Sometimes the natural world can give gardening a run for it’s money. From lakes to woods and even fields of wild flowers all can be man made and yet all can be found in nature.
An unusual but very special place that springs to mind are the fields over the Guadiana River across from Juromenha Castle.
Juromenha Castle in Juromenha (South Eastern Portugal) is an old abandoned castle that overlooks the Guadiana River and the border with Spain. The castle itself is impressive with large imposing walls and an iconic bell tower. However it’s the views across the river that steals the show.
Over the river the farm fields of Spain make for a breath taking sight with golden fields and rolling hills. It is perhaps a fine example of the imitation of nature albeit accidental that for centuries gardeners and garden designers have fervently pursued.
The location is rather quiet and considered part of the rural tourism of Portugal. As the site is rich in history and has stunning views it is well worth a visit if you are travelling in and around the area.