One third of the area of Parque das Nações is green, and this is due to its beautiful gardens.
On the Northern region of the Towers Vasco da Gama you might find the five famous Garcia de Orta Gardens, a doctor and naturalist who dedicated his life to study plants and herbs from India.
These gardens reflect some of the landscapes and natural environments that the discoverers found during their trips. These gardens are divided into different areas: the African plot, the Macronesia plot, the S. Tomé and Brasil plot, the Goa plot and the Coloane plot which represents Meridional China. On these gardens you might find several plants as vines, tea plants, sugar cane, pepper, banana tree, mango tree, rice, bamboo and many others.
Near the river you might find the riverine pathway, also known as the “tágides” pathway, made by pine trees. Near this pathway you might find the Tágides Lake, an artificial lake with poetic figures imagined by Luis de Camoes, the most important portuguese poet, as the water goddesses. Sculptures were made by João Cutileiro.
On the central area of the Parque das Nações you’ll find the famous water volcanoes.
On the south region you’ll find the unique Water Gardens and the Palm trees garden, on the westside, composed by alternate queues of palm trees, a giraffe, a fountain (which represents a glacier) and a water channel, simulating a river. If you follow this river you’ll find the Mediterranean Garden and the Ulisses’ Lake where you might observe and listen to the beautiful sounds of the waterfall.
Behind the waterfall you’ll see the Hydraulic Garden, with several equipments and instruments which use the water motion to function and, nearby, the waves garden.
Finally, at the south there is, near the Marina, the Cabeço de Rolas Garden.
Parque das Nações, Lisboa
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