It covers about 35 hectares and was designed and conceived by Comendador José Berardo in response to the destruction of the Giant Bamyan Buddha’s, sculpted in the rocks of the valley of Bamyan in central Afghanistan. Comendador Berardo was said to be shocked by the attitude of the Taliban Government, which intentionally destroyed these unique monuments of World Heritage and in 2001, in response to this, he started to create this extensive oriental garden in honour of those lost Buddha’s.
It is a lovely walk & for those that cannot walk far, there is a little train that takes people around. The entrance was free but it now costs 2.5€ and the money goes to help maintain it. There is a shop selling wine from the well known but local vineyard of Quinta dos Loridos, in who’s grounds it sits. There is also a bar/cafe with seating both inside and out. I believe that by arrangement you can also participate in a wine tasting. I recommend taking a camera with you, the sculptures are braethtaking.