The most amazing parks and gardens in Portugal (II)
We continue our guide of the most amazing gardens and parks in Portugal as we are trying to discover new places for enjoying a peaceful and relaxing afternoon. The choices are really vast and the satisfaction is guaranteed for sure. Those who appreciate the beauty of the nature will be absolutely thrilled about these future proposals. Those who are still undecided could consider this as an opportunity for admiring the beauty of the nature which sometimes passed unobserved.
The first on our list is Regaleira Gardens. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The garden is part of Quinta da Regaleira, an estate located close to Sintra. The entire landscape is very romantic and fascinating and thus, it could be a unique destination for couples. The main attraction of the estate is without any doubt The Palacio da Quinta or Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire as it is also known in Portugal but one cannot but gaze at the beauty of the garden surrounding for more than 4 hectares the palace. If you are an adventurous spirit then you will be pleased to discover that some paths lead to artificial fountains and fountains, several tunnels and even grottoes and a labyrinth. Quite exciting!
Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra (Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Coimbra)
Founded between 1772 and 1774, the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra is one of the most popular places during summer time. It is also appreciated as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens on the continent. The Garden has 13 hectares and is populated with a dense vegetation of exotic plants such as eucalyptus, fichus and bamboos and rare Portuguese plants. But the spot that attracts the majority of the visitors is the greenhouse. This is where tropical and subtropical plants have all the necessarily conditions (adequate temperature and humidity) in order to develop appropriately. It is also the pride of the entire Botanical Garden. If you like birds then you will have the chance to admire some rare species in the Botanical Garden of Coimbra: the brown squirrel being one of them. The Botanical Garden frequently organizes important events every year, the most significant in 2012 being Fascination of Plants Day, on May, 18. Unfortunately, the website of the Garden is only in Portuguese but if you happen to pass by Coimbra you should ask at the reception of your hotel for more information as it is without any doubt a splendor of the city.
I hope you enjoyed our trip around some of the most amazing gardens and parks in Portugal and you are willing to explore them yourself.