The Gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

The formal gardens of the Ducal Palace in Vila Viçosa were closed for restoration work and so all my photographs were taken from or through windows. But you could wander elsewhere in the Palace grounds and as it was a warm and sunny day I wandered!

The formal gardens are magnificent! Absolutely immaculate, with amazing patterns and screeching peacocks – loved it! But I can’t find any information about the design or who created the gardens.

The formal gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

The formal gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

The formal gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

Behind the Coach Museum there is less control, but the gardens are still beautiful.

The gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

The gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

The gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

And between the Coach Museum and the Palace I found beds planted with red hot pokers and cycads, and a strelitzia – plants I saw in South Africa earlier in the year.

The gardens of the Ducal Palace, Vila Vicosa

A wonderful visit.