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Botanical Gardens Santa Clotilde

The gardens are set on land close to the cliff edge in a particularly beautiful part pf the Costa Brava. Building work began in 1927 under Dr. Raúl Roviralta, with the collaboration of Nicolás María Rubió and Tundurí, who succeeded in making the most of this outstanding location though his skillful use of the area’s steep slopes and uneven relief. From the esplanade of the house there are three main visual axes.

The most important of these is a large green staircase with sculptures of mermaids by María Llimona. All the paths, avenues, squares and steps are set off by clipped hedges that form splendid green architectural shapes.

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Beaches of Lloret de Mar

Cala Banys Beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 50 meters, rock composition

· Occupation: Medium<

· To swim: No

· Type: Moderate swell

The bay is composed of only rocks, where you can enjoy fishing and a beautiful walk through a rocky environment.

Cala dels Frares Beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 130 meters, composition of rocks

· Occupation: Low

· To swim: No

· Type: Moderate swell

Stones creek lacking in services and infrastructures, and very uncomfortable for the bathroom.

Canyelles beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 400 meters, sand composition

· Occupation: High

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold sand

Beach awarded with the Blue Flag, which has a small port and a Nautical Club.

Fenals beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 775 meters, sand composition

· Occupation: High

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold sand

· Beach with disabled access

La Boadella beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 310 meters, sand composition

· Occupation: Middle

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold sand

Fine sand beach surrounded by rocks and vegetation where nudism is practiced at one end.

Beach La Tortuga / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 100 meters, composition of rocks

· Occupation: Low

· To swim: No

· Type: Moderate swell

Insulated beach of difficult access composed of rocks and lacking any type of services for the use of the public.

Beach of Lloret / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 1,300 meters, sand composition

· Occupation: High

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold sand

Beach with disabled access

Beach of Sa Caleta / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 110 meters, composition of rocks / sand

· Occupation: High

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold

Small sandy beach protected by rocks on which stands a medieval castle.

Santa Cristina beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 365 meters, sand composition

· Occupation: High

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold sand

Sand beach of excellent quality, very well equipped and enjoys very clean waters where diving can be practiced.

Treumal beach / Lloret de Mar (Girona)

· Length: 115 meters, sand composition

· Occupation: Medium

· To swim: Moderate swell

· Type: Gold sand

This beach has the Blue Flag award, but the most outstanding is the quality of its sand and the good condition of its natural environment.

Botanical Garden -Pinya de Rosa

Botanical Garden Pinya de Rosa

The Tropical Botanical Garden -Pinya de Rosa- is located in the Costa Brava area, between the towns of Blanes and Lloret de Mar. The 50-hectare site combines science and art in each of its Corners

Pinya de Rosa is the work of Dr. Industrial Engineer Fernando Riviere de Caralt, who was very passionate about the Garden, dedicated much of his life, from 1945 to 1992, to the beautiful natural complex reinforced by his landscape work.

The Tropical Botanical Garden comprises about 7000 species of different genera, sometimes from their natural habitat and private collections.

It is worth mentioning the collections of Aloes, Agaves, Yuccas and Opuntias, many of them considered the best in the world.

Thanks to the existing microclimate, between 17 ° C and 29 ° C average temperature, the succulents are accompanied by Dracenas, Palmeras and other plants belonging to the local flora. The Garden also has a wide variety of cacti; Among them Echinocactus grusonii, Cornegiea polylopha and Echinopsis pasacana.

Experts in botany of cactus and other species, have dedicated to Mr. Riviere, some of the plants by them discovered and classified. These are: Leucostele rivierei, Opuntia rivieriana, Echinopsis riviere-de-caratii and Aloe rivierei.

It is a privilege to know that in our country there is the Tropical Botanical Garden -Pinya de Rosa- and it continues to grow and maintain for all visitors.

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Botanical Garden Marimurtra

Around the year 1920, in this exceptional location on the Costa Brava in the province of Girona, Carlos Faust began creating what is now a stunning botanical garden with more than 4.000 species, dedicated primarily to Mediterranean and sub-tropical flora. It has wonderful collectionsof cacti and other beautiful plants fromarid regions of southern Africa and Central America, as well as plants endemic to Catalonia. The garden has steep slopes and largelake, as well a longflight of steps leading to the Linnaeus temple, which offers stunning views out over the coast and sea.

 Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar

The jewel of the Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar

Cliffs, pinewoods, coves and beaches make up the coastal profile of the county of La Selva, the setting for Tossa de Mar. The most southerly sector of the Costa Brava offers tourists an incredible range of history, art and leisure on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This town in the province of Girona makes available to travellers a wide and varied range of accommodation made to measure for all tastes. The cuisine, another of the cultural riches of this area, will convince the most refined palates.

Tossa de Mar benefits from three beaches, and is an ideal place for a beach holiday or to visit other small coves, beaches and places of the Costa Brava, as well as to discover other nearby villages and large cities with a fort Cultural character: Girona and Barcelona.

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The city of Gerona

The so-called “City of the Four Rivers”, shows us a historic centre dominated by medieval buildings and reminders of Romans, Arabs and Jews. Inside the walled enclosure of “La Força Vella” you can find the culiminating works of its historical destiny. Its excellent position between the Pyrenean chain and the Costa Brava makes a multitude of trips possible, for example, to natural areas which are worthy of mention. Everywhere, the traveller will have the opportunity to try the regional cuisine which brings together in its recipes products of the sea and the mountains.

Set in the valley of the Ter, at the confluence of four rivers, we find the city of Girona. One of them, the Onyar, divides the historic centre from the modern city. The old centre of this Catalan city preserves remains of its long history, from the time it was founded by the Romans in the 1st century B. C. To them we owe its original wall, whose remains stretch from the Archaeological Walk to the Wall Gardens.

Strategically located in the northeastern corner of Spain. It limits to the north with the Pyrenees to only 70 km, and in the extreme south, we will find Barcelona to 103 km.

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The beautiful city of Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde. It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.The city’s origins are Roman, and its long history and economic dynamism have made Barcelona a cultural city, which can be seen in the historic-artistic heritage and the promotion of the most innovative artistic trends. A wide cultural programme will take visitors to museums, exhibitions, open-air sculptures… and many concerts, plays and dances.

Popular culture also has its manifestations in this city, which still conserves its most cherished traditions, like the fiestas of La Mercè or the festivities in the neighbourhoods of Gràcia, Sants and Poblenou. These are all exceptional opportunities for getting to know the city’s more festive side. Tradition and modernity can also be seen in its innovative and imaginative gastronomy, based on fresh garden produce, fresh fish, a wide variety of sausages and olive oil. Traditional handmade cakes and pastries and sparkling wines are some of the other highlights in this brief overview of Barcelona’s gastronomic culture.

Strolling around the streets of Barcelona will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. The city is endowed with some exceptional infrastructures which are in demand as venues for seminars, symposia and international events. Its exceptional transport connections, the Mediterranean climate and the multitude of attractions for visitors make Barcelona one of the world’s leading business cities. Business parks and exhibition and conference centres host a wide range of initiatives. Visitors coming to Barcelona for pleasure or on business can also enjoy the city’s Mediterranean character, which can so clearly be seen on the Barcelona coast. The city also has lovely urban beaches, marine resorts, and golf courses on the seashore. Nature lovers will not have to go far to explore the mountains in the Cordillera Litoral range and the Catalan Pyrenees.

At present, Barcelona is recognized as a global city because of its cultural, financial, commercial and tourist importance. It has one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean and is also an important point of communication between Spain and France, due to motorway connections and high-speed rail. The Barcelona-El Prat airport, located 15 km from the city center, was used by more than 37.5 million passengers in 2014.

Monastery of Montserrat

The sanctuary of our Lady of Montserrat

A nature reserve where the patron saint of Catalonia is venerated.

There is an unusually-shaped mountain in the heart of Catalonia made from huge slabs of grey rock. At the top of this spectacular massif stands a statue of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. This nature reserve is covered with pine and holm-oak woods and is home to squirrels, boars and genets, among others. There are many different itineraries and guided visits that will help you discover its most hidden spots. At the peak is the majestic sanctuary dedicated to ‘La Morenata’, the 12th-century Romanesque-style statue of the Virgin Mary. The architectural site comprises various squares and a basilica originally built in the 16th century and subsequently rebuilt in the 19th, with a hostel for pilgrims and visitors. Close by is the Benedictine monastery with its beautiful chapterhouse and neo-Romanesque cloister and refectory, refurbished in 1925 by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. It is also home to works by artists such as Picasso, Dalí and El Greco.Also open are the New Audiovisual Space and the Open-Air Museum where –thanks to an audioguide– visitors can see the Modernist sculptures and the Santa Cova (a chapel attached to the rock in which the image of the Virgin was said to have been found).

The Virgin of Montserrat.

The veneration of this Virgin spread all over South America when the monk Bernat Boil accompanied Christopher Columbus to the New World.

It is said that an image of the Virgin of Montserrat appeared in a cave in the mountain. Situated 20 kilometres northwest of Barcelona, the monastery was founded by Abbott Oliba in 1025, although there is evidence that there was a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary on this site in the year 888. The Romanesque church was built in the 12th century and in 1223, the first European School for boy singers. The Virgin of Montserrat was declared the patron saint of Catalonia by Pope Leon XIII. In the year 1500, Saint Ignatius of Loyola travelled here on a pilgrimage.