Historic Gardens of Bergara

Historic Gardens of Bergara

 

The gardens of Bergara were very important in the town’s history. And they continue to be so in the current town planning. Bergara is surrounded by a true green belt. But also in the urban scene the extensive green spaces are a unique characteristic of the town. Some gardens are well conserved; others have been seriously modified by the urban development of recent decades. However, as an original and valuable heritage, Bergara makes an effort to conserve, recover and enjoy its historic gardens.

 

The most important gardens:

 

1. Errekalde: This is a 19th-century project. Besides its plant species, it also stands out for the water channelling and the spatial distribution associated with specific functions. All of this gives it a great splendour. We can visit the garden even though it has not been restored yet.

 

2. Irizar: Of a modest appearance, its importance is considerable, as it is the first urban vegetable garden of Bergara to be converted to an ornamental garden of a palace in the 17th century. Furthermore, in line with the retro fashion of the period, it was built to imitate Renaissance style. This garden is registered as a Monument, in the General Inventory of Cultural Heritage of the Basque Country. Other interesting gardens

 

3. Untzeta: Like Errekalde, this garden was also planned in the 19th century. It is now split in two by the road and you can no longer see the two hectares it once covered. This garden offers magnificent bearing trees, some of them planted in the late nineteenth century as in the case of the spectacular Himalayan cedar (Cedrus deodara).

 

4. Usondo: It is more a park than a garden, and it is widely used. Created in the early twentieth century as Laureaga palace garden, it was not until the 1980s that it was opened to the public. There are still some trees planted over 100 years ago: Silver fir (Abies alba), Honet locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), etc.

 

5. Errotalde: This is the area of expansion of the palace that presides over it. More commonly known for Santa Ana chapel or the preaching of Francisco de Borja, Errotalde is a garden that contains many surprises, like the European yew (Taxus baccata) or the small bridge in the rear of the palace.

 

6. The garden of the Seminary. We can see this garden from the beginning of the 20th century hidden behind Munibe Square. On the adjacent information panel you will find an old representation of the green spaces of the Seminary (botanical garden, vegetable garden...), in which its functional distribution is accurately reflected.

 

7. We can not forget the small gardens of Komenio Street. There is the magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), protected by law as "Singular Tree".