The Santa Clotilde Gardens are situated on the Costa Brava on the outskirts of Lloret de Mar, about a one hour drive from Barcelona. The Marquis of Roviralta (1891-1979) commissioned Catalan architect and landscaper Nicolau Rubió i Tuduri (1891-1981) for the project in 1919. The cliff-top gardens were finally completed in 1926.
The Marquis (Doctor Raül Roviralta i Astoul) was inspired by the Italian Cinquecento; the cultural and artistic events in Italy during the period 1500 to 1599. The gardens were planned in the Italian Renaissance style, terraced with wide exterior views and harmoniously arranged indigenous vegetation.
The name Santa Clotilde was chosen by the Marquis as a dedication to his wife Clotilde Rocamora, who died at a young age.
Covering cover 26,830 square meters, the gardens feature a collection of neo-classical marble statues and mermaids by the sculptress Maria Llimona i Benet (1894-1985), daughter of the sculptor Josep Llimona i Bruguera. Josep Llimona is famous for the Desconsol sculpture in Parc de la Ciutadella and the frieze on Arc de Triomf.
Santa Clotilde constitutes an example of Noucentisme, a cultural movement of the early 20th century representing a reaction against Modernisme.
In 1995 the Catalan Regional Government named Santa Clotilde Gardens as a place of national cultural interest in the historical garden category.
Santa Clotilde Gardens
Address: Paratge de Santa Clotilde. 17310, Lloret de Mar
Phone: +34 972 370 471