A day in Budha Eden the garden of peace

buddha eden

We had seen so many pictures about this place that we had to pay a visit. So we took a trip to Buddha Eden, a serene garden that’s part of the Quinta dos Loridos winery. This place is a 35-hectare oasis filled with Buddhas, pagodas, terracotta soldiers, and modern art installations. Here’s our experience during our one day visit and some handy tips if you’re planning a visit.

A Little History

Buddha Eden was created as a reaction to the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan. The garden aims to preserve and honor these cultural treasures, using over six thousand tons of marble and granite to create its impressive statues.

Most Common Questions About Buddha Eden

1. Where is Buddha Eden located? Buddha Eden is part of Quinta dos Loridos, located in the municipality of Bombarral, Portugal.

2. What are the opening hours? The garden is open daily from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, except on January 1st and December 25th.

3. How much time should I spend there? You can easily spend a full day exploring the expansive grounds, especially if you want to take your time enjoying the sculptures and the natural beauty.

4. Is it family-friendly? Absolutely! There’s plenty of space for kids to run around, and the garden’s serene atmosphere is perfect for all ages.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Buddha Eden is during spring and autumn. The weather is mild, making it perfect for leisurely walks through the garden. Summer can be quite hot, but there are plenty of shaded areas to cool off.

Must-See Areas

  • The Entrance and Lake: Start your journey with a train ride that takes you to the far end of the garden, giving you a preview of the grandeur.
  • Terracotta Soldiers and Amphitheater: These impressive replicas of the famous Chinese warriors are a highlight.
  • Staircase of Buddhas: A beautiful, serene spot perfect for reflection.
  • African Sculptures: This area showcases a different cultural perspective with its unique art pieces.

Where to Stay

If you’re planning to stay overnight, there are several charming towns nearby, such as Óbidos, Alcobaça, Peniche, Caldas da Rainha, and Nazaré. Each of these places offers a range of accommodation options and additional attractions to explore.

Wines of Quinta dos Loridos

The winery is known for its sparkling wines, particularly under the Bacalhôa brand. Some of the best wines you should try include:

  • Quinta da Bacalhôa Red – This elegant Bordeaux-style blend from the Península de Setúbal has earned critical acclaim, including a 94-point rating from Wine Enthusiast. Its rich and sophisticated flavor profile features notes of red fruits, coffee, and vanilla, making it a complex and refined choice.
  • Berardo Reserva Familiar Tinto – A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah, this wine is matured for 14 months in French oak barrels. It boasts rich red fruit flavors with subtle hints of toffee, balanced by a well-structured body that offers impressive length and complexity.
  • Catarina White – Combining Portuguese varietals like Arinto, Fernão Pires, and Maria Gomes with a touch of Chardonnay, this wine is aged for five months in French oak barrels. It delivers tropical fruit flavors with a hint of oak, providing a refreshing and multifaceted white wine experience.
  • Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setúbal Superior – This exceptional sweet wine, made from 100% Moscatel de Setúbal grapes and aged for 10 years in small wooden casks, features rich aromas and flavors of dried fruits and orange blossom, perfectly balanced by a vibrant acidity.
  • Quinta da Bacalhôa White – A harmonious blend of Sémillon, Alvarinho, and Sauvignon Blanc, with a portion of the Sémillon aged in new French oak. This wine offers crisp and refreshing flavors of gooseberry and apricot, enhanced by a subtle complexity from the oak aging.
  • Bacalhôa Espumante Rosé – This delightful sparkling rosé captivates with its notes of red berries and a crisp, refreshing finish, perfect for celebratory occasions.
  • Bacalhôa Espumante Bruto – A classic brut sparkling wine, ideal for special celebrations, offering a balanced and elegant sparkling experience.

There are different areas and the place we started of was very relaxing with lots of shade, small little statues and details and a very meditative relaxing atmosphere to it. Going around this part we are again facing the large lake and the impressive main entrance, we took the main road through some of the terracotta statues and set out for the amphitheatre and the Xian terracotta warriors, here the sun was already starting to make the visit hard so we stopped in the coffee for something to eat and drink before resuming the tour. The last two places where the African sculptures and the staircase of Buddhas before taking the train yet again to the main entrance, all in all taking most us almost till closing hours to get back.

As you could probably tell this place is large, very large and even with the help of the train, you’ll be walking a lot here unless of course you just forget about everything and just relax in one of the many areas, something that I would love to do if I were to visit this place again. Take a blanket and lay down on the grass near the lake.

For families

Our 4 year old loved it as he had space to run around and lots to see, but I do imagine that teenagers will find this to be boring and not really their type of outing.

Our Experience

We stayed in Lisbon and decided to escape the urban buzz for a day. Buddha Eden was the perfect choice. The highlight for our son was definitely the train ride, while we enjoyed the tranquility and the stunning sculptures. We took breaks at the on-site cafes, ensuring we stayed hydrated and refreshed.

All in all, Buddha Eden is a hidden gem in Portugal, offering a peaceful retreat with a touch of cultural richness. Whether you’re a family, a couple, or a solo traveler, this garden is a must-visit.

Where is it?

Where to stay?

This place is really close to some of our favourite spots like Óbidos, Alcobaça, Peniche, Caldas da Rainha or Nazaré, so you have plenty of choices in creating your own little short program while staying in this region.

Booking.com

Visits

Every day except 1st January and 25th of December
Opening Hours 09.30am to 6.30pm daily (Entrance gate closes at 6pm)

map of buddha Eden

Until next time, happy exploring! ✈️🌍🍷

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