Parc Samà is a romantic garden, French parterres, a poetic and abstract forest, plane trees and reeds coexist with wisteria and bougainvillea. More than eight hundred palm trees, magical oak trees and elegant cedar and pine trees surround a lake where the ducks and turtles live. Peacocks and pheasants play around its waterfall, witnesses of our visit. Parc Samà is a companion for our feelings, freedom and encounters. It is romanticism, it is the garden of Parc Samà.
Some highlights about Parc Samà, in Cambrils (Spain)
Carretera de Vinyols s/n 43850 Cambrils
Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain
Coordinates: 41.10441, 1.02242
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Phone: +34 977 826 514
From Tarragona: 20 minutes by highway (A7) and local road (T-312 and T-314)
From Cambrils: 5 minutes by T-312 road
The Park was created and promoted by Salvador Samà i Torrens, Marquis of Marianao, heir to a Catalan family established in Cuba. The project was commissioned in the year 1881 to Josep Fontserè, author of the Park of the Ciutadella de Barcelona and with Antoni Gaudí as assistant.
Parc Samà is a roundtrip, a journey of emigration and return. Dreaming of America, coming back and leaving a legacy. Other trees, other birds, others costumes and colours, other arts… Adventure, culture and wealth. Parc Samà is the history and the story of the Marquisate of Marianao.
Parc samà is a romantic garden, French parterres, a poetic and abstract forest, plane trees and reeds coexist with wisteria and bougainvillea. More than eight hundred palm trees, magical oak trees and elegant cedar and pine trees surround a lake where the ducks and turtles live. Peacocks and pheasants play around its waterfall, witnesses of our visit. Parc Samà is a companion for our feelings, freedom and encounters. It is romanticism, it is the garden of Parc Samà.
The search of perfection finds its place in an elegant chaos, in the harmony of nature itself. Built in the image of the English gardens, Parc Samà proclaims freedom from its Romantic conception, as if the park was an improvised creation. Without giving up its organised outlines that follow the French style, the park is mainly romantic and poetic, more or less dense and wild, formed mostly by open spaces and important botanical species.
It is clearly an eclectic garden which combines styles such as Italian Renaissance or English Romanticism, including in this last case their three basic elements: the landscape, which involves leaving out statues, buildings and other elements, as in the rear area of the Palace of the Lake; the poetic, which introduces artificiality and decorative elements, as the Lake or the Waterfall; and the abstract art, the Forest.
Within this exotic and wild variable, many gardens of the time contained collections of animals (deer, pheasants, peacocks…). In the case of the Parc Samà, and following the idea of the founder of the Salvador Samà i Torrens to recreate a garden that would transport the visitor to colonial Cuba, the park housed different collections of animals, among which the birds brought from Central America stood out.
The garden of today recovers this dimension, focusing on the fondness of its founder in the collection of ornamental birds from the new world, but adapting this concept to the XXI century, where animal welfare is the absolute priority. The animal collections that the Parc Samà houses are intended to serve as a classroom for education and conservation, where the visitor can admire, enjoy and understand closely the wonderful world of birds, deer, turtles, etc.
Museum space in the premises of the old winery and oil press, being a sample of agricultural production in the area and an experimental space where you can taste original cuisine products from the area of high quality as vermouth, olive oil, nuts, etc.