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Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain
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Parc Sama, Cambrils with Kids | Spain

Parc Sama just outside Cambrils in Catalonia, Spain is a really lovely place to while away 2-3 hours with or without kids.

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If you think of a National Trust type of place with a large country house and winding gardens then you won’t go far wrong. I mean Parc Sama is very Spanish and not at all built in the English country house / National Trust style but you’ll hopefully understand what I mean.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

Where is Parc Sama?

Parc Sama is just outside Cambrils in Costa Dauarda or Costa Dorada as us Brits continue to call it. It’s about 20 minutes from Salou and around an hour south of Barcelona .

Although it’s only 20 minutes from the beaches of the Costa Dorada it really does feel like a million miles away and on a lovely Autumn day with the weather in the early 20’s it was a really great place for a wander when lying on the beach wouldn’t really have been an option.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

How to get to Parc Sama

Realistically most people will need to drive to Parc Sama ( although several local hotels do offer shuttle service to the gardens) but there is a large free car park at the front. Grab a spot under the shaded trees if you can.

How much does it cost to get into Parc Sama?

It’s €10 for adults, €6 for kids 7-16 and it’s free for under 7’s. There are group discounts available.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

History behind Parc Sama

Salvador Samà i Martí, first Marquis de Marianao, was Councillor in Habana and Senator for the Kingdom in Cuba. His successor Salvador Samà i Torrents built Parc Sama in 1881 as his families summer residence to showcase the families Cuban explorations.

Parc Sama was conceived as a romantic garden by Josep Fontserè and his disciple Antoni Gaudí – and you can see the Gaudi style in the bridges and caves particularly around the lake.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

Parc Sama today

After falling out of use for many years, Parc Sama is once again being brought back to life, with the Spanish equivalent to our National Trust spending some money on the place.

Once the families personal zoo, there are deer towards the back of the park, tortoise and lots of birds.

Whilst some part of the park feel a little old fashioned.; the birds need a bit more space than they have, and the playground could do with some love too, but we all loved the lake and the caves and we spent quite some time imagining living in the colonial past and swimming in the lake on hot sunny days.

We also loved just meandering around the pathways, chatting and playing games.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

What did the kids like about Parc Sama?

A simple idea, but the kids loved being able to buy corn (just one euro) for the animals from the shop on the way in. You buy a full sheaf of corn and then hand turn the sheaf into kernels – they then fed this to the ducks, peacocks and deer.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain
Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

The kids also loved the tower with views over the gardens and the bridge over the lake. We also played games in the caves towards the back of the park and spent some time chatting to the parrots.

Parc Sama, Cambrills with Kids | Spain

In the summer there is a Maize Maze which they would have enjoyed but visiting in Autumn means it’s been cut down for the year.

Parc Samà is open year round, generally from mid-morning to sundown but check times on their website before visiting, which we recommend that you do.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Cathy (Mummytravels)
    20th November 2019 at 10:12 pm

    This looks rather fairytale – I’d never even heard of it before, but sounds like a great attraction for something a little different to city and beach in this part of Spain.

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    Samantha Rickelton
    22nd November 2019 at 12:05 pm

    I have stayed in Cambrils twice and I am kicking myself we didn’t go here – it looks great.

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    Jenny
    25th November 2019 at 1:04 pm

    So beautiful! And a lovely change from the beach.

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    susanna
    25th November 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I would love to visit there with my family, we love Catalunya.

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    Katja Gaskell
    26th November 2019 at 10:15 am

    Can you believe that I’ve never been to Spain? Ever?! This looks like it would be a great place to start!

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    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)
    26th November 2019 at 10:57 am

    I’d never heard of these gardens, despite the Gaudi connection. It’s great that they’re becoming more well-known. We’ll definitely stop by when we’re in the area!

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    Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker
    27th November 2019 at 12:54 pm

    It looks like such a lovely place for a wander! I love Spain (lots of family connections there) but I’ve not explored this area yet. Hoping to visit Barcelona at some point soo, so will definitely add this place to our list for a day trip when we do go.

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