The Most Amazing Gardens in Spain

by Dilek on Friday, January 18, 2013

Spanish Gardens

Gardens are places that are full of sentiment, spaces that offer visitors the chance to collect their thoughts and to dream. Many of the amazing gardens in Spain also offer scenic aesthetic expression, where beauty is not only created by planting plants and trees, but also by harmonizing and maintaining a balance of all the elements found in nature such as water and air. Let’s take a tour of some of Spain’s most historical and most impressive gardens. 

The Gardens of Generalife, The Alhambra, Granada:

The magical gardens of the Alhambra, full of legends and mysteries, may take the visitor’s mind to the sublime atmosphere described in the tales of The One Thousand and One Nights. Built on a rocky hill and far-off peak of the Alhambra, the combination of light and green here creates a wealth of decoration that includes the landscape that lies beyond the palace walls, visible from strategic viewpoints. Paco de Lucia has a song called “Generalife bajo la luna” that celebrates the garden’s beauty.     

El Buen Retiro, Madrid

Buen Retiro Park was designed in 1640 and opened to the public during the time of Charles III. Today, El Retiro has become a symbol of Spain's capital city. The land is occupied by 15,000 different types of plants and trees including the French Parterre, Versailles-style, and the Rose Garden; it is also home to numerous varieties of flowers. The monument to King Alfonso XII situated alongside the pond is one of Retiro Park’s must-see attractions.

Real Alcazar, Seville

The delightful Real Alcazar of Seville is one of Spain’s great palace complexes, and perhaps the oldest. It is the original representation of Spanish style and Islamic expression adapted to the Christian world. This once was the official residence of the Kings of Spain during their visits to Seville and the palace is still acknowledged as a royal residence. The palace features extraordinary gardens. The Garden of Mercury, which has a beautiful bronze fountain with a statue of Mercury, the Garden of the Ladies and the Garden of the Prince are the most admired.

Laberinto Horta, Barcelona

This is the oldest garden in Barcelona and a magnificent example of 18th century neoclassical style. The garden is most known for its exciting maze of hedges, yet it also features other aspects such as intriguing statues, arbors, numerous fountains, and incredible greenness that make these gardens an unforgettable place to visit. An important scene from the movie “The Perfume” takes place here as well.

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1 » Eric Szvoboda (on Wednesday, February 06, 2013) said:

I lived in Barcelona Spain for a while when I was younger and I think the most beautiful garden is that of Antonio Gaudi! It is so amazing and the mosaic bench is incredible! It is huge as well!

2 » Direct Flights to Colombo (on Wednesday, February 06, 2013) said:

These gardens were newly constructed but there are many gardens that were built during the mythical time which have been abandoned.

3 » dQ Dilek (on Friday, February 08, 2013) said:

Thanks Eric for your interest in our blog. It is so true that everyone has a favorite garden in Spain and like you said Gaudi’s garden is truly amazing. It was a pity that we could only include a limited number of gardens. In the meanwhile you can check the donquijote website where we put more information about gardens

Thank you very much for your additional information about mythical gardens. I would like to know more about it. If you give some of the names of these gardens, we can write an interesting article about it.

4 » Jesus (on Friday, October 18, 2013) said:

Fortunalely I have been in all the gardens you mention in this article: I coudn't tell which one is the best. What would cities do without these natural environments!
Apart from these major gardens I would like to recommend the Prince of Anglona garden, in Madrid. This space is a hidden, small and beautiful place in the Barrio de los Austrias. It's open all year and it's the typical place for people who like to "wander" through the old streets of Madrid. Many people walk by the entrance and don't notice it. There are few gardens like this in the city.