Steep yourself in culture and history on this tour of Óbidos and Portugal’s Buddha Eden, from Lisbon. Explore Óbidos, a charming medieval walled city, then visit Buddha Eden, the largest Asian-style garden in Europe. Stroll the garden’s 35 hectares of land as your guide tells you about its history and cultural significance, before returning to Lisbon.
Your journey begins with a hassle-free morning pickup at your Lisbon hotel. Enjoy the scenic ride to Obidos, where you will explore the medieval village with the help of your guide and taste the famous ginginha in a cup of chocolate.
A short drive away is Bombarral, where Portugal’s renowned Buddha Eden lies. With circa 35 hectares, the garden was created as a response to the destruction of the Buddhas of Banyan, an act of cultural barbarity which erased masterpieces of late-period Gandhara art. Walk through the lush gardens, filled with terracotta statues, sculptures, and emblems, and take a break at a pagodas. It’s estimated that six thousand tons of marble and granite were used to create this monumental work of art.
After an informative tour with your guide, relax on the drive back to Lisbon, where your tour ends.