19. November 2020
List of Azorean Gardens that are Unique Worldwide
The Azores have nature as a business card. This archipelago is an authentic garden in the Atlantic Ocean that will toast you with wonders. Our islands, besides being already a garden, have spaces where you can enjoy a unique diversity of plants. The gardens are one of the most rewarding and enjoyable forms of tourism. In its purest state, gardening is a manifestation of mankind’s love of plants, beauty, and landscape, and gardens are as infinitely varied as the people and cultures that create them. A garden can be a backyard, a natural park, it can be any green space as long as it contains the essence of nature and lots of positive energy. Our gardens are controlled and maintained, and are not characterized by a sophisticated and symmetrical design. But they are very special and worthy of a visit!
What can you enjoy and do in a garden?
A garden displays plants, flowers and other forms of nature. It goes beyond plant exposure. You can enjoy in our various gardens, lakes, insects, birds, rails, flowers, plants. You can relax, or enjoy a meal, a reading, or simply enjoy the sun and the environment.
Gardens in the Azores
Let us see our most beautiful natural sanctuaries that must be contemplated:
Faial Botanical Garden
This garden is located in Quinta de São Lourenço, in the Flamengos valley, on the island of Faial. The space attracts its visitors since 1986 making a scientific and ecological contribution. It is made up of greenhouses and free spaces, where you can learn about plants and enjoy the beauty of this space that is mainly for research.
Garden of the Viewpoint of Ponta do Sossego
The diversity of flowers and flower beds, always very careful, make of this place the biggest garden of the county of the Northeast that is located in the island of São Miguel. This garden is set in a belvedere, where you can enjoy magnificent flower beds, with very bright colors and still venture out on a picnic, or simply enjoy this area overlooking the sea.
Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park
The Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões is located along the course of the clear waters of Ribeira dos Caldeirões, in the parish of Achada in the county of Northeast, on the island of São Miguel. In this natural park is possible to observe an abundant and varied flora. What really deserves more attention in this area of the natural park, is the existence of a waterfall, which enchants all. In this park there are old water mills, and in one of them there is an ethnographic museum. The millers' houses were transformed into handicraft shops and rural tourism. The waters of the river will serve as soundtrack while you make your walk and enjoy this park. You will be able to enjoy a snack in this space, relax and enjoy what nature has to offer.
It is undoubtedly a paradisiac place and protected by a lush green.
José do Canto Garden
Jardim José Canto is located in the city of Ponta Delgada in São Miguel, being a space of great scenic and botanical interest. This green zone began to be planted in 1845 by José do Canto, and over time was visited by countless national and foreign personalities, including King D. Carlos and US President Franklin Roosevelt. In the space of the garden there are several buildings, lakes and lots of vegetation. It is an ideal garden to spend a moment to explore and enjoy nature in its simplest state.
Duque da Terceira Garden
António Borges Garden
This garden is located in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. It was built in the 19th century and has a patrimonial value of great relevance. It is made up of exceptional arboreal heritage and a very diverse botanical diversity. It has a different touch with the presence of caves, tunnels, lakes and a magnificent cistern-lookout. This lookout cistern has the look of a castle built of volcanic stone that will give the feeling that it is part of a magical world. This garden is great for a romantic stroll, where you can picnic, or simply stroll through this vast space.
Sant’Ana’s Palace Garden
This garden is located in the city of Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel. This green space is part of the Palace of Sant’Ana and were built in the mid-nineteenth century. The botanical garden is a living museum. The natural and built elements that make up the garden convey a high level of history and culture, making this place an example of landscape art. In this garden you can identify several different elements, from the area with lake, lawns and flower beds, to the existence of a vegetable garden. The circuit set in the garden allows visitors to enjoy a vast and charming park with a wide variety of flowers that gives the garden and vegetable garden a beautiful array of varied colors. The energy the garden conveys is extraordinary. It is certainly ideal for a few hours' walk not to be missed.
Terra Nostra’s Park
This space is located on the island of São Miguel and is one of the most beautiful gardens of the Azores. Terra Nostra Park is a century-old garden created more than 200 years ago by Thomas Hickling, being unique in species of trees, plants and other plant species. The park is recognized mainly for its richness and diversity in plants and trees. The beauty of the botany of this park is in tune with its waters, forming a beautiful scenery! Here you can take a romantic stroll there. This volcanic space, has a thermal tank where you can enjoy hot water outdoors, in close contact with nature! Is there anything more wonderful than this? Yes, this park offers you a magnificent stay at Terra Nostra Garden Hotel.