Gardens of Santa Clotilde, Lloret de Mar

Walks that make you fall in love with the historic gardens of Spain


Get ready to take a tour of some of Spain's most beautiful gardens, which are also part of the European Route of Historic Gardens. Enjoying a walk in the open air in these well-tended spaces is a true delight. All of them hide impressive sculptures and fascinating stories. Abandon yourself to silence, seek peace and let your senses fly while you enjoy the beauty of their landscapes.

  • Gardens of Santa Clotilde, Lloret de Mar

    Gardens of Santa Clotilde

    If you are on holiday in the Costa Brava and you find yourself in Lloret de Mar, come and visit these gardens. You'll feel like you're on a fairytale balcony overlooking the Mediterranean.At the beginning of the 20th century, the Marquis of Roviralta built his country home and the splendid gardens that surround it here on a cliff overlooking the sea. They are currently open to the public, and you can stroll among their ponds, sculptures of mythological characters such as Venus, stairs adorned with ivy that disappear in a waterfall of vegetation...Don't miss the main staircase – the Staircase of the Sirens – which descends from an esplanade to the sea, or the large amphitheatre-like square. On your way you will be surrounded by pine, lime, oak and cypress trees; and if you go as far as the Boadella viewpoint, you will be able to see sea birds, the mouth of the river Tordera and the coves of S'Agulla, Santa Cristina and Boadella.Throughout the year, these gardens tend to hold concerts or workshops for the whole family.

  • Parc Samà Historical Garden, Tarragona

    Parc Samà Historical Garden

    In Cambrils (Tarragona) you will find one of the best examples of 19th-century Romantic gardens. The experience of walking here is like visiting an open-air botanical museum with exotic plants and different animals.This park was created by the Marquis of Marianao in 1881 in an effort to transport the visitor to the splendour of colonial Cuba. Today, it has several very remarkable areas such as the greenhouse, which houses more than 75 species of palms, the plant labyrinth, the lookout tower and the hundred-year-old trees that surround the palatial home.You also can't miss the beautiful marsh cypress on the island by the bridge overlooking the canal, the waterfall and the lake. And if you want to discover the animals that live there, take a tour of the farm, the fallow deer forest, the macaw area and the old pheasant farm.If you are travelling with your family, you will be pleased to know that they have a play area and picnic basket service.

  • Raixa Estate, Sierra de Tramuntana, Majorca

    Raixa Estate

    Now travel with your imagination to the Tramuntana mountain range of Majorca, specifically to Bunyola, where there is an 18th-century Italian-style villa with a lot of history. Why are the gardens that surround it so evocative? Perhaps because of its monumental staircase, its great pond or the panoramic views.In the lower part of the gardens you will find the beautiful entrance gate, the orchard and different gardens such as the orange garden, the Gallery garden and the “d'Entrada” garden.You will see that the upper gardens are arranged around a monumental staircase dedicated to the deity Apollo. Here you can also enjoy a huge pond 83 metres long, an artificial cave, a small hermitage and a neoclassical viewpoint located at the highest point.You can also check out a visitor centre dedicated to the Sierra de Tramuntana to learn much more about its natural assets. This farm has served as a set for different films, and it hosts different activities such as flora and fauna observation, cooking workshops and telescope observation. Do you want to experience it for yourself?

  • Chinoiserie Pond in the Prince

    Cultural landscape of Aranjuez

    Let's shift to the region of Madrid, specifically to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez and its gardens, awarded the World Heritage designation by UNESCO. This entire cultural landscape was initially designed by the monarch Felipe II in the 16th century until it became, over the centuries, the spring country residence of the various Spanish kings.Today, walking through the more than 111 hectares of its gardens is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have in the Madrid area. There you will find the Garden of the Island, from the 16th century, which is the closest to the palace. In reality, it is a set of different gardens with fountains adorned with sculptures of characters such as Hercules and Hydra, Apollo, the Boy with Thorn, Venus or Bacchus. It is worth stopping next to the well-known Castañuelas waterfall to let yourself be swept away by the sound of the water. Did you know that this garden was invented to recreate the idea of​Paradise on Earth?A little further from the Palace is the Prince's Garden, from the 18th century. It is the largest fenced park in Europe and has more than 190 species of trees. When you enter, you discover much more than greenery. You will find the Chinoiserie Pond filled with birds and fish and with the classical and Chinoiserie pavilions; the Casa del Labrador, a beautifully furnished day residence for royalty after a day's hunting; the Royal Falouas Museum with a collection of boats that were used to simulate naval combat on the Tagus River; and the Royal Falouas Museum with a collection of boats that were used to simulate naval combat on the Tagus River.There is a tourist train that runs through part of these gardens, as well as a boat that allows you to go out on the river. This is especially perfect if you are travelling as a family.

  • Detail of the Generalife Patio at the Alhambra, Granada

    Heritage Gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife

    If you have never visited the Alhambra of Granada, don't think twice, because you would be missing out on one of the most beautiful monumental sites in the world. The Alhambra was a palace, citadel, fortress and residence of the Nasrid sultans starting the 13th century; and since then, its gardens have been an inseparable part of the palaces of the Alhambra and the Generalife.Walking among them is an indescribable experience that awakens the senses and the emotions: The sound of the fountains mingles with the scent of roses, violets, lilies, wallflowers, water lilies, myrtle, basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender and jasmine. Everything has symbolism and conceals different legends.The ensemble of medieval gardens is perhaps the most special of all, as you discover places such as the beautiful Arrayanes and Los Leones courtyards; although there are also Renaissance gardens, such as the 17th-century courtyard of La Reja, the Adarves in the Alcazaba and 19th-century gardens such as the Altos del Generalife.If you can, get a combined ticket that allows you to see the gardens during the day as well as the monuments lit up by moonlight.

  • Alameda Park in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia

    Gardens of Galicia

    We will end our tour in Galicia, which has at least nine historic gardens that are pure art and that are guaranteed make you fall in love with this region of Spain. You can discover them by taking a route in search of the beautiful and enigmatic camellias brought from the East, the albariño vineyards and exotic trees, and discovering the beautiful “pazos”, typical Galician manor houses, centuries old, where nobles and even kings once lived. These are the seven pazos whose gardens will take your breath away: Mariñán, Santa Cruz de Rivadulla, Oca, Rubianes, Quinteiro da Cruz, Lourizán and Quiñones de León.You can also take advantage of the trip to visit the Alameda Park, with views of the old town of Santiago de Compostela and its Cathedral that are so beautiful they seem surreal. This route would be incomplete without a visit to the gardens of Soutomaior Castle, an imposing palatial fortress that looks like something out of a film.

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