FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE JARDINS DE PONTE DE LIMA
The international garden festival in Ponte de Lima has been running for twelve years. The festival takes place in a beautiful park on the northern bank of the River Lima, from May to October each year. Garden designers from all over the world enter their designs for the competition, which takes a different theme each year. (Recent themes have included water in the garden, music in the garden and food in the garden.) Visitors vote for their favourite design and this garden is replicated the following year, alongside the new gardens.
The festival attracts some very modernist designers, and there are often unusual sculptures and interactive aspects in the gardens. Children are positively encouraged to play on and with the exhibits, in recent years gardens have featured musical instruments, walls to scribble on, a 'rain mist' tunnel to walk through and ladders to climb. As well as the festival, the park also has a lovely maze, a children's playground and (from June to September) there is a large open air swimming pool to enjoy for a small extra charge.
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