São Paulo, Brazil, is an enormous sprawling city, and it is usually associated with endless expanses of grey concrete. While the city offers a wealth of dining options, culture, museums, and galleries, sometimes you need a break from the urban environment to sit on the green grass and breathe the fresh air. Luckily, huge portions of the city are also covered by the Atlantic rainforest and have become beautifully landscaped public parks.
These lush and green escapes are where you will find joggers, couples, and families retreating from the hot and busy city and enjoying a chat, a picnic on the grass, or a quiet walk. The parks might even feature sport and recreation facilities, as well as museums and monuments.
Below are four of the best parks you can visit in São Paulo.
1. Parque do Ibirapuera
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This immense oasis of calm spans more than two square kilometers and contains walking trails, lakes, museums, exhibition spaces, and 120 different species of birds. Grab a coconut water from one of the vendors, walk along the trails, or take in a free yoga or capoeira session. If you are looking for some food for the mind, check out the Museu Afro Brasil or the Museu de Arte Moderna.
2. Parque da Independência
Prince Dom Pedro IV from Portugal became the Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro I when he officially broke free of Portuguese rule at this location in 1822. This park honors the important event, while the beautiful Museu do Ipiranga, built in 1890, echoes the style of Versailles. This park features some truly gorgeous museum gardens with royal palms, cypresses, azalea, and boxwood. Open air jazz and rock concerts are held in the park every few months.
3. Trianon Park
This lovely park is thickly forested with Atlantic rainforest flora and several walking trails woven through it. Along the way, many children’s play areas and quiet places let you sit and reflect. It’s a beautiful, cool, and peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. Parque Villa-Lobos
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This beautiful, leafy park has been around for 17 years, and it offers many fully grown trees and swathes of grass where you can sit and enjoy a quiet moment. Parque Villa-Lobos is a popular spot for joggers, cyclists, city residents, and visitors who want to enjoy the gymnastic equipment, ball courts and football pitches. Why not explore the park on a rental bike, skateboard, or roller skates?
These four public parks represent a few of the lovely green parks in São Paulo where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful escape from the chaos of this bustling Brazilian city. If you are staying in a centrally located hotel you will be able to reach them all quite easily through a short walk or by using public transit. Have you discovered any other great São Paulo parks that we may have missed? Let us know by sharing the parks’ names and their locations in the comments below.