The University of Porto Botanical Garden is an eclectic,... - Secret World

Rua do Campo Alegre 1191, 4150-181 Porto, Portogallo

by Karen Blixen


The University of Porto Botanical Garden is an eclectic, ordered and designed space of great ecological, aesthetic and referential interest. It is rich in plants, stories and memories,It is located on the western side of the city of Porto, near the Arrábida escarpment, on the remaining area of the former Quinta do Campo Alegre, now only 40,000 m2 (4 ha). The proximity of the Atlantic Ocean and a granite substrate provide the conditions for a varied, robust and many-layered plant community which includes plants from the most diverse bioclimatic regions of the world, with the collections of camellias, conifers and succulents being the highlights. It is spread over three levels in a mosaic of spaces, habitats and species, full of surprise and diversity.