Beauties of Azores: Jose do Canto Botanical Garden in Ponta Delgada

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Beauties of Azores: Jose do Canto Botanical Garden in Ponta Delgada

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Hi there my Steemian friends and followers!

Welcome to my special weekly series called Beauties of Azores that was created by me to raise awareness of the extraordinary charm of a captivating Portuguese archipelago known as the Azores.

In this episode, I will take you to a beautiful green oasis in the middle of the city, a wonderful place known as Jose do Canto Botanical Garden.


Located on Rua Jose do Canto in the northern part of Ponta Delgada, just a short walk from the famous Parque Atlantico Shopping Mall, Jose do Canto Botanical Garden occupies an area of almost 8 ha and it is home to more than 3,000 species of plants and trees from all over the world.




There is no particular year of the official establishment of this facility as it originally was just a private garden of Jose do Canto (1820 - 1898), a prominent Azorean landowner, bibliographer, nature lover and avid botanist.


Over the decades in the second half of the 19th century, Canto was working on extending his garden by establishing contacts with plant nurseries and botanical gardens from many foreign countries. He bought and exchanged plants and trees with the facilities to turn his own garden in what is now a renowned botanical garden registered with the UNESCO branch of botanical gardens. There is a large statue of Jose do Canto overlooking his masterpiece in the lower part of the garden, close to the entrance gate.


The garden is divided into several sections where you can find different groups of plants and trees. The paths leading through the garden are well maintained and marked. For easier navigation through the garden, you can get a free map at the entrance.






In the central part of the garden, there is a little lake with interesting aquatic plants and a lot of frogs whose unmistakable croaking sounds can be heard all over the area.


The garden is home to some of the largest and most majestic trees I have ever seen, including the Moreton Bay Fig, Eucalyptus, Swamp Cypress and many other species. I know the origin of the garden dates back to just some 150 years ago but some of the trees give the impression of having been here for many centuries.






The guy at the entrance gate told us that the tour around the garden usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes but with so many amazing plants and trees around, I think nature lovers and botany fans can easily spend long hours just hanging around this charming place.






Apart from studying the informative tags attached to the plants and trees, you can also learn something about the history and culture of the Azores Islands from these beautiful paintings.



From what I found out, this impressive type of tin glazed ceramic tile work is known as azulejo in the Portuguese (and Spanish) language.


There are many of these picturesque azulejos in the southwestern corner of the garden. I am sorry about the poor readability of the writings and the pictures but the strong contrast of the powerful Azorean sun with the shades of the majestic trees was just a bit too much for my cellphone camera to handle.


Jose do Canto Botanical Garden is open every day from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. in winter and from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. in summer. The admission fee is 4 EUR and they accept payment cards.

I heard that Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the Sao Miguel Island, gets pretty crowded with tourists in summer months so I suppose this botanical garden can serve as a great getaway from the crowds as it is located off the marina and the promenade where most tourists usually gather.

I hope you enjoyed this episode of my Beauties of Azores series that was dedicated to the beautiful Jose do Canto Botanical Garden (or Jardim Botanico Jose do Canto in the Portuguese language) that can be found in Ponta Delgada. All of the photos featured in this post were taken by me.

If you want to learn more about this exquisite Portuguese archipelago and its charms, stay tuned for the next episodes of my Beauties of Azores series ;)

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How cool is that? Very cool! :))) Thank you!! The competition is getting tougher with every week and it really means a lot to be the pick of the day. I feel very honored.


Nádherná botanická zahrada. I ty malované azulejos taky dotváří tamější kulturu.

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Díky moc :) Jo jo, malované kachličky prostě k Portugalsku patří, mají je úplně všude :D

JJ. I v portugalsky mluvicích zemích, dnes samostatných, jsou ty kachlíčky taky hodně oblíbené, třeba v Brazílii. :-)

Nebyl jsem tam, ale věřím tomu :) Ty kultury jsou si dost podobné, vzdálenosti navzdory... Podobně jako ta španělská a latinskoamerická. Pozůstatky kolonialismu jsou holt stále aktuální.

Wow! Awesome trees :-O

Awesome indeed. Thanks bud :)

Díky. Perfektní obrazový zážitek. U některých stromů bych nejspíš vydržel stát hodiny :-)

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Věřím tomu :) Některé kousky byly skutečně impozantní a doslova vyzařovaly takovou zvláštní energii. Ty bys ji určitě cítil a možná i viděl ;)

Možná bych s nimi dal řeč :-)

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Thanks for the TipU curation my friend. I am sure you would love this place :)

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No worries mate, you can check it out later :)

True, it would be easily more than an hour, the bamboo trees and the Old huge tree are interesting.

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Hah, the bamboo section is really cool :) But I liked the giant exotic trees the most. Some of them look like they come from the dinosaur era. Thanks for stopping by man.

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I love the peace of the botanical gardens

Yeah, botanical gardens are amazing places... Especially when they provide getaway from busy city centers :) Thanks for stopping by Sofia.

I want to live there!! hehe

That would be my plan if I won the lottery, get a parcel of land somewhere and turn it into my own sanctuary forested garden. I can't believe how many varieties of trees on that land. The ceramic history tiles are a nice touch too, I could have a lot of fun with that alone. This is the kind of place to just spend the day and chill, never mind 45 minutes! Thanks for sharing such a great experience and photos. xox

Thanks for your nice feedback :) From what I noticed in your posts, I think you would love the Azores. Similarly to your Rockies, they offer spectacular pristine nature and they are far from the crowds as they are a remote volcanic archipelago hidden in the North Atlantic. I hope you will make it here one day, it´s a very special place that all outdoor enthusiasts would enjoy.

Apparently you have me profiled right!! haha

Looking at the post did make me want to go, who knows, maybe one day I'll be able to travel the world a bit more, I have yet to even get a passport! It's definitely a pristine gem and I would love to spend a few weeks there exploring and learning and just moved ahead of the list.

Well, I am sure your country offers more than one can see in a lifetime ;) The closest I have been to Canada so far was probably Bar Harbor, Maine. I have some Czech friends in Calgary, they keep inviting me... Hopefully, Steem will allow me to make this trip one day :)

You should take them up on their offer, it's about an hour away from the popular Banff National Park and Kananaskis ( just as beautiful but quiet) Near by also has a wolf shelter that offer tours in the pens, and you get to feed them, the badlands and the largest fossil collection in the world of Royal Tyrell Museum. You still traveled quite a bit, I have never been out of Canada. I'm originally from New-Brunswick, where I was born borders Maine.

Hah, I am pretty sure they have mentioned some of these places too :) Oh yeah, I have been actually traveling quite a lot, been living the so called digitally nomadic lifestyle for a couple of years already. However, we usually tend to pick affordable places as our bases and unfortunately, Canada is not such a place :D :(

It's a different lifestyle travelling all over as a digital nomad, too much for me at the moment since I want to give it as much as I can and retire early. You know it's possible to go to technical school in welding or other redseal trade of that sort, high demand skill in many places in the world. Some skills are so high demand and possible to find companies that will help go to school and stuff. I could travel to work if I wanted to and have had offers all the way to Australia but I don't want to yet. You would get paid to visit the pricier countries like Canada, I will agree everything is expensive here. I'm fortunate enough to have a good job, Alberta and BC are also the most expensive in the country to visit & goods compared to more rural provinces.

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