The secret gardens of Asturias

Jardines de la Fonte Baxa

On the outskirts of Luarca, and hanging over the Cantabrian Sea, are one of the best kept secrets of Asturias. Jardines de La Fonte Baxa; also known as Jardines de Panrico, as they belong to one of its founders; or Jardines de El Chano, referring to the area where they are.

Some 20 years ago that Jose Javier Rivera, discovered this corner asturian and he fell in love of it. Shortly after and, the team of the garden compound by several landscape architects and experts in botany, began to create this paradise of about 20 hectares and thousands of species of plants, which make it the largest private garden in Spain in both size and vegetation.

Each one will find their favorites, mine are the Acer Palmatium (which in Japan is passed down from generation to generation), the Rosewood (the tree of the world most expensive) and a lovely Weeping Willow (reminded me that we had in the garden of the house where I lived when I was a child)

The gardens, are presented in a natural way, respecting the characteristics of each plant and without using fertilizers, or chemical fertilizers. Taking advantage of the terrain features and the expertise of the professionals who took part in its creation, it has managed to recreate an ecosystem in which they live trees and plants from the five continents.

Jose Manuel Alba, one of the experts responsible for the creation of this orchard, guides, and no one better to join us and show us his passion for botany. During the tour, it gives us many tips on gardening, in addition to curiosity and stories of the plants and of the place.

The route, about 3 hours approximately, is performed in different walks, which bear the name of the plants that dominate them, a lake with water lilies, fountains, ponds and many other surprises. During this same period, we will be stopping at the different viewpoints overlooking the marine town of Luarca.

Another attractive feature of these gardens, are the works of art which houses: a Chinese pagoda, a few columns of the Roman Empire, a bell brought from a nearby church, a few columns of red marble of the Axarquía, a carving of the virgin or two very special figures of children's stories of Dikens, are some examples that will astound us among the vegetation.

The gardens can be visited, prior reservation every day at 11h and at 16.30 h (except on Sundays which are only at 11h). Perhaps the most difficult is to choose the station, completely changing their colors and their flowers; the ochre hues in autumn; the red ball of the holly trees, in winter; and the months of March and April, the time of the flower of the Camellias, the protagonist of the gardens.

Phone: +34 678 865 276
Address: El Chano (Luarca)