I took a trip to Spain last spring and I can’t imagine there is a more wonderful time of year for a plant enthusiast from San Diego to travel in Spain than in the midsts of the spring season. The Mediterranean landscapes of Spain were extremely inspiring. I took several photos over the 2 weeks I spent visiting the Eastern and Southern parts of Spain, and although I feel a photo can only capture a fraction of the beauty of landscapes, I hope you are inspired by these shots as much as I am.
We started our trip in Barcelona. Its amazing how being around familiar plants can make you feel like you belong somewhere.
My first few days in the city I would wake up and enjoy a breakfast on the terrace soaking in views of the beautifully decorated courtyard below.
If you are ever in Barcelona I highly recommend that you visit the Bunkers. This spectacular view point will not disappoint you, even on a cloudy day.
Park Guell is a must when visiting Barcelona. If you have the opportunity to visit during the springtime when the Wisteria vines are blooming you will smell the sweet floral scent throughout the entire park. The planting selection and design in this park was just spectacular.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella is another must see. We accidentally stumbled upon this place when we decided to get lost in the city and set out on an adventure with no map or plan. I am so glad we ended up here! The fountain alone surrounded by this Mediterranean landscape was one of the most gorgeous sites I’ve seen.
Barcelona is a must city to add to your bucket list. If you enjoy plants and hail some San Diego or other similar cities with Mediterranean Landscapes I have no doubt you would enjoy all the scenery this city has to offer.
After a few days of soaking up all the beauty that is Barcelona we boarded a plan to the middle of country, and had a fantastic few days in Madrid.
Again, we decided to explore the city with no map or plan when we stumbled upon the most spectacular park I’ve ever seen. Rio Park in Madrid is landscape architecture at is finest.
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Madrid is also home to an amazing botanical garden, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid. The tulip display at this particular time was outstanding.
The texture of the bark on this Diospyros virginiana is a show stopper.
After a few days soaking up the Mediterranean landscapes of Madrid we ventured toward the south coast and stopped in the little town known as Granada. This place was hands-down my favorite city. I’ll let the photos attempt to speak for themselves.
Malaga is a fishing town on the South Coast of Spain, and was one of our last stops on our trip.
I was mesmerized by the trees lining the streets; they made a great canopy for the thunder storm we would later find ourselves walking home from dinner in.
No Matter where we ended up, this country never ceased to amaze me. I encourage you all to travel as often as you can, it is one of the greatest sources for creative inspiration. Upon returning back to my home in San Diego, I was more inspired than ever to create more inviting and serene Mediterranean Landscapes for my clients.