Gardens and Parks

National Forest of the Seven Hills

How To Visit The National Forest Of The Seven Hills In 2022

The National Forest of the Seven Hills is the main park in Tomar. With about 39 hectares, it’s also called Fence of the Convent of Christ, as it was owned by the Order of Christ until the extinction of religious orders in 1834. Nowadays, the National Forest of the Seven Hills is the ideal place in Tomar for walking, doing sports, and enjoying nature and the outdoors. Here, you’ll find several picnic parks and hiking trails, as well as a children’s playground and other points of interest!

Horto de Camões Garden

How To Visit The Horto De Camões Garden In 2022

The Horto de Camões Garden is a themed garden dedicated to the life and work of Luís de Camões – the greatest figure in Lusophone literature and author of the epic poem “The Lusiads”, where he recounts the sea voyage of Vasco da Gama to India. Besides gathering 52 botanical species mentioned by the poet, this green space is composed of structures alluding to places in Africa and Asia. Designed by the landscape architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Teles, the Horto de Camões Garden is located in Constância!

Tuileries Garden

How To Visit The Tuileries Garden In 2022

The Tuileries Garden is the most famous garden in Paris and one of the most pleasant places to stroll in the French capital. The history of this green park dates back to the 16th century when it was created in the Italian style to beautify the Tuileries Palace. A century later, the landscape architect André Le Nôtre (author of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles and the Palace of Fontainebleau) turned it into the current French garden, with symmetrical flower beds and decorative statues!

Villa Sassetti

How To Visit The Villa Sassetti In 2022

The Villa Sassetti is the perfect fusion of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, with architectural and landscape details reminiscent of other historic buildings in the Portuguese town. Its history began in 1885 when Victor Carlos Sassetti decided to build a summer house based on the castles of Lombardy. The result was a Mediterranean-inspired “villa”, thanks to the circular tower in Lombard Romanesque style, the terracotta tones, the Portuguese tiles, and the granite from the Sintra Mountains!

Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra

Quinta Da Regaleira In Sintra: Best Tips For Visiting In 2022

The Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra is a must-visit monument for architecture, landscaping, and mysticism lovers. And did you know that the property hides mystical structures, magical sceneries, and alchemical symbols linked to Freemasonry, the Templars, and the Rosicrucian Order? Built at the end of the 19th century, the Quinta da Regaleira is made up of a luxurious palace and an enigmatic garden, which reflect the interests of its owner: the millionaire António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro!

Chalet of the Countess of Edla

How To Visit The Chalet Of The Countess Of Edla In 2022

The Chalet of the Countess of Edla in Sintra was idealized by King Ferdinand II and Elise Hensler (his second wife) between 1864 and 1869. You can find it in the heart of the Pena Park, less than 2 km from the National Palace of Pena, the highest exponent of romantic architecture in Portugal. Designed in the style of alpine chalets, the Chalet of the Countess of Edla is a modest residence and a country retreat, which allowed the king and the countess to live far away from the Portuguese Court!

National Palace of Pena

National Palace Of Pena: Best Tips For Visiting In 2022

When people ask me what to do in Lisbon, I always suggest spending a 1 or 2 in Sintra, the land of enchanted palaces! The National Palace of Pena is the king of them all, with endless panoramic views and colors reminiscent of Disneyland castles. In addition to having been elected one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal, the Pena Palace is considered the first romantic palace in Europe. For that reason, it was the inspiration for other historic buildings, including the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria!

Park Güell

How To Visit Park Güell In 2022

Park Güell (in Catalan, Parc Güell) is an urban park designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. Besides, it’s one of 7 works by the architect distinguished as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The idea for the creation of Park Güell came from Eusebi Güell, who wanted to build a luxury condominium inspired by the English concept of “garden cities”. The initial project had 60 houses, streets, squares, and viaducts. However, the urbanization proved to be a failure and was converted into a public park!

Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden

How To Visit The Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden In 2022

The Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden is the largest oriental garden in Europe, occupying 35 hectares of the Quinta dos Loridos (a wine estate in Leiria, Portugal). And despite being known for the Buddha statues, the enclosure is made up of several green spaces, with ornamental ponds and curious sculptures. Above all, the Buddha Eden is a tribute to Asian cultures and religions. Here, you’ll wander among giant Buddhas, pagoda towers, terracotta warriors of Xian, and lakes with Koi fish!

Cerco Garden

How To Visit The Cerco Garden In 2022

The Cerco Garden is a baroque garden located next to the Royal Building of Mafra. It has about 9 hectares and started out as a conventual fence, housing a formal garden, a botanical garden, and several leisure areas. With the extinction of the Religious Orders in 1834, the Cerco Garden became exclusive to the court. After having served as a Conventual Garden and a Court Garden for two centuries, the Cerco Garden opened to the public in 1910. And nowadays, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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