Hike to Cap Roig botanic gardens

Southwards from Llafranc goes is a picturesque hiking trail. The aromatic pine trees surround the walking trail going along the coast, built on the side of the rocks. Just about a quarter of an hour walk away is the neighbor town of Calella de Palafrugell (that of course if you dare to rush past the charming scenery and sights of the most beautiful neon and teal blue water, otherwise it will take longer).

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Calella de Palafrugell is known for its July music festival – The Cap Roig Garden Festival that has been featuring really big names, for such a small relaxed spot.

Calella with its several little coves and beach spots is a great place to stop over for a dip in the sea and also to stock up on water and snacks(or eat at one of their numerous restaurants). This is quite crucial, as moving on there won´t be options to get food along the way and even at the Cap Roig botanic gardens is just a lonely vending machine, in case you get hungry.


However, moving on along the rocky sides of the coast, the hiking trail gets rather narrow and wild and oh so beautiful, with a few tunnels going straight through the rocks. Reminded me a little of Cinque Terre hiking trail in Italy.

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Cap Roig botanic gardens may take a few GPS skills to find(as it is situated not straight at the end of the hike), but are easily reachable by foot.

Cap Roig botanic garden is one of a kind along the Catalonian coast and holds nearly 1000 botanical species from all over the world and sculptures by renowned Spanish and international artists. It is here where the July Music Festival really takes place.
Back in 1927 the Russian colonel Nicolai Woevodski, lover of drawing and architecture, and his wife, English aristocrat and decorator Dorothy Webster started building their dream. The works continued up to 1974.  The castle and its gardens are today their legacy.

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All in all (together with swim breaks and snack stops) took us 8 hours to hike from Llafranc to Cap Roig and back. It takes about 1.5h to have a proper look around the botanic gardens.


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