The Gardens of Spain
This eleven day tour will explore botanical and private gardens in two contrasting regions of Spain. The formal gardens of Catalunya tend more to French and Italian conventions and tastes, reflecting the region’s “European” identity and aspirations, the orchards, and farms. The gardens of Andalucía owe their origins to the long Moorish dominion in the middle ages and indeed rank as one of their great legacies to medieval Christian Spain. The Moors’ culture of plants, used for both food and medicine, left a legacy which later was transmitted across Europe. It still to this day features prominently in the distinctive character and landscape of southern Spain.
We will uncover many aspects of this fascinating contrast in cultures. We have an excellent selection of public and private gardens in the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, as well as in the southern cities of Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada. Highlights include:
- The Mediterranean coastal setting of the gardens of Marimurtra and Santa Clotilde
- The meditative calm of the Generalife – the “Gardens of the Architect” of the Alhambra
- Real Alcázar in Sevilla