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18.10.2021 • 24.10.2021
Santar Garden Village
Autumn is the season of renewal, the season of being inspired by the spell of new beginnings. Autumn in Center of Portugal is absolutely gorgeous, a deeply fascinating time to discover the most enchanting natural landscapes, covered in golden colours, bathed by sunlight. Time to unveil the timeless beauty of the gardens of Center of Portugal. Our favourite colour is Autumn!
The gardens of Casa da Ínsua
What makes the dazzling gardens of Parador Casa da Ínsua, located in Penalva do Castelo, only 30 minutes away from Viseu, absolutely unique is the vastness, originality and variety of botanical species. The most remarkable ones are the French Garden and the English Garden.
Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra
The Botanical Garden occupied a considerable portion of the grounds of the College of São Bento, which had been given over to the University of Coimbra, undergoing extensive remodelling dating from the time of the Pombaline Reforms (1774). The Botanical Garden seems to be the perfect island in the centre of Coimbra, but it is its scientific value that makes it particularly unique !
At the far end of Buçaco Mountain, where the highest range is 547 meters high, you’ll find Buçaco Woods, surrounded by a high wall with eleven entrance doors. Make them your starting point for a stroll through Nature in the region and fall in love with the serene exuberance, almost magical, of Buçaco’s intense green colour.
Bishop’s Palace Garden in Castelo Branco
The Garden of the Bishop’s Palace in Castelo Branco is one of the most original examples of the Baroque in Portugal!
Park D. Carlos I in Caldas da Rainha
Park D. Carlos I is a romantic garden, located in the charming town of Caldas da Rainha, embracing the former thermal hospital, built under the ruling of D. João V. This was mainly a place for health recovery, where the patients of the thermal hospital could walk around and enjoy the soothing effect of the park.
Park of contemporary sculpture in Vila Nova da Barquinha
Alberto Carneiro, Ângela Ferreira, Carlos Nogueira, Cristina Ataíde, Fernanda Fragateiro, Joana Vasconcelos, José Pedro Croft, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Rui Chafes, Xana and Zulmiro de Carvalho. For the first time in Portugal a park that exhibits the very best of Portuguese contemporary sculpture, embracing artists and works from the 60’s to present day.