Photo credit: GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay recreates Spanish UNESCO World Heritage Site in latest floral display

Open for the month of October, A Spanish Serenade with Sunflowers features Spanish ceramic works and Flamenco dance performances.

Nnurul Shakinah

Published: 5 October 2022, 4:47 PM

Get a glimpse of Spain’s rich history and architecture at Gardens by the Bay’s newest floral display, A Spanish Serenade with Sunflowers.

Open from Oct 1 to 30 at the Flower Dome, the Spanish-themed display is the first collaboration between the Gardens by the Bay and the Embassy of Spain in Singapore and the Spain Tourism Board.

The display features a picturesque recreation of the renowned Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) of Spain’s Real Alcázar of Seville. This is one of the oldest royal palaces in Europe and was also identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Apart from the recreation of the palace, visitors can experience an interpretation of the iconic patio houses of the Andalusian city of Córdoba, which is known for its Fiesta de los Patios (Fiesta of the Patios). 

This annual festival happens for 12 days in the beginning of May as the residents of Córdoba decorate their patios with fountains and flowers as they vie for the title of Most Beautiful Courtyard.


An interpretation of the iconic patio houses of Córdoba during Fiesta de los Patios. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Ceramic pieces made by Cerámica Los Arrayanes, one of the oldest pottery workshops in Granada, will be on display at the Flower Dome. These works are heavily influenced by Christian, Muslim and Arabic design influences and include motifs of flowers, birds and plants. 

There will also be a recreation of the Pablo Picasso statue in the Mediterranean Garden, and well-known Spanish flowers such as sunflowers, pelargoniums, petunias, roses and camellias. 


Sunflowers are a significant part of Spanish culture. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Visitors can also learn all about how olive oil has a massive influence on Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine at the Flower Dome’s olive grove that has been transformed into an Olive Museum. 


The Olive Museum educates visitors on the history of olive oil. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


There will be live dance and music performances on two dates in October. A Spanish musical group will perform for An Evening with Duo Belcorde held on Oct 14 at 7pm at the Supertree Grove, while Flamenco Sin Fronteras will showcase the Spanish dance form on Oct 23 at the Flower Field Hall at 2pm and 4pm.

The Spain Tourism Board is also giving away a LOEWE luxury pouch from El Corte Ingles and dining vouchers from Spanish restaurant Tapas Club. Participants will need to upload an #OOTD taken at A Spanish Serenade with Sunflowers between Oct 1 to 30 to take part in the social media contest.

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