Spain is large and there is much to be said for taking a holiday which includes visits to gardens, rather than attempting a full tour. Spain was inhabited by Celts before the Roman conquest. It then became part of the Empire and a country of many gardens. Arab invaders brought Islamic design ideas. In the twentieth century Barcelona became famed for modernista (Art Nouveau) and then for modern design. See list of gardens to visit in Spain.
Escorted Garden Tours in Spain
HORTUS goes to Mallorca, 19th to 24th April 2015
Hosted by David Wheeler, editor of HORTUS
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands with a rich and varied terrain, from jagged mountain peaks in the north to the patchwork fields edged by drystone walls of the central and southern plains, all surrounded by dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches. Under Moorish rule for three hundred years, it is now part of Spain,
with very strong Catalan ties. About one fifth of the population is comprised of British, German, Swiss and French expatriates some of whose exceptionally beautiful gardens are included in this tour alongside those of Moorish influence.
Gardens & Architecture of Andalucia, departing 3rd & 17th Mar, 7th Apr, 22nd Sep, 6th Oct 2015
Andalucia has the best Islamic gardens in Europe - which also happen to be the best medieval castle gardens in all Europe.
The tour includes the Alhambra
and the Generalife
in Granada, the Great Mosque
in Cordoba, Jardines de las Reales Alcazares
, Parque de Maria Luisa
, the Plaza de España in Seville and, in Ronda, the Alameda del Tajo gardens set on the edge of a spectacular gorge.
Holiday travel arrangements for Spanish garden touring
Many tour companies take visitors to Spain but the country has a very large tourist industry and is comparatively easy for the independent traveller: there are many hotels, the trains and buses work well. English is widely spoken in the holiday areas but not elsewhere. Garden holidays and tourism are most comfortable in spring and autumn.