When one thinks of the Costa Brava, what comes to mind are the beaches, the coastal paths by the sea, the best restaurants in the area, or the dreamy little towns. But one of the most attractive elements in the North- East of Catalonia is often forgotten – the gardens perched over the Mediterranean. Let us Porcel Advocats introduce you to three gardens on the Costa Brava you must visit. One of which is very near our office.
Gardens of Cap Roig, Palafrugell
The gardens of Cap Roig, located between Palafrugell and Mont-Ras, where our practice is, are a unique place in the Mediterranean. These gardens, which are currently heritage of “Obra Social La Caixa”, were created in 1927, when colonel Nicolai Woevodsky and his wife Dorothy Webster, an English aristocrat very much interested in décor, were looking for an idyllic place to establish themselves. They modified the land to accommodate several species of plants and built a castle.
Once a year, the gardens host the Cap Roig Festival, an open-air event with nearly 2,500 attendees. This year it lasts from July 22 to August 15, with performers such as Sebastián Yatra, Camilo, Cristina Aguilera and Pablo Alborán, amongst others.
Gardens of Santa Clotilde, Lloret de Mar
Located on a cliff overlooking the sea, between the cove Cala Boadella and the Fenals beach, are the gardens of Santa Clotilde, covering an area of over 26,000 m2 with one of the most spectacular views on the Costa Brava.
The history behind it very much resembles that of Cap Roig. These gardens belonged to the Marquis of Roviralta, who purchased them in 1919 and refurbished them. It wasn’t until 1997 that the Town Council purchased the gardens and declared them municipal heritage.
The gardens can currently be visited in exchange for a symbolic fee, but they also host several festivals, such as “Som de Mar”, which will be held from August 19 to August 27 this year, with the performances of the popular Sergio Dalma or Rosario Flores.
Botanical Garden Marimurtra, Blanes
Located over the cliffs of the mountain between Sant Joan and Blanes, this garden has been declared Place of Cultural interest by the Government of Catalonia. This garden is home to over 4,000 exotic species, as well as a great variety of birds and insects. It was created by Carl Faust, a German businessman established in Catalonia. He was a nature enthusiast who put all his money and effort into creating what he had always dreamt of – a botanical garden.
Unlike the other two, the Botanical Garden of Marimurtra has a key element: The little temple of Linné. This is one of the most iconic corners in the Costa Brava.