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18th August, 2020

Top five garden excursions in 2021

It’s been a tough year for many, and most of us are in need of something to look forward to - and our 2021 cruise itineraries are just the ticket.

We’ve gathered together our top five gardens, to highlight some of the amazing, unique experiences that guests on our cruises in 2021 will get to enjoy.

1. Flor and Fjære (from Stavanger)

Flor og Fjaere, Sør-Hidle

Flor and Fjӕre is an unexpected jewel, dropped from the tropics into Sør-Hidle, Norway. You can take a boat trip from Stavanger to the island and enjoy the colourful paradise of the gardens. Since opening to the public in 1995, the gardens host two tours per day, and there’s even a restaurant!

The town of Stavanger itself is also a beautiful stop, filled with history and quirks. You may want to spend some time exploring similarly impressive places like the Norwegian Canning Museum, or the Norwegian Petroleum Museums. Or otherwise, simply walk around the historical centre and take in the architecture.

2. Peterhof Palace Gardens (St Petersburg)

Peterhof Gardens

The Peterhof complex is a real statement of the former wealth and splendour of the Russian Tsars. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site covering an area of almost 4000 hectares, and features a complex of gardens with natural-spring fountains amidst wonderfully picturesque trees.

If you book far enough in advance, you can also look around the Palace itself, as well as the various museums in the complex.

3. The Botanical Gardens of La Concepción (Málaga)

The Botanical Gardens of La Concepción

The Botanical Gardens of La Concepción are some of the most exquisite gardens in Spain. All of the plants are arranged in scientific order, which provides an interesting (and educational) curated experience. You can explore prehistoric plants, aquatic plants, as well as collections of African plants and bamboos.

Within the Botanical Gardens lies the Historical Garden, itself a total of 3.5 hectares of jungle-like flora, and a landscaped layout comprising beautiful waterfalls, streams, fountains, greenhouses, and much more.

Not only do the gardens contain more than 3000 species, but many of them are considerably rare!

4. The Powerscourt Estate Garden (from Dublin)

Powerscourt House And Gardens

The Powerscourt estate is a fabulous house and gardens that opened in 1741 in County Wicklow, Ireland.

It is built on the site of a 13th-century castle, originally owned by a man named La Poer (hence the anglicisation into “Power”). It was largely rebuilt in the 18th century to its current form, and the gardens were expanded into a plethora of garden cul-de-sacs - including stone towers, Japanese gardens, statues, and even a pet cemetery! It was voted number 3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic in 2014, and remains popular amongst green-fingered visitors to this day.

5. Madeira Botanical Gardens (Funchal)

Funchal’s blooming Botanical Gardens

The Madeira Botanical Gardens in Funchal are Portugal’s redolent contribution to modern landscape gardening.

The gardens contain around 35,000 square metres of meticulously-maintained sections, with over two thousand exotic plants on display. You’re able to explore indigenous plants of the Atlantic islands, a tree garden, a succulent area, and even a rare birds section!

It’s an amazing way to spend the day in the sun, as well as learn to all about the natural history of the island.

Book your next outdoor adventure today

If these beautiful gardens have got you feeling inspired to enjoy the great outdoors, then our cruise itineraries could be just what you’re looking for.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.