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Why do eucalyptus trees grow so well in Portugal? Where did the eucalyptus trees come from and how did they arrive to Europe? What is the tallest plant in the world? What is the difference between an indigenous and an exotic plant? What is the difference between the oak gall and the acorn? How do eucalyptus trees help protect natural forests?

These are some of the questions that we will answer in the various botanical trails of Quinta de S. Francisco. Currently, Quinta de S. Francisco has five botanical trails defined by different degrees of difficulty, as well as a set of support structures (walkways, directional, identification and interpretative signage) that help visitors. It also has a leisure area with tables where you can have a picnic.

Along the different trails, the visitor will be transported to the flora of different parts of the world, with special emphasis on the Australian flora.

Among the various species of herbs, shrubs and trees, the eucalyptus trees stand out with their remarkable size, being authentic living colossi that impress those who visit us.
  • 1
    Trail 1: Gardens
  • 2
    Trail 2: Deciduous Forest
  • 3
    Trail 3: Between Giants
  • 4
    Trail 4: At the heart of Quinta de S. Francisco
  • 5
    Trail 5: On the limits of Quinta de S. Francisco

1 - RAIZ - Forest and paper Research Institute

2 - Metrosideros excelsa

3 - Former house of Jaime de Magalhães Lima

4 - Staircase among centennial specimens of E. smithii

5 - Eucalyptus globulus

6 - Cupressus lusitanica

7 - 1984 Arboretum

8 - Bamboo (Phyllostachys viridiglaucescens)

9 - Eucalyputs Obliqua

10 - Technological showcase of Eucalyptus globulus

11 - 1984 Arboretum

12 - Wooden walkway near the ditch

13 - Fountain and lake

14 - Picnic area

15 - Sequoia sempervirens

  • 1
    Trail 1: Gardens
  • 2
    Trail 2: Deciduous Forest
  • 3
    Trail 3: Between Giants
  • 4
    Trail 4: At the heart of Quinta de S. Francisco
  • 5
    Trail 5: On the limits of Quinta de S. Francisco
  • 01

    Gardens

    Short trail, which allows walking through the gardens of Quinta de S. Francisco, as well as the entire area surrounding the buildings, among them the former home of Jaime Magalhães Lima.
    Distance: 370 m | Time: 5-10 minutes
  • 02

    Deciduous Forest

    Small but varied course that runs through the deciduous forest, the riparian forest, near the ditch and the bamboo areas.
    Distance: 660 m | Time: 15-20 minutes
  • 03

    Between Giants

    Trail that shows the noteworthy specimens of greater size existing in Quinta de S. Francisco.
    Distance: 910 m | Time: 20-30 minutes
  • 04

    At the heart of Quinta de S. Francisco

    Trail of average dimensions that crosses through the deciduous and riparian forests and the gymnosperms arboretum.
    Distance: 1,11 km | Time: 30-40 minutes
  • 05

    On the limits of Quinta de S. Francisco

    A large trail that crosses through the limits of Quinta de S. Francisco, in it one can see the gardens, as well as the eucalyptus arboretum that grows on the slopes and in the valley.
    Distance: 1,6 km | Time: 45-60 minutes

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Schedule

Quinta de S. Francisco is not open from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays): 9h00 - 18h00

Guided tours
9h00 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 18h00

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Contacts:

Curator: João Ezequiel

Phone: 234 920 130

Address: RAIZ - Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e Papel, Quinta de S. Francisco, Rua José Estevão (EN 230-1), 3800-783 Eixo, Aveiro, Portugal

Email: visitas.raiz@thenavigatorcompany.com

Quinta de S. Francisco rules and regulations

These regulations help us protect Quinta de S. Francisco resources while also providing you a safe and enjoyable experience.

1. All visitors must register at the Quinta de S. Francisco reception or online, on the RAIZ webpage.

2. Driving vehicles or bringing pets is not allowed inside Quinta de S. Francisco.

3. In order to have guided tours, group visits must always be scheduled in advance.

4. Taking photographs or shooting films for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden. Also, it is not allowed holding meetings or having picnics inside Quinta de S. Francisco.

5. Visits should be made with the least possible noise in order to minimize disturbance to the existing fauna.

6. For safety reasons and to protect the existing natural heritage, visitors are not allowed to leave the existing trails, climb trees, enter lakes, ditches or tanks, step on the plants, make inscriptions on trees or collect samples of any type (branches, flowers, leaves and fruits).

7. It is forbidden to damage built structures or existing signs.

8. It is forbidden smoking or making a fire in Quinta de S. Francisco.

9. Littering is not allowed. Use trash bins.

10. All visits to Quinta de S. Francisco will be suspended during maintenance operations.

11. All visits to Quinta de S. Francisco will be suspended whenever the weather conditions (rain and/or winds ≥30 Km/h) do not allow their safety.

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