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 17-hectare space which hosts around 1,000 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 the Obra Social ”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 entry point to the gardens, you’ll be given a map with a marked path to take the itinerary that you want. Expect approximately 1:30 to do the entire itinerary.

Along the route, specifically in the area of the palm trees, there is a picnic area so that visitors can enjoy a break surrounded by an unbeatable environment.

There is also a guided educational activity, available in different languages intended both for schools as well as families called “The Thousand Faces of Cap Roig”. There are three different types of visit: 1 hour, 1.5 hours and 2 hours.

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First off, it includes an itinerary through the gardens during which the group will make various stops, where at each one the educator proposes three views: the landscape, the historical and the botanical. Starting from most relevant aspects of these three perspectives, visitors can get an overall understanding of the gardens and the environment.

In the second part, in the laboratory, we offer up a place for observation and investigation. The kids will find samples and preparations of rocks and natural plants which will allow them to delve into the botanical and geological view of the gardens, but at the microscopic scale.

During the activity, visitors will also make use of the landscape and the beauty of the gardens as a source of artistic inspiration.

CONTACT

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

HORARIS

From April to September
Open from 10 to 20.

From October to March
Open from 10 to 18.

January and February, Saturdays and Sundays
Open from 10 to 18.

The days of the Festival
Closed after 16.

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.