La Tamarita Gardens | Barcelona Bus Turístic

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La Tamarita Gardens

One of Barcelona’s few gardens classified as historic

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The gardens where Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí started to develop his concept of ‘Mediterranean garden’ take you back to the time of the great bourgeois mansions. In the Sant Gervasi district, in the upper part of Barcelona there are some private gardens that belonged to various well-to-do families before they were transferred into public use.

Why visit La Tamarita Gardens?

The gardens are located on the old estate of the Craywinckel family, which in 1911 was acquired by the cotton industrialist Alfredo Mata. Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí was commissioned to do the landscaping, and he started to implement his concept of ‘Mediterranean garden’, although he also included Catalan Renaissance garden elements such as Plaça dels Quatre Continents, where you can find sculptures by Virginio Arias.

In the eastern part, Rubió i Tudurí designed small ponds with fountains, ramps and stairways and railings with plant pots and ferns. In this area there is a pavilion. The western part is in a more classical style. It is organised into flowerbeds and has a square and an oval fountain with a waterfall. With regard to plant life, the gardens contain myrtle, privet, laurels and large pittosporums, in addition to locust trees, yew trees, bitter orange trees, cypresses, bamboo trees, box trees and a jacaranda.

 

How do you get to La Tamarita Gardens?

Hop off at the Tramvia Blau – Tibidabo stop on the Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic to easily get to La Tamarita Gardens by following Passeig de Sant Gervasi.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? The gardens offer you the opportunity to see a very rare tree in Barcelona, a hundred-year-old English oak that is some 23 metres tall.
  • Local’s tip: La Tamarita has many spaces designed for children, including a table tennis table, a large area to play football, slides, a roundabout, swings, seesaws and even a play area for the very youngest children.
  • A must: To stop off for a rest before climbing up Tibidabo.