Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Picnic in Buskett Gardens

Last weekend we packed a lunch and went to Buskett Gardens for a picnic with the pups. March is the perfect time of year to explore Malta's greens spaces because the weather is just warming up and the greenery is still, well, green. (Unlike August.)

Buskett Gardens is like a secret oasis in Malta. No cars, no buildings. Lying on a picnic blanket surrounded by grass, trees, chirping birds, and buzzing bees, it's easy to forget you're even in Malta. Except for the citrus groves and palm trees, of course.

Buskett (pronounced boo-sket by locals) is the largest woodland area in the country of Malta, planted by the Knights of St. John as a hunting ground in the sixteenth century. Today it's a public park which doubles as the President's backyard, whose summer residence, Verdala Palace, sits atop the gardens.

If you're interested in visiting (by car) follow the signs to Buskett and then towards the Cartruts (sounds weird, but trust me). Bus 202 also services this area. Parking and public toilets are available and free.

Do you have a favourite green space where you live?

- Jess








2 comments :

  1. This is absolutely wonderful! I was in Malta last year at this time working with refugees in Hal Far with the Red Cross. Glad to find a such a wonderful blog! I will be a frequent visitor!

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  2. I am ashamed to say I am yet to visit this garden! Which is ridiculous as I always complain that there isn't enough greenery in malta. It looks absolutely gorgeous from the pics :) xxx

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