, from where it is
possible to see the city and the river. Swallows, Martins and Swifts can usually be seen here.