Bucaco National Forest

Bucaco National Forest

The National Forest of Bussaco is a heritage of incalculable value, unique in Portugal and in the world. It currently occupies 105 hectares and has one of the best dendrological collections in Europe, with around 250 species of trees and shrubs with notable specimens. It is one of the richest national forests in natural, architectural and cultural heritage, and can be divided into three landscape units: Arboretum, Gardens and Vale dos Fetos and Relic Forest. Classified as a Property of Public Interest, the monumental complex of Bussaco mobilizes an exceptional heritage wealth. In addition to the central nucleus formed by the Palace Hotel do Bussaco and the Convent of Santa Cruz, the hermitages, the chapels of devotion and the Steps that make up the Via Sacra, the Fence with the Doors, the Military Museum and the commemorative monument of the Batalha do Bussaco, the crosses, the fountains (the Fonte Fria with its monumental staircase stands out) and the cisterns, the viewpoints (the one at Cruz Alta offers a privileged view over the entire region between Coimbra and Serra do Caramulo) or the forest houses.

Les Jardins du palais du Marquis de Fronteira (Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira)

Les Jardins du palais du Marquis de Fronteira (Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira)

The Foundation of the Houses of Fonteira and Alorna, was established by Dom Fernando Mascarenhas (1945-2014), who was the representative of three important noble Houses (Fronteira, Alorna e Távora). Dom Fernando Mascarenhas inherited the Condado of Torre and the Fronteira Palace from a great-great Aunt. Since he had no children, he decided to use this unique opportunity to reinforce the connection between his heritage and the family who is historically linked to it, while keeping in mind the public good.

Faial Botanical Garden

Faial Botanical Garden

Open to the public since 1986, the Botanical Garden of Faial consists of the altitude pole, in Pedro Miguel, and the central pole, in the parish of Flamengos, where the Seed Bank of the Azores is located. Its mission concerns the conservation and study of the natural flora of the Azores, scientific dissemination and environmental education. The Botanical Garden was distinguished, in 2011, by Turismo de Portugal with an honorable mention in the “Requalification of public project” award.

Lisbon Botanical Garden

Lisbon Botanical Garden

The Lisbon Botanical Garden (JBL) is classified as a national monument and is part of the historical centre of the Portuguese capital. Its 4 hectares are a treasure trove of plant specimens from different parts of the world, featuring cycads, gymnosperms, palm trees, tropical fig trees, and much much more. In terms of heritage, JBL is home to collections of natural objects, a xylotheque, a herbarium with more than 220,000 leaves, and also includes a seed bank with over 1200 species as well as a DNA bank with 1 to 5 samples of each endangered Portuguese flora species. In JBL you can also visit the Butterfly Garden, the first greenhouse made for breeding butterflies of the Iberian fauna.

Lanzarote Cactus Garden

Lanzarote Cactus Garden

Located in Guatiza, municipality of Teguise, El Jardín de Cactus is the last great work of César Manrique in Lanzarote , a fascinating creation that houses around 4,500 specimens of cacti of some 500 species from the five continents. The artist chose an old rofera (canteen, for the Canaries) used as a dump in an agricultural area with extensive prickly pear plantations dedicated to the cultivation of cochineal, thus assuming the rehabilitation of an area of ​​great scenic value on the island in a state of abandonment. After 20 years of creation, the work gives life to an architecture full of decorative and sculptural elements that integrate with the environment, further enhancing its natural beauty. The presence of volcanic stone and basaltic monoliths turned into sculptures stands out, resulting from the time when earth was extracted; but it is the liveliness and exoticism of the cactus that intoxicates the visitor in an authentic poetic setting of shapes, textures and colors.

Horta Labyrinth Park

Horta Labyrinth Park

All doubt is a labyrinth. Decisions, hypotheses, theories are ways to find solutions and each shortcut opens a new point of view. Think about that as you try to untangle the park’s vegetal maze of broad, tame cypress walls. If when you get to the center you can’t find the heart that the park stole from you, ask Eros where you can get it back. His sculpture is in the middle of the labyrinth. Again located in the world, let’s face the second challenge: Is it a neoclassical garden or a romantic garden?

Alfabia Gardens

Alfabia Gardens

Visiting the Alfabia Gardens in Majorca is one of the best cultural activities that can be done in the Balearic Islands. It is about wonderful gardens and a house that contain valuable historical elements. The gardens, wisely integrated into their natural environment, the variety of styles has not been an amalgamation, but rather a harmony that is difficult to achieve. In front of the main façade, the palm trees stand solemn and majestic, indifferent to the passage of time.

Le Jardin de l’Albarda Gard

Albarda Garden

In addition to its botanical biodiversity, L’Albarda has a formal garden, orchards and wild gardens. These recreate the ancient Renaissance gardens of Valencia which were widely influenced by Arab culture. As in Renaissance gardens, architectural features have a great importance in L’Albarda; visitors will be transported to ancient times as they wander the walkways, pergolas and areas of outstanding natural beauty. In addition to its botanical biodiversity, L’Albarda has a formal garden, orchards and wild gardens. These recreate the ancient Renaissance gardens of Valencia which were widely influenced by Arab culture. As in Renaissance gardens, architectural features have a great importance in L’Albarda; visitors will be transported to ancient times as they wander the walkways, pergolas and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Jardín Botánico de la Universidad de Coímbra (Jardin botanique de l’Université de Coimbra)

Universidad de Coímbra Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra, located in the heart of the city, has as missions research, conservation of biodiversity, education and dissemination of science, with special focus on raising awareness of the importance of plant diversity, climate change and sustainable use of resources.
This living museum extends over almost 12 hectares, where diverse collections of plants, some of which are centuries old, transport us to different regions of the world.

Palmeto di Elche

Palmeto di Elche

The Palmeral de Elche is a unique cultural landscape, of outstanding value and universal significance, it is the heart, oriented towards intensive horticulture, of an irrigation system established by the founders of the Islamic city of Elche, a millennium ago. In this irrigated landscape of Andalusian origin, both traditional components and contemporary adaptations can be observed. A historic palm grove that has configured a unique urban landscape for more than a thousand years, declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.

Palacio de Viana

Palacio de Viana

Although it appears austere from the outside, due to its simple white walls, the Palacio de Viana houses the most important and best preserved manor house in Córdoba, and one of the main ones in Spain. 

Open as a monument to the public for more than 40 years, Viana brings together in one place the largest concentration of patios in the city and a palace-house full of furniture, works of art, heritage and history, gathered over five centuries. 

The Gardens at Alhambra

The Gardens at Alhambra

In the Alhambra we can enjoy a magnificent catalog of gardens from different eras. The gardens are an inseparable part of the palaces and built enclosures, elements of adornment, perfection and symbolism, which occur in all corners of the Alhambra and the Generalife, providing a transcendent component to the landscape of this place.

Canary Islands Botanical Garden “Viera y Clavijo”

Canary Islands Botanical Garden “Viera y Clavijo”

This center is dedicated to the conservation and management of the terrestrial Canarian Flora through three main areas of action: research, environmental education (including dissemination) and the maintenance and exhibition of living collections of terrestrial plants , especially endemic to the Canary Islands. and Macaronesia, but also from areas of the planet that maintain floristic connections with the Canary Islands.

Royal Botanical Garden of Cordoba

Royal Botanical Garden of Cordoba

The Royal Botanical Garden of Córdoba is located next to the Guadalquivir and has 7.5 hectares of landscaped area where we can find different spaces in which to discover flora and nature from different parts of the world. It brings together social, educational and scientific functions, which are carried out through visits, educational and cultural activities, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, scientific and outreach publications, conservation programs for Andalusian plant genetic resources and botanical research.

The Historical Botanical Garden of Concepcion

The Historical Botanical Garden of Concepcion

Around the historical garden is the botanical garden, where the collections of plants are organized according to scientific criteria. So you can see near the entrance a collection of aquatic plants, another of “prehistoric plants”, “the rockery of biodiversity”, a greenhouse with insectivores, bromeliads and orchids; a collection of African plants and another of bamboos. To the north you can visit the route “Around the world in 80 trees”; the collection of palm trees, which enriches the existing one in the historic garden; a collection of varieties of vines from Malaga and another of olive trees in the area of ​​”The plants of our land”. The upper strip of the historic garden is covered by the forest route and the viewpoint route, both with native plants. In the southernmost part is located the collection of cacti and succulents.

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Located in Blanes, in Costa Brava, the Marimurtra Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens on the Mediterranean. At the top of steep cliffs running along the sea, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramic views over the coastline and get to know more than four thousand plant species, most of them exotic ones, as well as several specimens that are extraordinary because of their age or size.

Barcelone Botanical Garden

Barcelona Botanical Garden

Located on a gentle slope in Montjuïc Park , the Barcelona Botanical Garden offers visitors a different walk in each season of the year through the vegetation of the five regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate.
The function of the Garden is to preserve and publicize collections of Mediterranean plants from around the world. Among its main objectives are the conservation and documentation of Catalonia’s natural heritage, acting as a disseminator of botanical and naturalist culture and promoting knowledge and respect for nature.

Coimbra Botanical Garden Portugal

Le Jardin botanique de Coimbra

The Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra is located in the heart of the city. 

This living museum extends over almost 12 hectares, where diverse collections of plants, some of which are centuries old, transport us to different regions of the world. The tropical and cold greenhouses, the Medical and Systematic Schools and its arboretum are home to more than 1500 species of plants. In addition, it has research greenhouses and nurseries and a team with technical knowledge in terms of botany, ecology and gardening.