garden of camellias
This charming and cozy bedroom is in a private building from the main house. Nestled in a beautiful sunny garden with camellia trees and a private swimming pool - a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that offers the perfect escape from the bustle of the city centre. January, February and March is the tine when the camellia trees bloom.
The room underwent a major architectural intervention in 2010. The plastic and textural effects of the space were explored through the use of natural construction materials and the controlled influx of natural light, while retaining its original character and its integrity regarding the surrounding environment. The light openings create a smooth and intimate ambiance in the room and the rammed-earth walls and the tadelakt floor keep it cool on the hot days of summer.
Porto was the first European city known as "the City of Camellias". It is impossible to visit it without noticing camellia trees peeking behind walls or embellishing the city's private gardens and public parks.
The exhuberant proportions of the flower in Porto, a.k.a. the Japan rose., is due both to ideal conditions and moist soil of northern Portugal.
Camellias were cultivated in the gardens of China and Japan for centuries before they were seen in Europe. This flower was eventually brought to Portugal after the Portuguese discoveries.
By the 1840's. the camellia was at the height of its fashion as the luxury flower. The Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis, who died young in 1847, inspired Dumas' La Dame aux camélias and Verdi's La Traviata.
The Garden of Camellias is located just in the heart of Foz do Douro, an old residential neighborhood with narrow cobblestone lanes that exude a quiet and romantic atmosphere. Formerly a fishermen's village, Foz do Douro means literally mouth of Douro. One can enjoy the sea and the river within a two-minute walk.
For a cultural taste, Serralves Museum - just a few blocks away - is a must-see for Contemporary Art lovers .
There are also great restaurants in Foz that can provide an excellent starting point for a local gastronomic and wine experience as well as scores of outdoor cafés and bars overlooking the ocean.
The historical city centre can be quickly reached. It only takes around fifteen minutes of a scenic ride by vintage tramcar or bus along the waterfront.
For extreme sports lovers, there are nearby beaches that can provide a great surfing experience!
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