Gardens

Gardens

Quinta da Bacalhôa
Quinta da Bacalhôa
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The gardens at Quinta da Bacalhôa in Setúbal were first laid out in the sixteenth-century during the Renaissance period. Fully-restored to their former glory in the 1930s, today the gardens continue to demonstrate the fashionable styles of the period. These are typified by neat knot-gardens of box wood and shaped topiary bushes rather than the free-form naturalistic design that became common in later centuries.

Evoking the grand gardens of Italy in form, it is also dotted with stone fountains, statues and pavilions that draw the eye. The gardens are open from 10am – 5pm, Monday to...

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Setúbal
Gardens Palaces and Historic Houses
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal - sports pavilion
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal sports pavilion
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Set on a hilltop in Porto's city centre are the Gardens of the Palácio de Cristal. An 8 hectare expanse of landscaped gardens offering panoramic views of the city and Douro River below.  

Created towards the end of the 19th century the layout of the gardens is the work of eminent German landscape gardener Émille David.

The gardens are an oasis of calm within Portugal's second city. Paths weave between the meticulously tended botanical gardens and lawns, and there are fountains and sculptures dotted around the park. The result is a patchwork of smaller gardens, each with its...

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Porto
Gardens Viewpoints
Parque Florestal Monsanto - Lisbon
Parque Florestal Monsanto
Luis Louro

Monsanto Forest Park (Parque Florestal Monsanto) is a large, protected forested area to the west of Lisbon which provides a welcome opportunity to relax away from the traffic and crowds of the city.

This 10 square kilometre site is Lisbon's largest green space and offers panoramic views of the city, the Tejo River and the Atlantic Ocean.  The forest trails, some of which are quite hilly, are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, and there are children's play areas, picnic areas and more.  A number of sporting and cultural events are...

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Lisbon
Gardens Natural
Jardim da Boavista, Porto
Jardim da Boavista

It may seem like something of a contradiction in terms but this quiet little garden is located on one of the busiest roundabouts in Porto.

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Porto
Gardens
Garden of the Episcopal Palace in Castelo Branco
Garden of the Episcopal Palace in Castelo Branco
photo: Nuno Tavares

The 18th century Bishop's garden is a fine example of a baroque garden. Full of statues arranged around ponds, terraces and staircases

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Castelo Branco
Gardens
Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra
Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra

Founded in 1772 by the Marquis of Pombal, the botanical gardens are located in the heart of Coimbra. The 13ha gardens contain plant species from around the world, laid out both logically and aesthetically

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Coimbra
Gardens
Jardim da Estrela - Lisbon
Jardim da Estrela pond and cafe

The Jardim Guerra Junqueiro as it is officially known is one of Lisbon's largest and best parks. Still known to most as the Jardim da Estrela the park covers 4.6 hectares (11.4 acres) in Lisbon's city centre. The park is surrounded by history; overlooked by the stunning, domed Basílica da Estrela to one side, there is the old English cemetery (Cemitério Inglês) and the Military Hospital on the other. The cemetery dates back to the early 1700s and its most celebrated inhabitant is novelist Henry Fielding (author of Tom Jones) who died in Lisbon in 1754.

Inside the imposing cast iron...

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Lisbon
Gardens
Archbishop
Archbishop's Palace and Santa Barbara Garden
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These small but attractive public gardens are located adjacent to the eastern wing of the 14th century Archbishop's Palace. The garden takes advantage of the historic backdrop and also incorporates the medieval arches that remain of an arcade from the palace. Laid out in the 1950s the garden was designed by Jose Cardoso da Silva in the Romantic style, in keeping with its surroundings.
There are other features from the palace utilised throughout the geometric layout of the garden such as old statues, cornices and coats of arms. At the centre of the garden is a statue of Saint (Santa)...

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Braga
Gardens