The Huerta de Calixto y Melibea is a lovely little garden on the walls of Salamanca, round the corner from the cathedrals.
A brief history of Huerta de Calixto y Melibea
The garden is only 2,500 square metres or 0.6 acres and is on the old town walls. It dates from 1981 and it ‘was inspired by the famous garden of the tragicomedy of Fernando de Rojas, the Tragicomedia of Calisto and Melibea (published in the year 1502)’.1 La Celestina is a character in the play.
Wandering in the garden
There is a wide variety of plants and trees in the garden, includingn 80-year old mulberry tree, a Canary palm tree, a cordyline, and plumbago which was donated by a citizen of Granada because the garden reminded him of his home town.
Flowers in the garden
We visited in October and these lovely flowers were looking good. I have also seen photographs of spring bulbs – this garden seems to be very attractive all year round.
Fruit in the garden
There is a mulbery tree and a walnut tree and I found a pomegranate and the quinces.
Views from the garden
There are views in all directions. Looking up the hill you can see the Monastery of San Esteban; the walls are high and looking downwards you see the main road round the town and look towards the River Tormes; and if you look upwards towards the town there is are the Cathedrals.
The Huerta de Calixto y Melibea in Salamanca is pure delight and I loved dropping in during our stay – I enjoyed the softness after all the stone in the town.