17 Feb Jardines del Palacio de Fronteira en Lisboa
El horario de visitas es de lunes a sábado con visita guiada a las 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 y 12:00 horas. El jardín también permanece abierto por las tardes de 14:00 a 16:30 horas.
Last summer I visited the Palace Fronteira in Benfica, on the outside of Lisbon. The combination of intense colors creates a magical atmosphere and architecture and arrangement of terraces make these gardens such an wonderful example of Portuguese art .
This palace has its origin in a small chapel in the sixteenth century, which today it’s part of the Palace. The main building of the palace was built around the year 1670 by Joao Mascarenhas, first Earl of Fronteira. Today the family still lives there and manages the “Foundacao Casas de Fronteira y Alorna”.
In the gardens of the Palace of Fronteira the characteristic features of the Renaissance and the particularities of the Portuguese garden are combined, such as tiles, decorated with figurative representations, ponds and terraced boxwood parterres with a particular design and drawing, leaving no espace for seasonal flowers inside.
There is a cave Mannerist style building called “Casa do Fresco” or “Da Agua”, whose walls are coated with porcelain shells, imitating Renaissance grottoes. The deep blue or indigo which are painted the walls of the garden reminds Majorelle Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, that is why some people call it the “Majorelle Portuguese”. The upper area of the garden is the most intimate and fresh zone.
The large pool is surrounded by a balustrade full of lichens and history, and the view from above, which is more than 5 meters tall, creates a perspective without vanishing point. How wonderful it must be to have a party here. For that reason I did not charge entry, which were 3 euros …
Fronteira Palace is located near the area of Monsanto, and can be reached by bus or subway and then a 10 minutes walk. I went with my electric bike and crossed the Park High Serafina a recreational nature area on the outskirts of Lisbon. It was beautiful, it was September and was such a nice weather.
I still have outstanding publish several Portuguese gardens , do not forget me , but autumn came , I started with the London and me were accumulating . But they are so beautiful I ‘m looking forward to that you see . In this post you can see the list of Lisbon and Sintra gardens I visited.
Viewing these gardens I can think of many ways to paint walls, walls or elements (like boxes or doors) of any garden or terrace. Personally I really like this indigo and “albero” colour. Do you like strong colors in the gardens? Which color would you use in your garden?
I hope you have enjoyed the garden and you may be able to visit in person.