The Most Beautiful Parks and Gardens in Viña del Mar, Chile

Viña del Mar
Viña del Mar | © Jonas de Carvalho / Flickr
Harry Stewart

Known among Chileans as the “Garden City,” Viña del Mar really lives up to its name. This upmarket seaside resort has been the plaything of well-heeled aristocrats for centuries, some of whom commissioned the construction of beautiful gardens to relax in. Here are the best in the city.

1. Parque Quinta Vergara

Museum, Park

This grandiose park is Viña’s premier green space, lusciously green and immaculately manicured. A wealthy Portuguese businessman first developed the estate, which rests on a hill between Valparaiso and Viña, as his private residence in the 1840s. Over time, his gardening-enthusiast wife transformed the lot into the most beautiful park in the city, aided by her sailor son who brought exotic plant species in from faraway lands. These days, it’s home to a grand palace which houses the Museum of Fine Arts as well as an outdoor amphitheater where the famous Viña del Mar International Song Festival takes place.

Quinta Vergara Park, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso Region, Chile, +56 32 218 5720

Quinta Vergara | © Christian Córdova / Flickr

2. Jardin Botanico Nacional

Botanical Garden, Park

Commissioned in the 1930s by a wealthy Chilean saltpeter manufacturer, these tranquil botanical gardens are the city’s largest and most impressive green space. A series of walkways and circuits intertwine through forests, which makes for an excellent afternoon stroll, particularly in autumn when the park transforms into distinct hues of yellow and red. Of the 3,000-plus plant species on display, the most treasured are a collection of Chilean cacti that sit alongside a fully equipped picnic area.

Nacional Botanical Garden, Calle Camino el Olivar 305, Viña del Mar, Región de Valparaíso, Chile, +56 32 267 2566

Jardin Botanico Nacional | © Molly / Flickr

3. The Flower Clock

Almost impossible to miss, this colorful flower clock, the product of fine Swiss engineering, sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific just a few yards from Viña’s most popular beach. The clock’s nine-foot (three-meter) rotating hands were installed in 1962 to commemorate the beginning of the World Cup held in Chile. It may seem a little cheesy, but visitors flock here in droves for that postcard-perfect photo. Check it out later in the afternoon when light conditions are most favorable.
Reloj de Flores, Alamos 590, Viña del Mar, Región de Valparaíso, Chile, +56 32 218 4402

Reloj flores Viña | © Felipe Skroski / WikiCommons

5. Palacio de Cerro Castillo

This 1920s palace, built on a central hill overlooking the sea, occupies the city’s most enviable real estate. It is the official country retreat of the president of Chile and is a grandiose construction with immaculately manicured grounds, which the public can visit—at least when El Presidente is not there on vacation.

Palace of Cerro Castillo, Castillo 398, Viña del Mar, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Cerro Castillo | © Gobierno de Chile / WikiCommons

6. Dunas de Concón

6. Dunas de Concón
© Gabriel Molina/Flickr

This locale is not really a garden; in fact, these huge sand dunes are pretty much the polar opposite. Nevertheless, they are eerily beautiful and provide a spectacular spot to watch the sun go down over the sea. Those after a little adrenalin kick can try their hand at sandboarding too.

Dunas De Concón, Concón, Valparaiso Region, Chile

Dunas de Concón | © Gabriel Molina / Flickr

7. Plaza Vergara

Park

7. Plaza Vergara
© Carlos yo/Wikipedia

Viña’s charming plazas play a significant part in the Garden City moniker, and the finest of the lot has to be Plaza Vergara. This stunning space, located just a few blocks from the park of the same name, is full of tall shady palm trees, immaculately manicured shrubbery plus a water fountain and statues of local heroes. It’s an ideal place to kick back and relax in the city center.

Plaza Vergara, Arlegui 687, Viña del Mar, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Plaza Vergara, Viña del Mar, Chile | © Carlos yo / WikiCommons

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