[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
Gardens are a constant presence in the lives of human beings. Gardens make us reconnect with nature, stimulate the dexterity, promote relax and mitigate the effects of urbanization. All around the world, it is almost impossible to find a civilization that has not developed a deep-rooted “green” tradition: there are many places in the South of Europe that remind us of the importance gardens always have had for the humans.
You are now going to begin a trip from South to North, you will stop by the most beautiful and fascinating gardens in Europe, and draw a map of the places that are essential to those who love to travel while being in close touch with nature.
The Alhambra Palace is hidden in the city of Granada: a rare architectural beauty in which stones, water and “green” are harmoniously blended, thanks to the touch of the Arabic culture.
Designed and built during the fourteenth century by the wealthy Sultans, the Alhambra Gardens are some of the best preserved Moorish gardens in the world. “Moors” gardens are characterized by a distinctive Moorish architecture and by the constant presence of water: this natural element becomes the real architectural pillar as it perfectly connects stone and plants.
Inside the fortress you will experience the surprising continuity between the different areas of the building, with hedges, trees, flowers and fountains all over the area, and with a view that is absolutely breathtaking. Myrtle and orange trees are natural elements that play a dual role: they are not only an architectural and a decorative characteristic of the gardens, but they are also delighting the visitors with their characteristic scents.
Visiting the Alhambra Gardens is a unique experience that will allow the visitors to get carried away into a distant and exotic time.
3 secrets of the Gardens of the Alhambra
Imagine an island with the shape of a ship that emerges from the placid waters of a lake, nestled between green hills and high peaks. This is not a just dream, it is the natural frame of the Isola Bella of Lake Maggiore.
With its surface area of 320 meters in length and 180 in width, the island holds one of the most impressive gardens in Europe. In year 1632, Carlo III Borromeo inaugurated the current structure of the island, which begun to take shape when the majestic Palace was built, which name derives from the wealthy family that owns the island.
The top of the island coincides with the bow of the huge ship, in which the palace is placed, while the stern is represented by the green area of the gardens. These areas are a perfect example of the Italian baroque garden, structured by 10 sloping terraces that arise following a pyramidal pattern.
The freshness of the natural elements is enhanced by the presence of the Baroque architecture and by statues and balusters that sustain the scenic design. Visitors are welcomed by enviable green lawns, bushes that follow intricate paths, wonderful roses and ancient trees.
3 Secrets of the Isola Bella Gardens
There is a real botanical and architectural marvel hidden in the Portuguese town Sintra: the Monserrate Palace. This Palace is designed to reveal Nature and give it an added value, like a path that combines the wonderful building with an impressive botanical area.
The building combines harmoniously different styles like Gothic and Neo-Moorish, blended with an Indian touch. From the center, a path goes far and wide among slopes, streams, waterfalls and areas with rare plants from all corners of the world.
The current modern structure of the building took shape in year 1793 when Francis Cook, an English man who took over the property and turned it into a real jewel. Visitors can follow the numerous trails of the park to discover plants, flowers and trees, and each area includes species of plants from all over the world, brought together by geographical proximity in order to give the visitor the deep sensation of being in far away lands.
Anyone who crosses the threshold of the Monserrate Palace and its garden, is welcomed by the suggestive and magical feeling of a tale from the Arabian Nights.
3 secrets of the Monserrate Palace and its gardens:
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