Santa Clotilde Gardens, Lloret De Mar: Nature And Harmony

Santa Clotilde

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High on a cliff top close to Lloret de Mar, overlooking the rocky coast of the Costa Brava, the Santa Clotilde Gardens have an idyllic setting. But this is more than just a garden: it is a work of art in itself, a part of the noucentiste movement that flourished in Catalonia in the early 20th century.  

Noucentisme In The Santa Clotilde Gardens

The Santa Clotilde Gardens are a part of the Open Museum of Lloret (MOLL), a collection of buildings showcasing the town’s finest architecture, both modern and historic. Although not a building, Santa Clotilde is included in MOLL because it is an outstanding example of the new wave of design that swept the region in the early 20th century.

The gardens were commissioned by the Marquis of Roviralta in 1919. The architect was Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí, and the site was a former vineyard. The new garden was designed in the noucentiste style, which was a reaction against the previously fashionable modernist movement. (The best illustration of Modernism in Lloret de Mar is probably the chapels of Sant Roma Church.)

Santa Clotilde Gardens, Lloret de Mar
Noucentisme recalled the principles of Renaissance design

Noucentisme sought to emulate the ideals of the Italian Renaissance style. As you walk around the Santa Clotilde Gardens you will note the features of classical design, with symmetry and proportion built into every part of the grounds. And the numerous statues, fountains and ponds add to the feel of a Renaissance garden.

Statue at the Santa Clotilde Gardens, Lloret de Mar
The Santa Clotilde Gardens are full of sculptures

Read more about the buildings included in the Open Museum of Lloret – The Unexpected Buildings of Lloret de Mar.

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Making The Most Of The Landscape

Throughout the gardens you sense a harmony with the environment. The steep hillside might have been a challenge for the architect, but he chose instead to make the slopes a feature of the garden, incorporating a series of stairways rising up from a central square. The steps are lined with ivy, creating the impression of giant green waterfalls. The landscape of the garden also allowed the creation of miradors and viewpoints with spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Santa Clotilde Gardens, Lloret de Mar
The stairways are covered with ivy, creating the impression of a green waterfall

Again working with the environment, the garden is full of native plants. It has been planted with evergreen trees and shrubs, broken up by occasional splashes of colour: an orange tree laden with fruit, or wisteria dripping from a bower. And the relationship with the sea is not forgotten. In among the more familiar mythological characters are a number of mermaid sculptures, gazing wistfully down to the water below.

Mermaid at the Santa Clotilde Gardens, Lloret de Mar
A mermaid gazes down to the Mediterranean below

Visiting The Santa Clotilde Gardens

  • The Santa Clotilde Gardens are 1.7 km from the centre of Lloret de Mar, between Boadella Cove and Fenals Beach.
  • You can walk there by road (in the direction of Fenals) in just over 20 minutes, or take the bus.
  • The gardens are open year round (apart from Christmas and New Year). Opening time is 10 am, and closing time varies according to the time of year. There is a small entrance charge.


6 thoughts on “Santa Clotilde Gardens, Lloret De Mar: Nature And Harmony”

  1. Wow, what a stunning garden and staircase – I would love to explore this garden and bring a picnic.

  2. Betsy Wuebker

    The setting is breathtaking, and I learned a new term: noucentisme. The return to classicism must have felt somewhat cleansing after all the zany craziness that went before! Lloret has so many treasures.

  3. Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    As I travel, I enjoy visiting exceptional gardens. I've added Lloret de Mar's Santa Clotilde Gardens to my list based on your description and images.

  4. Stunning photos Karen. I think this garden was one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I love the way the foundation is incorporated into the landscape to take full advantage of the views. Your last photo of the back of the mermaid says it all!

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