Cap Roig

Botanical

Garden

Cap Roig Botanical Garden

Located between the towns of Palafrugell and Mont-ras, in the county of Baix Empordà (Girona), the Cap Roig Gardens are, due to their singular nature, a unique space in the Mediterranean.

Nature, art, culture and history come together in this 20-hectare space which hosts around 800 botanical spaces coming from the entire world and sculptures from renowned national and international artists. The outdoor auditorium serves as the stage of one of the summer’s most prestigious festivals, the Cap Roig Garden Festival.

The history of this space dates back to the year 1927, when the Russian colonel, Nicolai Woevodsky, a lover of drawing and architecture, and the English aristocrat Dorothy Webster, a decorator, and archaeology and gardening aficionado, sought a place to live and to make their dream a reality on the Costa Brava. After years of effort and work, they managed to create this unique space where nature and peace of mind reign supreme. Just as they wished, the couple rests in one of the most beautiful sites of this landscape. The castle and its gardens are their legacy today.

In 1969 the Woevodskys transferred the entire area in exchange for guaranteeing the preservation of its landscape and architectural heritage. Their vision remains intact today, thanks to Fundació ”la Caixa”, which has assumed responsibility for preserving the space. Both the sculpture park, with works by great contemporary masters, as well as the Cap Roig Gardens Festival, which brings together major names from the international scene, make this idyllic site a point of reference for the beautiful landscape and tourism of the Costa Brava.

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

DURING THE VISIT

At the entrance to the gardens, you can download from the website a map of the pathway set out for you to take yourself on a tour of the space. We estimate that the tour should take around 1.5 hours.

At one point on the tour, specifically in the palm area, there is a picnic area where you can take a break in an outstanding setting.

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The gardens have an activity programme for schools, groups, families and the general public.

  • Guided tours: learn more about the Cap Roig gardens through different approaches: its botany, its history and its landscape.
  • Gardening activities: essential oils, seasonal plants, gardening techniques, herbaria, pruning and botanical and gardening skills, accessible to everyone.
  • Literary activities: enjoy one of the best spaces in the garden, with the sound of trickling water in the background and literary activities for adults and family groups.

CONTACT

Camí del Rus, s/n. 17210 Calella, Palafrugell

HORARIS

From April to September
Open from 10:00 to 20:00

From October to March
Open from 10:00 to 18:00

January and February
Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00

The days of the Festival
Closed after 16:00

Holidays
24, 25, 26 and 31 December, 1 and 6 January, closed

 

Entry is allowed up until 1 hour before the gardens are closed

HOW TO ARRIVE

By foot or bike
From Calella de Palafrugell it is about a 25-minute walk to reach the gardens.

By car
From Barcelona to Palafrugell it is 135 km. Visitors should take the AP7 highway in the direction of Girona/France and take exit 9 (Vidreres / Lloret) in the direction of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Platja d’Aro on the C-35, continue in the direction of Palamós (C-31) and take exit 331 Palafrugell Sud, following the direction to “platges” (beaches) and up to Calella de Palafrugell.

From the border with France up to Palafrugell it is 80 km. Visitors should take the AP7 highway in the direction of Barcelona and take exit 6 (Girona Nord), go in the direction of La Bisbal / Palamós (C-66) and take the exit for Palafrugell Nord, take the direction to the “platges” (beaches) and reach Calella de Palafrugell.

By bus
Julivia Tourist Bus

From the end of June to the mid-September, this bus allows passengers to easily travel to the most emblematic parts of the town (Palafrugell – Llafranc – Tamariu – Calella) without needing to take a car. You can consult the prices, schedules and routes here.

PARKING

Cars
Cars have a free outdoor parking lot available at the entry to the garden.

Buses
Groups visiting the museum have parking spaces for buses in the parking lot situated in the entry to the garden.