Located 10 minutes away from Denia and 15 minutes from Jávea, the hidden L’Albarba Gardens have a lot to offer.
The garden is a model of excellence in the world of Mediterranean gardens. Created in 1990, it demonstrates the great richness of the flora that thrive in this climate. With an area of 50,000 m2, it has more than 700 species of native plants, some of them endemic. This garden shows the great diversity of our local flora, which stands out for its beauty in each of the seasons. It is incredibly diverse from the orange blossom in the spring on parterres of strawberries and violets (the violets are planted as they protect the strawberries from slugs - a great example of plant husbandry). In April, you can enjoy the cornuptia of wisteria, pale lilac and very fragrant, a tropical atrium with a living wall offers a different experience, a shaded palm tree oasis offers added relaxation and the pathways edged with fragrant roses add to the delightful experience.
The land on which the Albarda Garden extends was previously an orchard of orange and lemon trees, a good piece of land with views of the picturesque Montgó and the coast of Dénia. In the 1980s, the Valencian businessman Enrique Montoliu acquired the plot with the idea of converting it into a house with a garden. After building a private home in the style of a Tuscan mansion, he began the ambitious task of creating an extensive Mediterranean garden and then set about an ambitious project of conservation.
L’Albarda Gardens is now managed by Fundem, the Enrique Montoliu Foundation, -established in 1996- with the strictest sustainability criteria. It is a reference model in the world of Mediterranean gardening with regard to the implementation or restoration of gardens, whether public or private, in order to preserve our landscape. To find out more about this worthwhile organisation go to https//fundem.org
In addition to its botanical biodiversity, L’Albarda has a formal garden, orchards and wild gardens. These recreate the ancient Renaissance gardens of Valencia, which were widely influenced by Arab culture. One area is particularly reminiscent of the Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh designed by Yves St Laurent with its vibrant colour scheme of orange and blue. Visitors will be transported to ancient times as they wander the walkways, pergolas and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
These characteristics brought recognition to the garden from the Universitat Politècnica de València and it was awarded with the Magister Award for Landscaping in 2002.
Meander around and you will find ponds covered in waterlilies, frogs and dragonflies, further along discover waterfalls as well as ornamental fountains with ponds full of carp and the occasional turtle. Various statues and artefacts are dotted around the place. You can never tire of discovering more and can easily spend a couple of hours strolling quietly through the garden, unhurried, enjoying its nooks and crannies and its less landscaped parts. The many benches scattered around the land invite you to sit back and enjoy. A small café offers refreshments as well as delicious homemade cakes.
As well as being a peaceful quiet spot, L’Albarda run concerts, book launches (recently Carol Drinkwater and Peter Morrell) and much more including painting exhibitions.
The gardens are open daily from 10am to 2pm, in summer from 15 June to 15 September they also open in the evening from 6pm to 9pm.
Admission costs 6€, or family ticket (2 adults, 2 children ) 15€.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, adults 8€, family 22€.
You can join Fundem for 30€ a year to help protect our environment; this gives you free access to the gardens, special members concerts and discounts on all events.
L’Albarda Garden is located in Pedreguer (Alicante-Spain) The address is: Urbanización La Sella, C/ Baix Vinalopó, nº 8.