As a writer and a wild person (as a Nature lover I mean), I often look for and need places to immerse myself in an environment that transports me into a different setting: a quirky hidden cafe, a big park or a viewpoint still uncolonised by tourism. But above all these, where I most love going, to abstract a bit, almost as if travelling to another continent or dimension, is Estufa Fria. The “Cold Greenhouse”.
Whether or not you’ve been inside a jungle, this place is like a tiny one –and I’ve been in the Amazon! In fact, the place is great to wander around in and observe all the juicy, colourful plants growing around the ponds and streams. Don’t worry, there are no (big) spiders!
But wander a little further. In this little exotic corner here and there you can find nice benches. A few are well hidden, and most are seldom found, even in more crowded days. So hop on, grab your book, your pen and paper or your computer and let yourself be inspired by the surroundings.
PS: If instead you are someone who mulls over life through walking rather than sitting, then don’t worry: next to the cold greenhouse (which is not cold even in winter –a plus), you can find the “Hot Greenhouse” and even the “Sweet Greenhouse”, which are full of beautiful and funny looking cacti. (And one last tip, on Sunday mornings until 14:00, the entrance is for free!)