Welcome to Casa Canela Luxury Garden Tours of Portugal
Unbeknown to most people, Portugal has a wealth of lovely gardens from the North to the South from the East to the West, dating from the Romans, the Moors to the present day. For this reason Casa Canela has great pride and pleasure to announce the inauguration of their Luxury Garden Tours of Portugal.
We begin our tours in the North to visit the magnificent Camellia Gardens. It is believed that camellias were bought into Portugal during the latter part of the 17th century by members of the East India Company.
Since 1880, Porto has been known as the City of Camellias. Some of the camellias that we shall be visiting are in private and public gardens. The rhododendrons are not to be missed either and nor are the azaleas.
In the early summer we go to Lisbon and the surrounding Areas, Sintra, Azeatao. to visit magnificent gardens of Monserrat (which are being rebuilt by our Garden Architect, Gerald Luckhurst who will accompany us on the tours.) Regaleira and a private estate across the river Tagus. We will visit other private and public gardens in Lisbon and areas. Filled with the old tiles and statues.
Many of the gardens in Portugal have copied the Moorish way of taking the inside 'rooms' outside by building garden 'rooms'. We see this especially in and around the Lisbon area.
In both Lisbon and Porto we shall stay in superior 5 * hotels. We will be transported in an air conditioned 18 seater mini bus. You will have a chance to see some of the lovely country side that Portugal boasts of and with reason. The camellias and rhododendrons both flower in the Spring, therefore we advise sensible footwear should be worn and we will provide the umbrellas if needed.
We are so enthusiastic about these wonderful gardens that it will be our great pleasure to show you these treasures of Portugal.