I grew up in a small town in the Philippines where gardens are non-existent. The closest thing to a garden that I’ve seen as a child would be the open and empty land in our school yard with patches of grass here and there. Then I moved to the Middle East where, even though gardens exist, I wasn’t able to enjoy it because I would have to drive or take a cab to get there (Middle Eastern cities aren’t pedestrian friendly) and it can only be enjoyed during a very short window when the weather isn’t too hot to sit outside.
When I started traveling to Europe, I was amazed by all the beautiful parks and gardens dotted in each European cities I’ve been to. The gardens of Versailles was the first I’ve seen and although I had a flu when I was there, it didn’t stop me from admiring the beauty of nature which surrounded me. Since then, I made it a point to visit the gardens of every place that I’m going to. I will research for hours on end about the best and must-see parks and gardens and sometimes, I’d even base my itinerary according to where these places are.
I vowed to myself that I will one day live in a city with a beautiful park in it, someday. For now, I’ll just have to settle on looking at the photos some of the fabulous travel bloggers sent me of the most beautiful gardens/parks they’ve ever seen during their travels.
Arabsalim, Lebanon by Rou’a Wehbi
Southern Lebanon has often been linked with various conflicts. Having sustained invasions and wars since for more than 40 years. But that’s far from the South I know. Hidden gems can be found from Saida (historically known as Sidon, one of the most important Phoenician
Chatteau de Versailles, France by Kelly Ella Maz
Visiting the gardens at Chateau de Versailles was a memorable experience for me, because Marie Antoinette has always been one of my favourite movies. The movie and history books that showcase the life of Marie Antoinette and her famed garden could never do this place justice – it’s simply unbelievable! The amount of detail and beauty that spans such a large area is quite impressive. One of my favourite experiences at this garden was renting a little row boat on the pond…. it felt like it was straight out of the movie!
Dubai Miracle Garden, UAE by Dubai Travel Blog
Over 45 million flowers are planted in the Dubai Miracle Garden and this park is known as the largest flower garden in the world. They decorate these flowers in various shapes (hearts, stars, pyramids, etc.) and place them on various structures (houses, cars, etc.) which makes this a unique and grand experience. This is a popular tourist destination to take family/friends and when visiting this park, keep in mind that these flowers were planted on a desert!
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris by Just Traveling Solo
A refuge if you want to escape from the busy crowded streets of Paris. A heaven for those longing to give their tired swelling feet a rest.
Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands by Tales From a Fork
The Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands opens up each year for two months in the Springtime. There are 7 million tulips in blooms arranged beautifully in various gardens. As a plus, there are pavilions, restaurants, a petting zoo, a playground, and so much more to make a day at this park relaxing and fun.
Middleton Place in South Carolina, USA by The Daily Adventures Of Me
I find Middleton Place in South Carolina to be one of the most beautiful and relaxing gardens in the United States. It has formal gardens with the pre-requisite structure and sculpture, but is surrounded by the lackadaiscical beauty of algae-filled waters and weeping beauty of Spanish moss covered trees along the Ashley River
Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria by The Foreign Geek
I’ve never watched Sound of Music therefore didn’t know what was the Mirabell Garden before I visited it a couple years ago. My oh my, it took my breath away the minute I walked into it! Even in winter, it was the most beautiful garden I have ever been to. Ever since then I have taken the time to research and visit gardens both in my city and whenever I travel.
Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain by Probe Around The Globe
Gaudi has done a stunning job of creating an urban park. He transformed the hills on the north side of expanding Barcelona into a lush green park with loads of modernista pieces of art. When art transforms into nature without even noticing it, you know he’s done a good job. The Park Guell in Barcelona has a stunning view across the city of Barcelona onto the sea. You can walk around the park for free, but access to the monumental zone is now charged. You need to book a ticket and a timeslot in advance, to prevent waiting, but this is well worth your euros.
Tafoughalt Natural Park, Morocco by Yousra Ghanam
Tafoughalt Natural Park is a piece of heaven hidden in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. The tiny village and dense forest culminating there at 1500m are like coming straight out of a fairytale. On hazy spring afternoons, you can see all kind of high trees waving to the music of wind, and hear the cicadas singing and filling the evening air abuzz. I could swear there was some magic lost in that fairy place.
Tahiti Botanical Gardens by X Days in Y
The Tahiti Botanical Gardens were one of my favorite spots in this paradise of an island. It all starts with a visit to the two resident Galapagos turtles, with one of them pushing 200 years old! You then wander around the gardens, starting off with a visit to the enchanting mape forest – Tahitian chestnut trees with incredible roots. To finish off your visit, soak up some sun in the lily ponds and grab some shade beneath endless palm trees!
Hongkong Park by Saudi Diva
Despite the substantial showers on that day, I was happy to explore Hong Kong park under the rain. The wet weather added to the beauty of this well-maintained and lush gardens’ park. I had the park all to myself, since everyone else was hiding from the rain. Being a desert girl, an uninhabited rainy green park was my peaceful haven.
Stephen’s Green, Dublin by Anywhere’s Perfect
Dublin has a lot of great parks and it’s hard to choose the best one. Stephen’s Green has the advantage that it’s just at the end of Grafton Street, Dublin Southside’s shopping street – and who doesn’t enjoy a nice relaxing break surrounded by nature after a day of shopping?
Tiantan Park, Beijing by Karolina&Patryk
Tiantan is a beautiful park situated right next to the famous Temple of Heaven in Beijing. We love this place mainly because it is kind of a cultural centre for Beijingners. You can see there the local people who are talking, singing, playing games and having fun.
Parco Sempione, Milan by Frankie Goes To Milano
Grab a panino and an espresso and head for Parco Sempione, the city’s largest park. Adjacent to the gardens of Sforza Castle. Take a stroll along the winding walkways. Lie on the grass and watch the world go by. This site frequently hosts free concerts and events, so keep an eye out.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore by Where’s Sharon
The futuristic Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is by far my favourite garden in the world. These gardens are big and have many attractions. You can climb the supertrees (big vertical gardens) to walk over the sky. There are some interesting conservatories which mimic being in the clouds and surrounded by flowers. There is also an amazing children’s garden with water play area and Malay, Chinese and Indian gardens.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, Japan by The Travel Sisters
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is arguably the most beautiful garden we’ve encountered on our travels. Located in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen actually consists of three different types of gardens: traditional Japanese, formal French and an expansive English garden. Home to a large number of cherry trees, it is a popular but also peaceful spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in the spring. We visited during cherry blossom season and were fortunate enough to experience Shinjuku Gyoen surrounded by beautiful pink sakura.
Kew Gardens, London by The Wander Blogger
Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful parks in London. The world’s largest collection of living plants are here, and the park has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Spring is the very best time of year to visit since nearly all of the 300 acres of gardens are in bloom this time of year!
Emirgan Park, Istanbul by Compass & Fork
Each year in April, Istanbul comes alive with millions of tulips as it celebrates the International Tulip Festival. Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has a long history of cultivating tulips and they an important symbol throughout Turkey’s history. One of the best displays is in Emirgan Park, which is easy to reach on the Bosphorus River Cruise. It is just spectacular and made for some fantastic photos as well.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Sri Lanka by Creativity With Kay
Last December I was on a travel journey to Sri Lanka, and stopped by this very beautiful garden in Kandy. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a garden of history, art, beauty, adventure and lanscape clubbed into one package. At one point in time, this beauty of a garden was exclusively reserved for the Kandyan Royalty, but now it is open to the public.
It’s a beautiful world, isn’t it? 🙂
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