Traditional Spanish gardens


SPAIN has a long history of taking the influences of various cultures and incorporating them into its traditional Spanish garden.

The main inspirations have come from Moorish, Persian and Roman traditions and these gardens are havens of tranquility, beauty and coolness as they are based on the concept of long ponds set in a walled courtyard with paved areas and shady corners.

A cross, based on the main points of the compass  often divides the garden into four areas planted with fruit trees and fragrant plants whilst pergolas, and arbors provide places to escape the sun.

Naturally, to introduce such a garden into a private home requires a great deal of expense and patience, but elements, such as a fountain within a courtyard with a tiled seat would be relatively easy to construct.

For inspiration, there are so many traditional gardens open to the public and these can be found all over Spain, especially in the South from Jerez to Sevilla and Granada. Although far from traditional, the Gaudi-designed Artigas Gardens in Catalonia are also a perfect example of Spanish artistry and flair.

© No part of this web site may be reproduced without written permission from the publishers. All rights reserved. Todos los derechos reservados.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

We welcome comments from readers on our website and across our social networks. We invite you to discuss issues and share your views and we encourage robust debate and criticism provided it is civil.

However we reserve the right to reject or edit comments that:

• Contain offensive language
• Include personal attacks of any kind
• Are likely to offend or target any ethnic, racial, nationality or religious group
• Are homophobic, transphobic, sexist, offensive or obscene
• Contain spam or include links to other sites
• Are clearly off topic
• Impersonate an individual or organisation, are fraudulent, defamatory of any person, threatening or invasive of another’s privacy or otherwise illegal
• Are trolling or threatening
• Promote, advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services

You grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide licence to republish any material you submit to us, without limitation, in any format.