The summer is going to end in about a month, but the weather gets better and better for a lovely picnic outdoors! While you can go for a picnic in your neighborhood, sometimes it is lovely to make a dramatic change, and visit an exquisite and special place elsewhere. Out of lots of lovely places available around the world for a lovely outdoor meal, here are 7 of them. These are some of the best places in the world where you can enjoy outdoor parties and picnics.
7 | Villa and Borghese Gardens in Rome
The gardens of the Villa Borghese, located near Piazza del Popolo in Rome, feature a landscape perfect for a getaway in the heart of the city, complemented by a simple meal, but tasty – olives, pizza, marinated artichokes, salami, and a bottle of red wine. The Spanish Steps lead to the garden in English style, but the atmosphere in there is pure Italian, because of the Bernini sculptures and paintings by Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio.
6 | Singapore Botanical Gardens
A tropical forest in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world attracts many amateurs for picnics, whether locals or tourists. The Singapore Botanical Gardens maintain a collection of over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, so it is indeed perfect for a picnic meal, especially if it is conducted in the company of an outdoor concert.
5 | Black Point Reyes, California
Natural wilderness is protected on this northern peninsula of San Francisco. Vegetation richness is complemented by the beauty of the coast, which attracts outdoor activities lovers. There are special routes for those who want to do sports, while picnic fans are directed to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, where elephant seals can be seen from January to March.
4 | Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, South Africa
Kirstenbosch is the name of the famous botanical gardens at the foot of the Table Mountain, near Cape Town in South Africa. The foundation of these gardens was made in 1913, with the scope to protect the unique flora of South Africa, so there are only native plants in there, with very few exceptions. Kirstenbosch is designed for numerous activities: hiking trails, places for dining, and concert areas. The picnic basket must necessarily include a bottle of Stellenbosch wine, a sandwich with biltong (a traditional dried and seasoned meat), and possibly a portion of crocodile meat or ostrich burger.
3 | Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
Located on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, Haleakala National Park covers a surface of over 134 square kilometers. The name Haleakala means “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, and attracts 1.5 million visitors annually. Many tourists enjoy outdoor dining, and hiking to the inactive volcano.
2 | Aran Islands, Ireland
This group of three islands in Galway Bay is an important route for picnic lovers. Outdoor walkers bring their smoked salmon and dark bread snacks, often consumed with a little whiskey. The area has some of the most important Irish remains, so tourists are motivated to walk after a meal.
1 | Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
The Sculpture Garden is an extension of the National Gallery of Art in WashingtonD.C., an area where throughout the summer, picnics lovers delight with jazz music. A huge circular fountain area keeps the place cool during the hot months, while turning into a skating ring during winter. For last-minute picnics, the famous Pavilion Café can be a good source of supply.