An excursion to Parque da Serafina and Hellopark near Lisbon
Since 2018, our children have been invited from time to time to children’s birthday parties in Hellopark at Monsanto. You can find it at the entrance of the much older but still very popular children’s playground Parque Recreativo del Alto de la Serafina, which has been located above Benfica on the green slopes of the Monsanto mountain since 1992.
“Parabéns a você,
nesta data querida,
muitos anos de vida…”,
it resounds from over the meadow.
A shining child’s face
four candles in front of him
and surrounded by the enthusiastic family
and his best friends.
While there is an entrance fee for Hellopark, Parque da Serafina is free of charge. But even in the latter, many nice children’s birthday parties take place on summer weekends. However, for us, the park was always a little too crowded for such events.
Among shady meadows, Parque da Serafina has various playgrounds for different age groups, a small labyrinth, a kind of Native American village, a large covered picnic area at the top with a view of Lisbon and a traffic area where your children can race around with bicycles, scooters or tricycles they have brought with them. There is also a large picnic area, although on weekends it is fully occupied early in the morning.
If you are then drawn to the pretty Cafe Greenhouse at Hellopark, you can drop your children off at the latter and watch them driving pedal cars, climbing and balancing, or jumping around for hours in the bouncy castle.
Those who still have some time afterwards can still visit the wonderful garden of the Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira, which is fantastically enchanted and will also give little children great joy. It is accessible in 10 minutes by foot (very close by) but in parts only over a moderately frequented country road. You should beware of the aggressive black swan, which knows how to defend its fairy-tale castle courageously to this day.
Parque Recreativo del Alto de la Serafina
Estr. Serafina, Lisboa
GPS: 38.734870, -9.179337
By car via the A5, exit 2 (Monsanto), or from Benfica. By bus number 770 from Sete Rios.
Parque da Serafina:
1 October – 31 March: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
1 April – 30 September: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
215 851 285 / 910 271 045
Tu – Fr: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sa & Su: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Price: €9 per child per hour
In Parque da Serafina there are very good areas for picnics. The Cafe Greenhouse is located directly at the entrance of Parque da Serafina. When the weather is good, you can sit there in the shade and enjoy a coffee or a drink. There are also some snacks for unexpected hunger attacks, for example toasts and cakes.
Daily: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm