If you’re looking for a place where to calmly stroll, relax, and spend the day with family, Parc Samà is one of the best choices. This botanical garden possesses the space, the fauna and the flora so both adults and children can enjoy the visit.
Located very close to Cambrils and Reus, Parc Samà is a family friendly destination and very enticing for all sorts of visitors. It has picnic areas at your disposal, a café with terrace, and pets are allowed in without inconvenience.
History of Parc Samà
Parc Samà is Cambrils’ botanical garden. Built the year 1881, during the Romanticism era, the property space extends to almost 14 acres full of a great botanical diversity, as well as unique architectural monuments. All this accompanied by the different animals living in harmony within the park.
It is one of the best examples of botanical collection of the Romanticism, being catalogued as Bien de Interés Cultural (property of cultural interest) and is part of the European Route of Historic Gardens. In its centre, the Casa Palacio was once the summer residence of the Samà family, Marquises of Marianao.
It was Salvador Samà i Torrents the one responsible for Parc Samà’s existence. This Spanish politician, who was also Marquis of Vilanova i la Geltrú and Grande de España, left the design of the property in the hands of José Fontserè i Mestres, with the idea of creating a Romantic environment, with a elegant asymmetry and great environmental care.
What can you see in Parc Samà?
During the walk through Parc Samà you can visit several areas, the jewel of the park being the elements that make up the botanical garden. Through all its expanse we can see London planes, oaks, Spanish chestnuts, Brazilian cassava, and much more. A good amount of them are centuries old as well.
You can also explore the Alfonso de Fontcuberta greenhouse. 350 square metres in size, it was once a training area for riders and horses. In its interior there are 75 species of varied tropical trees and bushes thanks to the higher temperature.
Regarding the zoological collection, Parc Samà is inhabited by both local and tropical species. Just by entering the park, it’s possible to stumble upon peafowl wandering freely during your walk through, as well as ducks and other aquatic birds.
But it’s the Aviario Mariano and the Antigua Monería where most exotic species reside, there are macaws and other birds within the parrot family. Their distinct bright colours and noisy chatter will both surprise and amaze the children.
Aside from birds, Parc Samà has an area exclusive to fallow deer. These herbivores are very gentle and, with the snack offered at the park entrance, it’s possible to feed them through the fence.
During spring and summer a hedge maze is set up, ideal to wander about and get lost with your kids. There’s also access to different towers, both in the centre of the lake and the exterior of the estate. This allows you to see Parc Samà with wonderful views.