A Garden with a View

A Costa Brava garden

Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Costa Brava is such a diverse region. From Blanes in the south to the French border in the north, this Catalonian region encompasses mountains and cliffs, plains and rough terrain, cities that manage to be simultaneously cosmopolitan and quaint. Here are adorable villages, miles and miles of coastline with alluring little coves and bays and, perhaps most famously, stunning beaches that have attracted visitors since the 1950s.

New to me were the gardens. On a recent trip in Costa Brava, I had the opportunity to visit both the pretty Jardins Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar, as well as Marimurtra Botanical Gardens in Blanes.

A Costa Brava Garden

Jardi Botanic Marimurtra, Blanes, Costa Brava

Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, Blanes, Costa Brava, Catalonia

Marimurtra is one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens, planned and developed by enthusiastic German botanist Karl Faust. More than 4 000 species from five continents grow in this four-hectare Costa Brava garden.

Jardin Botanic Marimurtra, Blanes

Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

But the most striking feature is perhaps the spectacular views here at the southern tip of the Costa Brava.

Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Enjoying it all with a lovely glass of local Cava – perfect!
Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Do you enjoy visiting botanical gardens on your travels?

Disclosure: I was in Blanes as a guest of the Costa Brava tourist board, Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona. All opinions are as ever my own.

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56 Responses to “A Garden with a View”

  1. budget jan 31 January 2013 0305 #

    I do enjoy botanical gardens when we travel. They are beautiful, relaxing and free. This one also has beautiful views and an Australian Cockatoo. I love it.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1509 #

      …five continents represented 🙂

  2. Sere 31 January 2013 0423 #

    I LOVE botanical gardens, but for me it’s a new love. I actually went to my first botanical garden about 4 years ago only down in Fort Worth Texas of all places. But I so enjoyed it that now I try to see if I can find botanical gardens to visit on my travels. Beautiful pictures!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1510 #

      Quite new for me too. So peaceful and beautiful, botanic gardens.

  3. Jackie Smith 31 January 2013 0819 #

    I do love a stop at a botanical garden. These are beautiful photos and certainly give a taste of the variety to be found in the area – very nice!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1510 #

      Thanks, Jackie.

  4. Nico 31 January 2013 0826 #

    Really great photos of the gardens. It looks amazing.

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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1510 #

      Thanks 🙂

  5. Muza-chan 31 January 2013 0834 #

    Thank you for the interesting article, Sophie! As always, I enjoyed viewing the pictures…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1511 #

      Thank you for stopping by, Muza 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1511 #

      I wasn’t prepared for the views either. Really gorgeous place this.

  6. Michele @ Malaysian Meanders 31 January 2013 1611 #

    I find botanical gardens so relaxing. That top shot of the little boat in the cove is lovely. Those houses at the top of the cliff have quite a view!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1512 #

      Would be nice to have a summer house there, wouldn’t it…

  7. Marlys 31 January 2013 1832 #

    If only for the burst of vivid colours of exotic plants, yes, I like visiting botanical gardens. These are gorgeous.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1513 #

      A gorgeous garden indeed.

  8. I can tell you I would love to enjoy those views with a nice glass of Cava! Those views are what draw me to the Costa Brava.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1513 #

      See you there soon?

  9. Jenna 31 January 2013 2000 #

    Beautiful. I have not been to this part of Spain, but when I get there, I will visit this garden. Botanical gardens always top my list when I travel.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1514 #

      I think you would really enjoy the Costa Brava, Jenna.

  10. Michael Figueiredo 31 January 2013 2318 #

    What a pretty garden! I love that view of the cove with the sailboat too!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1514 #

      I would love to be on the sailboat 🙂

  11. Nancie 1 February 2013 0128 #

    I never miss visiting a garden when I’m traveling, and if it has a view, all the better! Lovely photos, Sophie.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1515 #

      Thanks, Nancie.

  12. Tonya @ The Traveling Praters 1 February 2013 0154 #

    I do enjoy visiting botanical gardens when I’m traveling.

    I loved the pictures with the cliffs and the water. It looks so beautiful and relaxing.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1515 #

      Me too 🙂

  13. Vera Marie Badertscher 1 February 2013 0406 #

    I thought I was home in Arizona with those barrel cactus in the first shot, and the pictures just keep getting prettier. Those are truly postcard shots of the bay. How gorgeous can it get?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1516 #

      They really have a great variety of species from around the world.

  14. Vera Marie Badertscher 1 February 2013 0417 #

    Forgot to answer your question… yes we love to visit botanical gardens. Off the top of my head, I recall one in New Zealand, the fantastic Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Richmond Virginia’s Lewis Gintner Gardens, the Wildflower Preserve in Pennsylvania, San Diego’s Balboa Park Botanical Garden, not to mention our own Tucson Botanical Garden and Tohono Chul Park and Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum (which is really more a botanical zoo than a museum). Does Monet’s Garden in Giverney count?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1516 #

      Monet always counts 🙂

  15. ItalianNotes 1 February 2013 1058 #

    Wow it looks lovely – especially the view to a cold glass of cava.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1517 #

      🙂

  16. D.J. - The World of Deej 1 February 2013 2015 #

    Awesome spot…what a view!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1517 #

      Absolutely awesome 🙂

  17. Greg Prohl 2 February 2013 0428 #

    Some lovely garden shots. Botanical gardens are always a treat and my wife and I search them out wherever we travel. The largest one we’ve ever encountered was in the town of Massandra in Crimea, Ukraine, a place you could spend days getting lost in.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1518 #

      Wow, I’ve never even heard of Massandra. Love that 🙂

  18. Leigh 2 February 2013 0549 #

    I love all gardens and once summer hits if I’m at home I feel a strong need to work in one even for 15 minutes every day. And what a spectacular view from this place.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1519 #

      I’m a lazier sort, I’m afraid. Love gardens, but not a big fan of gardening 🙂

  19. Sensibletraveler 2 February 2013 1611 #

    I like the photo of the wine and the harbor the best. Traveling for me is all about kicking back and enjoying the view.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1520 #

      Kicking back and enjoying the view… I like that 🙂

  20. I love Catalonia but have not been to this part. The botanical garden and he view of the ocean and the cliffs are magnificent.
    Yes, I do love visiting botanical gardens when I travel. I love learning about the local floras and they are normally so tranquil that they provide wonderful respite when travels get tedious.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1522 #

      Such a great part of Catalonia this.

  21. Andrea 3 February 2013 1847 #

    This is stunning! Your photos make me feel like I’m right there (how I wish I was!!)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1523 #

      Long for those temperatures, too, every once in a while…

  22. bonooobong 5 February 2013 1003 #

    This part of catalonian Spain is really breathtaking, during my studies I’ve spent 2 semesters in Barcelona and we used to hang out on the Costa Brava beach. We’ve preferred the smaller places, Lloret de Mar is a famous place for european tourists with its crowded locals and bars, I think that the atmosphere of an authentic small catalonian village is pretty much better:) Your shots are stunning btw, the one with the prosecco has the same feeling of the catalonian country like I described above.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1524 #

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Hanging out on Costa Brava beaches sounds like a fab break from busy uni days.

  23. Natasha von Geldern 6 February 2013 0143 #

    Yes definitely love Botanical Gardens while travelling – there’s a wonderful one on the Italian island of Ischia that was created by the wife of composer William Walton. The Melbourne one is very lovely also 🙂 And this Costa Brava one has an Australian parrot?!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1525 #

      I’d love to see the one in Melbourne.

  24. InsideJourneys 7 February 2013 1502 #

    A beautiful garden and a chilled glass of cava. Life is good, Sophie!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 February 2013 1525 #

      It is indeed 🙂

  25. Johnny 8 February 2013 1412 #

    The views look so refreshing! A nice escape, I bet.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 9 February 2013 1036 #

      A lovely – and unexpected – escape.

  26. Mary @ The World Is A Book 9 February 2013 1914 #

    How beautiful! I haven’t been to this part of Spain but wow..that view is gorgeous and perfect indeed with that glass. Love all the diverse flowers and plants you were able to capture here. I love visiting Botanical Gardens especially during Spring.

  27. Brandon Elijah Scott 13 February 2013 1814 #

    Gorgeous! I can’t wait to visit 🙂

  28. Leon 16 February 2013 0807 #

    What an amazing location. Great photography as well. 🙂

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