7 Parks in Barcelona Perfect for a Day in the Spanish Sun
Barcelona, Spain, is known for quite a lot of selling points. The city’s architecture is some of the most famous and unique in the world, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it has a nearly perfect year-round Mediterranean climate — which lends itself to fantastic food and wine. And Barcelona’s famous streets and plazas are some of the liveliest in Europe.
So when you’re in the city, why not take advantage of that fantastic weather by visiting some of the best parks in Barcelona and the surrounding area? There are fantastic parks in Barcelona accessible by the city’s Metro system and plenty of lovely natural areas just a quick train ride away from the city. These are the seven best parks, outdoor spaces, and natural reserves you need to visit in Barcelona, Spain.
The best parks in Barcelona
Most of the parks in Barcelona fit the mold of what most Americans would consider a park: large green spaces with plenty of areas for picnicking, walking, or just enjoying the nice weather.
However, Montserrat Natural Park is more like what in the US would be considered a national park, and some of the largest parks below (like Parc Montjuïc) have attractions within them that require paid tickets. Use the recommendations below as a jumping-off point for planning your Barcelona trip, but remember to check the park websites in advance for details on tickets, opening hours, and more.
If you see an article talking about the best parks in Barcelona that doesn’t mention Parc Güell, know that the list cannot be trusted. Parc Güell is one of the most beautiful parks in all of Europe thanks not just to a prime location overlooking the Mediterranean, but because so many of the park’s buildings, structures, walkways, and bridges were designed by the most famous architect in all of Spain: Antoni Gaudí.
The park is on the city’s Carmel Hill with breathtaking views of Barcelona, and while it’s a steep walk to reach the park, there are a few escalators in the toughest sections.
There’s so much to do in the park that you’ll want to plan at least a half day there. Aside from walking through the fabulous grounds — don’t miss the famous Gaudí dragons or the blue-and-white towers near the entrance gate — you’ll probably want to visit a few other attractions, too. Aside from the 10 Euro fee to enter the park or 22 Euro fee for a guided tour (which you should buy in advance online), you’ll have to pay extra to enter the Gaudí House Museum; it’s extremely worth it.
Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella is one of Barcelona’s most beloved parks. Geographically in the heart of the city, its 19th-century gardens and sculptures provide a serene setting for locals and tourists alike to enjoy its diverse flora and fauna. This lovely park makes it easy to take a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of city life, with its wide range of attractions that appeal to all ages. The 70-acre outdoor space has several gardens, including a tropical greenhouse, and don’t miss out on the occasional concerts in the “Hivernacle” (the winter garden).
The park is dominated by the Art Nouveau-style Castell dels Tres Dragons, built for the 1888 World’s Fair. There’s also a modern art museum inside the Parliament building. The park is huge and lush, and it’s unusual to walk by on a summer afternoon and not see locals and tourists alike relaxing in the sun or having picnics on the large lawns. The park is totally free to visit, but attractions like boat rides on the lake and the art museum have a separate charge.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
Parc del Laberint d’Horta is one of the city’s most celebrated attractions in the Horta-Guinardó district of Barcelona. Originally built in 1791 as an Italian-style garden, it’s now an impressive outdoor space filled with lush greenery, exotic plants and trees, and two towering ancient sculptures.
The highlight of the 42-acre park is the giant Labyrinth of Loners, a large hedge maze where a large statue of Eros greets visitors who find their way to the center. Other interesting features that make this one of the best parks in Barcelona include a romantic fountain surrounded by four columns, an artificial lake with swans and ducks, and several gorgeous gardens ranging from French landscaping to Japanese stone gardens.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta isn’t free, but it’s hardly expensive. It’s only about 2.5 Euro (about $3 US) for adults, and you don’t need to make reservations in advance. It also hosts free admission days fairly often, which you can find listed on the park website. The closest Barcelona Metro stop is Mundet, on the L3 line.
Parc de Montjuïc
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Parc de Montjuïc is a wonderful urban park located on the Montjuïc hill in the city of Barcelona. It offers stunning views of the city and surrounding landscapes and is known for its huge array of attractions and things to see — the botanical garden alone has 5,000 species of plants from around the world, plus orchid gardens and a butterfly house.
Also in Parc de Montjuïc is an open-air theater that hosts performances throughout the year, including musicals, operas, and dance. The theater features a terrace with incredible views of the city and seats up to 1,000 visitors per performance. There are a variety of shows throughout the season, and every evening features an impressive lighting display on the castle’s walls.
And speaking of castles: this park in Barcelona is named for Montjuïc castle, a military fort dating to 1640. Also nearby is the famous modern art pavilion by celebrity architect Mies van der Rohe, designed for the 1888 World’s Fair. Also make time to check out the Catalan Museum of Archaeology, with exhibits dating to prehistoric times, and the Magic Fountain and Olympic Stadium.
As you may be able to guess, Parc de Montjuïc is huge — be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Parc de la Barceloneta
If you want to hit the beach while in the city (which you should, if you visit outside of winter), head to Parc de la Barceloneta. It’s one of the best parks in Barcelona for easy access (you can walk there from the famous La Rambla. The park is 37 acres and is your standard warm-weather beach park. It has jogging and running baths, beach volleyball courts, and green space for picnics or enjoying a morning coffee.
However, as you may guess, the main draw is Barceloneta Beach. The roomy beach has a protected swimming area, changing rooms, showers, restrooms, lifeguards, and even Wi-Fi. You can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas. Just behind the beach, you’ll find all manner of food vendors, ranging from ice cream to coffee. And just across the street are great restaurants, like Restaurant Salamanca (delicious seafood), Ca La Nuri Restaurant (Mediterranean), and Taverna Ibèria Barceloneta (tapas).
Fortunately, you can also walk to other beaches from here like Playa Mar or Somorrostro Beach, in case the first one you get to feels too crowded.
Montserrat Natural Park
Montserrat Natural Park is a stunning area about an hour outside the city. It’s easy to reach via public transportation, or you can hire a car in the city. The park is most known for the famous Benedictine Monastery, but the entire protected area covers 13,950 acres, encompassing the entire Montserrat Mountain range. Most tours from the city include a visit to the Monastery (accessed via cable car) plus one or two area wine tastings. However, there’s no fee to visit the Monastery or the reserve in general (however, the cable car is 8 Euro).
However, Montserrat Nature Park is one of the best parks in Barcelona to visit when you feel like stretching your legs, as the park’s Sant Jeroni hike leads to the highest point in the entire mountain range. The hike is a 5.8-mile loop that gains just under 2,000 feet of elevation, so it’s fairly steep. If that feels too aggressive, consider instead the Cruz Sant Miquel hike (1.4 miles, 675 foot gain), and if it feels too easy, choose the steeper Aeri de Montserrat trail (4.2 miles, 2,200 foot gain).
If you have any interest at all in art, be sure to go inside the Montserrat Monastery Museum, which has works by the most famous artist in the world, such as El Greco, Salvador Dalí, and Claude Monet.
Parc del Clot
Parc del Clot is one of the more modern parks in Barcelona. The park is just under 10 acres in size and was built on the remains of an old workshop facility, giving it more 19th and 20th-century vibes. Within it is an old aqueduct and an old artillery tower (El Turó de la Rovira), which has great views over the city (and is totally free to enter).
This park is in the Sant Martí district, not too far from the very famous La Sagrada Familia. It’s a popular spot for events, especially in the summer, when it hosts farmer’s markets and public concerts. The park also has a few well-known sculptures, such as “Rites of Spring,” and a raised walkway with good city views. The closest Metro stop is Alfons X, though it’s still a 20-minute walk uphill to reach the park.
Where to stay in Barcelona
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There are many good hotels in Barcelona, ranging from trendy to classic to budget. Because the city has such a good transportation system, it doesn’t really matter what part of the city you stay in. There are also plenty of great Airbnbs in Barcelona, too.
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Hotel Arts Barcelona: near the beach
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The beachfront hotel is near the city’s Olympic Village and offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city skyline. It has high-end, gourmet dining options at its two Michelin-star restaurants, plus an outdoor spa on the roof and two pools overlooking both the ocean and lush Spanish gardens. Rooms start around $270 in the off season.
The W Barcelona: close to the famous La Rambla
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Also near the beach, this stylish hotel has a rooftop pool with views of the city. It’s one of the most chic places to stay and is walkable to La Rambla, but is about 20 minutes on foot from the Metro. The W is one of the most recognizable buildings in Barcelona and arguably the most high-end hotel in the area.
The Barcelona EDITION: near the historical center of the city
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This hotel has one of the best locations in town, in the hip El Born neighborhood, which also happens to be very near the medieval part of town. This hotel combines modern design with historical architecture and is well-loved by trend travelers. Expect to pay at least 300 Euro a night.
The Cotton House Hotel: historical vibes in a walkable area
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This hotel mixes modern vibes with its given surrounds: it’s housed in a restored 19th-century palace. it’s a boutique hotel with a conservatory, large rooms, and a great location next to a Metro station. It’s similarly priced to the EDITION. Interestingly, the hotel pays homage to its history by offering a unique bespoke tailoring package: stay there, and you can have a custom shirt made by the hotel’s skillful tailors.
The Generator Hostel: budget-friendly social scene
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The Generator line of hostels are known for being some of the most popular in the world and are a great place to stay if you’re a solo traveler, remote worker, or anyone looking for a hotel with plenty of social space and a high chance of meeting like-minded travelers. This one has private rooms and bathrooms (if you want) and offers organized activities, like bike tours that go past some of the best parks in Barcelona. Rooms are pricey for a hostel, but they still start under $100 a night.
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TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL PARKS IN BARCELONA
- 1 IDEAL PARKS FOR CHILDREN IN BARCELONA
- 1.1 Park Güell
- 1.2 Parque de Cervantes
- 1.3 Parque de la Ciutadella
- 1.4 Parque de la Creueta del Coll
- 1.5 Parc del Centre de Poblenou
- 2 THE MOST ROMANTIC PARKS IN BARCELONA
- 2. 1 Horta labyrinth
- 2.2 Jardines de Can Sentmenat
- 2.3 Jardines del Grec
- 2.4 Jardines de la Tamarita
- 2.5 Botanical Garden of Montjuïc
- 3 BONUS
The arrival of spring invites you to discover how nature blooms again in the parks and gardens of the city, right? The truth is that Barcelona has many areas in which plants continue to predominate, from gardens that seem enchanted to outdoor play areas for the little ones. Precisely because there are so many, in Lugaris we want to highlight some to create a list of top 10 most beautiful parks in Barcelona, so you can decide between all corners and find some hidden gems that you may not have heard of before.
IDEAL PARKS FOR CHILDREN IN BARCELONA
Taking advantage of the good weather is always a good idea if you visit Barcelona with children, and even more so considering that the city has a wide network of public parks in which the kids can have a great time thanks to the facilities you will find there. Choose from our selection of the best parks described below:
Letting your children’s imagination run wild while they learn about one of the most important architectural movements in the city is possible at Park Güell, one of the most renowned pieces of Gaudí art in Barcelona. In addition to the main area, for which you must pay an entrance fee, the facilities of the park go far beyond the most well-known monuments and offer a network of charming paths and corners where children can run and play at their own pace while discovering the work of the architect from Reus. Stroll along the palm tree promenade, walk over the three bridges that connect the different areas and allow the children to play hide and seek through the network of stairs that you will find along the way.
Where is it located? Access the park for free through the door on the right of the main entrance on Olot Street.
Parque de Cervantes
This public park was inaugurated in the middle of the last century and is the ideal place to have a picnic with children without having to leave Barcelona. These gardens, superbly equipped for all types of visitors, stand out for their magnificent collection of rose gardens, which perfume the place in a truly amazing way. The pergolas located in it allow you to find shaded areas during most of the day, and your children will have a great time playing in the play area and the ping-pong tables that the gardens have.
Where is it located? Next to 706 Diagonal Avenue, right in front of the Zona Universitària metro stop.
Parque de la Ciutadella
If you are looking for fun things to do in Barcelona, without a doubt the Ciutadella Park has all the features to become your favourite place. It is in the heart of Barcelona, which was formerly the Ribera neighbourhood, destroyed by the Bourbon troops. Once the military citadel that replaced it was demolished, the park has housed many other venues, such as an amusement park or a zoo. Nowadays, you can walk along its different areas, which are ideal to stretch out on the lawn or enjoy the activities that are organized daily, as it is one of the liveliest parks in Barcelona too. In addition to admiring the impressive mammoth that you will find next to the waterfall fountain, children will have the opportunity to row on a small boat in the lake or play with the swings in the playground area.
Where is it located? At the end of passeig de Lluís Companys, between the neighbourhoods of Born and Poblenou.
Parque de la Creueta del Coll
If in addition to looking for a public children’s park in Barcelona you also want a place to cool off, the Parc de la Creueta del Coll is ideal. In the large square that welcomes visitors there are many play area features with which they will have fun. One of the great attractions of the Creueta del Coll is the large lake that becomes one of the outdoor swimming pools in Barcelona during summer, so you can take advantage of the opportunity to take a dip. In addition, over it hangs the sculpture Elogio del agua by Eduardo Chillida. From this point you can also start one of the cycling routes in Barcelona. Want to go for a spin?
Where is it located? The entrance is on Castellterçol Street, in front of the El Coll metro stop.
Parc del Centre de Poblenou
If you are looking for a playground near our sea view apartments in Barcelona, this is the best option. The personal brand of Jean Nouvel, creator of the emblematic Torre Agbar, is reflected again in this park in the neighbourhood of Poblenou, this time with the help of Gaudí’s inspiration. This park is perfect for children to discover each of its corners, travel the well of the world or hide in the cabins that are distributed in the area.
Where is it located? 130 Diagonal Avenue, next to the Pere IV or Fluvià tram stop.
THE MOST ROMANTIC PARKS IN BARCELONA
Have you come to visit Barcelona without children? Are you looking forward to finding the most romantic corners of the city? Here you have some of the most beautiful parks in Barcelona to visit as a couple.
One of the best-known places is this beautiful park located in Vall d’Hebron, famous for its labyrinth and for having been one of the locations of films shot in Barcelona. If this fun-fact does not spark your partner’s interest, we recommend that you take them for a walk around some less visited areas (the labyrinth is the most frequented), like the Romantic Garden or the Danae pavilion.
How to get there: you can get there by subway, getting off at the Mundet stop as well as at Valldaura. The park is located just above the Marià Cañada Lacasa Gardens, in Germans Desvalls Street. If you want to spend more time in this undiscovered neighborhood, take a look at our post on what to do in Horta, Barcelona.
Jardines de Can Sentmenat
One of the hidden gems of Barcelona, this park in Sarrià is crowned by a neo-Gothic palace from the late seventeenth century. The low affluence in this park will allow you to walk quietly among the statues that represent the different lineages of the Sentmenat family and look for the palm trees’ shy shadows that make up this classic French style garden.
How to get there: The Can Sentmenat gardens can be found at 16-18 Can Caralleu Street, about 17 minutes’ walk from the railway station of Reina Elisenda.
Jardines del Grec
If you are familiar with Barcelona already you will know that the gardens of El Grec are one of the least known of the mountain of Montjuïc but are also the most special. After visiting the amphitheatre, you can walk through the geometric beds that draw the flora planted there and smell the unforgettable perfume of roses. Finish the tour listening to the water fall through the Font del Gat for a completely round date.
How to get there: You can go up the stairs that are in the passeig de Santa Madrona, 38, in the neighbourhood of Poble-sec.
Jardines de la Tamarita
A quiet place sheltered from the urban jungle, the gardens of La Tamarita stand out as one of the most romantic places in Barcelona. Although the estate was built in the eighteenth century, it was at the beginning of the twentieth when the owner ordered the creation of this wonderful garden, which consists of two marked areas. Discover the fountains that are scattered around with your partner, the forest area or the neoclassical statues that you will find during the walk.
How to get there: Passeig de Sant Gervasi 47-49, just in front of the Tibidabo Avenue subway exit.
Botanical Garden of Montjuïc
Another of the most beautiful parks in Barcelona that is located in Montjuïc is the Botanical Garden: a vast area, that is perfect for reflection. This space is divided into 8 zones that aim to represent the Mediterranean ecosystem and its great diversity. Built in the 90s, this large space has become a benchmark for the conservation and sustainable development of parks.
How to get there: it is located between the castle and the Montjuïc stadium, specifically on Doctor i Font Quer Street.
Now that you know more about the most beautiful parks in Barcelona, we also want to offer you a couple of less popular alternatives, but none the less attractive. The first is the Castell de la Oreneta park, where children will have a great time riding a mini train. Another option, aimed for couples, is the Palau de les Heures, a rather unknown place on the Collserola mountain where you can stroll through its romantic garden.
And if you want to add one to our list of most beautiful parks in Barcelona or want to comment on your experience if you have visited them, do not hesitate to leave your recommendations.
Barcelona parks: best and least known places
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- 2 Ciutadella Park
- 3 Montjuic Parks
- 4 Orta Labyrinth
- 5 Miró Park
- 0 Industrial Spain
The Catalan capital is one of the greenest cities in Europe. The oases of the city with a total area of more than 1300 hectares are a great place for walks and picnics, especially on hot summer days. In most of them, breathing is free. There are no large crowds of people, the air is clean and fresh. Below are some of the best parks in Barcelona.
Spain’s famous 15-hectare urban park in the Gràcia quarter is one of Barcelona’s top attractions. Its history began in 1900, when Antonio Gaudí was commissioned by the Guell noble family to design a green residential area in the British style. The result was a large recreation area for the townspeople, immersed in greenery. Only 3 houses were built. Two of them were sold, and a Catalan architect settled in the third.
The project took 14 years to complete. Since 1984, Park Güell has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Gaudí designed pergolas that seem to grow out of stone, walkways harmoniously integrated into the landscape, an entrance with unusually shaped gatehouses, a fence, a colonnade, a double staircase with a mosaic salamander (also called a dragon) and a large medallion with the flag of Catalonia.
The architect Jousepe Maria Jujol designed a long undulating bench decorated with colorful mosaics. It forms a balustrade around the platform, which offers a beautiful view of Barcelona. The Gaudí House Museum (Spanish: Casa Museu Gaudí), where the architect spent 20 years, acquaints visitors with the life and creative methods of his work. You don’t need a separate ticket to get there.
If you live close to Barcelona, be aware that Parque Güell is a bit away from other attractions. To get to the park, you need to take the metro (L3) to the Lesseps or Vallcarca station and walk for 15 minutes.
Ciutadella Park (Cutadella)
The largest and most popular park in Barcelona, located in the El Born quarter, a 15-minute walk from the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). It is an oasis of calm in the middle of a business city, with lots of greenery, paths and playgrounds for children.
On an area of 30 hectares – a monumental fountain with pegasi and snake tails, museums, a zoo, a pond and a romantic garden in the English style, surrounded by two boulevards. Jean Forestier, a French expert in landscape architecture, and architects Josep Fonsere, Josep Amargosa and Josep Vilaseka, had a hand in the creation of the park. Part of the various fountains was invented by the then little-known Antonio Gaudi.
Citadel Park, founded in 1888, was chosen as the site of the World’s Fair. Its name is reminiscent of the star-shaped fort built in 1715 by Prosper Furbum for the army of King Philip V. Under Napoleon, the citadel was used as a prison. At the end of the 19th century, the fort was destroyed.
There is a triumphal arch at the old entrance. Not far away is the new entrance, built of Mudéjar bricks. It is decorated with the emblem of craft, industry and trade. On the left side of the entrance – a statue of the Roman God of “messages”, on the right – Venus with Cupid on his shoulder.
Other Attractions Ciutadella:
- Catalan Modernist Palm Conservatory;
- huge mammoth figurine;
- music pavilion;
- Museum of Zoology in the Castle of the Three Dragons;
- Parliament building of Catalonia;
- triumphal arch with fountain and waterfall.
Close to the park are Arc de Triomf (line 1) and Ciutadella-Villa Olimpica (line 4) metro stations.
Parks of Montjuic
Green Montjuic (213 m) in Sants-Montjuic is the most famous mountain in Barcelona. For the World Exhibition of 1929, a botanical garden was laid out on its slopes, palaces, pavilions, parks, stadiums, and exhibition premises were built. Some of these buildings have survived to this day. At 19In 1992, old stadiums were repaired and new ones were built for the Olympic Games.
Guests who get off at the Espanya train station start their walk from the Plaza de España with towers and a fountain that forms the entrance gate. The fountain on Montjuic glows with multi-colored lights in the evening. On weekends, a magical water organ plays. From here you have a view of Reina Maria Cristina Avenue and the escalator to the mountain, on which sits the National Art Museum of Catalonia. On the cable car you can go upstairs to the fortress, built in 1640.
- the Joan Miro Foundation, which exhibits paintings, wall hangings and sculptures by the painter Miro;
- Spanish village;
- Olympic Museum;
- pavilion Ludwig Mies van der Rohe;
- art gallery and cultural center CaixaForum.
You can take the subway to Espanya station (line 1 or 3) or bus number 13 or 50.
A neoclassical historical park, laid out in the Orto Guinardo area at the end of the 20th century, owes its name to the original green labyrinth. This oasis of calm is located in a peaceful area and is very popular with families with children. The number of visitors is limited to 750 people per day, but this never happens here.
The labyrinth with cypresses and the statue of Eros in the center was built in 1792 by the Italian architect Domenico Bagutti. Then the park with an area of 9 hectares belonged to a wealthy family who lived in the palace nearby. It was located on the territory of the independent community of Horta de Sant Joan, which became part of the Catalan capital in 1904. In the early 1970s, the Horta Labyrinth was opened to the public.
There are 2 gardens on the plot, made in neoclassical and romantic styles. Along with the famous labyrinth, guests can expect a waterfall, a moss garden, 2 Italian-style temples with figures of Danae and Artemis, as well as magnificent Tuscan columns.
You can take the metro to the Mundet station (line 3) and walk along the Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron towards the Horta Velodrome. It takes about 5 minutes to walk uphill.
Destroyed on the territory of a former slaughterhouse and named after the famous artist. In its southwestern part, on a small island in the middle of the pool, there is an abstract sculpture “Woman and a Bird”, 22 m high. Miro made it in 1982, a year before his death. Another 30 smaller creations of the Catalan are scattered throughout the park. In the northernmost part there are many shady areas under palm trees, pine trees and eucalyptus trees. This is a calm place where even on hot summer days a light cool breeze blows.
Espanya (line 1) or Tarragona (line 3) metro stations are nearby. Miro’s address: Carrer d’Aragó, 2.
In the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, you can see a shipping channel, a giant sculpture-hill of a dragon, lawns, luxurious Mediterranean trees, sports grounds. This is an excellent relaxing place for a family picnic. The land on which the park now stands belonged to the La España Industrial textile factory until the 20th century.
In 1985, the park, designed by the Basque architect Luis Peña Ganchegui, opened to the public. After 2 years, a huge metal dragon appeared, 32 m wide and 12 m high, created by the sculptor Andre Nagel.
To get to the park, take the metro and get off at Mundet station (line 3). Address: Passeig Castanyers 1.
The most interesting parks in Barcelona: descriptions, cost of visiting, photos
If you have already completed the main part of the excursion program and are looking for places where you can still take a walk, then you should definitely dedicate time to walking through the parks of Barcelona. Here you can relax after a busy excursion, admire nature, hide from the heat, play badminton and frisbee, have a picnic, feel like a local resident and see this wonderful city from a new perspective.
By the way, there were no parks in Barcelona in the 19th century. The land around the city belonged to wealthy landowners and served to grow crops, which they successfully traded. The first park appeared in 1872 and became and was called Ciutadella. Following him, other small parks began to appear, where you could take a walk in hot weather. Modern parks with interesting designs and technological solutions were opened for the 1992 Olympics, after the Olympic Village appeared on the site of the industrial zone.
There are 4 types of parks in Barcelona: natural, historical, thematic and urban. But among them are those that are of the greatest interest to tourists.
Once a wealthy industrialist, Eusebi Güell, bought the land for the park, and Antoni Gaudí himself was involved in the design and construction. Construction began in 1901 and lasted over 15 years. This is one of the most unusual parks in the world: there are multi-colored mosaic animals, and winding benches, and the famous gingerbread houses with ventilation pipes that look like red fly agarics (one of them houses the administration, the other is for the local gatekeeper).
From the lower observation deck you can see the whole of Barcelona, and you can climb even higher along the numerous paths. In the summer, along the paths, musicians play the violin or perform ethnic tunes.
- Admission fee: 7 euros
- Official website: http://www. parkguell.cat/en/
Ciutadella Park (Cutadella)
Not far from Barceloneta and a strip of beaches, there is the lush Ciutadella Park, whose history dates back to the 18th century, when a fortress was erected here at the direction of Philip the Fifth for the opponents of the king.
The most beautiful part of the park is the huge Cascade Fountain with two wide staircases on the sides, which goes into the lake. The main statue of Venus on the shell is surrounded by sea creatures, and on top is a bronze sculpture of Aurora driving a chariot.
Curious tourists will have something to do: a zoo, the Castle of the Three Dragons, the seat of the Parliament, many fountains and a greenhouse are waiting for visitors in the park and in the vicinity. Here you can go boating and cycling, and many locals play frisbee.
Joan Miro Park
Joan Miro Park, opened in May 1983, is located at the foot of Montjuic, a two-level park. Just at that time, many industrial areas were given over to development and new park areas. What is interesting about this park? There are unusual multi-colored architectural structures, gazebos, paths and landscaped areas. Of particular interest is the surrealistic sculpture “Woman and Bird”, made of multi-colored tiles.
If you go to the park in the evening, don’t forget to visit the nearby singing fountains afterwards.
Departure closer to Montjuic. On its slopes there is a botanical garden in the form of an amphitheater with an area of more than fourteen hectares, which opened in 1999. The flora of various geographical regions is collected here, you can even find plants from Chile and South Africa: succulents, echinopsis and beautiful exotic flowers. There are over 200 bonsai items in the collection.
There are eight thematic zones and more than 80 plots in the garden. In the lower part there is a small lake with artificial waterfalls and streams.
Mount Montjuic is a big garden in itself and you can spend a whole day here.
Tibidabo Mountain Park
Tibidabo is primarily an amusement park. This type of holiday is perfect for families with children to diversify the beach pastime. And, of course, tourists come here for a beautiful panorama, where Barcelona is visible at a glance.
You can climb the mountain by funicular, but you can go down the paths in the parks, as it is laid through the mountain forest. At the top is the beautiful Temple de Sagrat Cor, built in neo-Gothic style. Tibidabo is perhaps one of the best places to have a picnic with breathtaking views from the top of the mountain and the observation decks of Barcelona.
Gardens del Palau de Pedralbes
The park is located next to the Royal Palace of Pebralbes. The palace was presented to King Eusebi Güell as a thank you for giving him a privileged title. The gardens are full of statues and sculptures, some of which are the creations of Gaudí himself.