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12 Absolute Best Parks and Gardens in Barcelona

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Discover the city’s prettiest (and most tranquil) green spaces with our guide to the best parks and gardens in Barcelona


Parks in Barcelona, you ask? Where? Right here is a good place to start to find your new favourite inner-city retreat. Barcelona is a buzzing place, and you’re going to spend most of your time exploring its very many sights and attractions, eating at incredible restaurants, drinking in its bars, and maybe even squeezing in some much-needed downtime at one of its many beaches. But when you’re pining for the sight of some greenery, a bit of a picnic, some rowing or even a whizz round a maze, you might fancy a trip around one of the best parks and gardens in Barcelona. There’s a surprising wealth of opportunity to embrace the great outdoors here – read on to find out how.

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Best parks and gardens in Barcelona

1. Ciutadella Park

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  • Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

What is it? At over 17 hectares, Ciutadella (which means ‘citadel’ in Catalan, by the way, giving you a hint as to its history) is the biggest park in Barcelona. Think of it as the city’s central park. 

Why go? It’s where the Barcelona Zoo is, but if that’s not your thing, you can rent a boat to row on the lake, take a walk or jog around the plentiful paths, spot the woolly mammoth or admire the massive fountain that a young Antoni Gaudí had a hand in creating. Maybe you’ll come across a group of swing dancers or circus performers, or even a local fair or festival. Or just spread out a blanket for a picnic or a siesta and feel the city all around you.

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2. The Horta Labyrinth Park

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  • Horta – Guinardó

What is it? This uptown park boasts scenic gardens set around a cypress maze designed by Italian architect Domenico Bagutti in 1791. 

Why go? Go for the labyrinth that gives the park its name (don’t worry, it’s not a twin of the one in ‘The Shining’). Stay for the lovely ponds, stream and waterfall, footbridges and paths, and plenty of amazing trees that just invite you to take a few calming deep breaths.

Tip: There is a small fee to enter this public park, but if you’d rather not spend the couple of euros, go on Sunday or Wednesday when it’s free in.

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 Park Güell

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  • El Coll

What is it? One of Antoni Gaudi’s most popular masterpieces. Built between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell covers over 17 hectares, making it one of the biggest architectural works in southern Europe. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Why go? The ‘monumental zone’ is the biggest draw. In an effort to keep ever-growing crowds to a manageable size, a fee has been charged to visitors since 2013 to get into these areas, where you can see the main works by Gaudí. That said, it’s free to go in and walk around in the natural areas, where you could still spend a happy couple of hours, and you can also get a glimpse of some of the architect’s works, as well as enjoy breathtaking views of Barcelona from the mountains to the Mediterranean. The park also boasts a Gaudí house/museum, which charges yet another entrance fee.

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 Doctor Pla i Armengol Gardens

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  • Horta – Guinardó

What is it? These gardens that cover some four hectares reopened in December 2019 after being closed for decades. There are spaces for kids to play and joggers to jog, but the main focus is on biodiversity, with plants and pools designed to help living things thrive, be they insects, frogs, turtles, birds or bats.

Why go? You can really take a breather at the Doctor Pla i Armengol Gardens, where dogs aren’t allowed, but nearly every other kind of wildlife is. Admire the Mas Ravetllat noucentista building and the museum it now houses, take in views that extend over the city and to the sea, spot the variety of veg growing in the urban garden. And in the warmer months, right next door you’ve got a public swimming pool where you can cool off.

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 Aigües Park

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  • Horta – Guinardó

What is it? Not far from the Doctor Pla i Armengol Gardens, in case you’re on a tour of city parks, is the Parc de les Aigües. Though its name means ‘Park of Waters’, there’s really not much to be found. There are, however, several terraces separated by paths and stone walls, an outdoor handball court, picnic tables, and three different areas with playgrounds for children to have a blast.

Why go? Get a break from the busy motorway just outside the Alfons X metro stop by ducking in to this pleasant park on your way up or down from the more bustling Park Güell. And definitely stop in during summer, when Aigües is always a participant in the Jazz in the Parks concert series.  

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6. Cervantes Park

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  • Pedralbes

What is it? Up in the less-travelled district of Les Corts, conveniently metro-adjacent, stands this magnificent sprawling green space with slopes that add to its beauty. If you’re in the mood for some moving around, Cervantes is ideal for walkers and athletes for its wide paths and its sunny and shady spots.

Why go? You will definitely not want to miss the rose garden. That means you’re in luck if you’re in town from early spring through to the start of autumn, when some 10,000 roses are in bloom. If that’s what you’re into, make sure you’re in town in early May for Barcelona’s annual International New Rose Competition.

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7. Laribal Gardens

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  • Sants – Montjuïc

What is it? Montjuïc is full of parks and gardens, and attractions such as the Greek Theatre, the Joan Miró museum, the MNAC, and so much more, and still we say the Laribal Gardens are definitely one of the seaside mountain’s gems. These lovely gardens were designed by Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier and Nicolau Maria Rubió for 1929 Universal Exposition in 1929.

Why go? To feel like you’re in the tranquil gardens of a Tuscan home. To appreciate the lush greenery, calming sounds of water features, the sculptures, trees and aromatic plants. Take the time to seek out Barcelona’s first-ever public rose garden.

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8. Turó de la Peira Park

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  • El Turó de la Peira

What is it? This park up in the Nou Barris neighbourhood features paths that are laid out to take you up to the 140-metre heights to admire all you see below you. There are picnic areas, open spaces to kick or throw a ball around and children’s playgrounds. There are also designated areas for bocce ball, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and football. 

Why go? It’s strategically placed on a hill from which you’ll be able to find a scenic overlook of Barcelona’s northwestern neighbourhoods. If you’re dying to take a picture of the city skyline while getting a bit away from the centre of town, this is your destination.

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9. Tamarita Gardens

What is it? These beautiful gardens surround an impressive architectural construction from the early 1900s. Full of decorative elements, Jardins de la Tamarita will tempt you to walk around and enjoy the fountains, small ponds and the many ideal spots for reading, writing in your travel journal or simply taking a break for a little while.

Why go? Not only will you be able to relax, you’ll also travel back in time to when the Catalan middle classes built homes out of mansions in this part of the city, and surrounded them with gardens created to impress.

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10. Poblenou Central Park

What is it? A green space over five hectares that’s packed with native Mediterranean vegetation everywhere you look. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the park boasts a prominent avant-garde style.

Why go? It’s a beautifully designed space where all plants and objects have a practical function as well as serving to beautify the park. Be sure to notice the vertical plants and the light features. There are also plenty of playgrounds for kids, as well as ping-pong tables (you have to bring your own bats and balls).


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11. Historic Botanical Gardens

What is it? More of our favourite gardens among the many on Montjuic, the Historic Botanical Gardens feature trees so tall they don’t let the sun shine through, something you might not know you’d appreciate until the temps start skyrocketing.

Why go? One of the few gardens in Barcelona modelled on a typical English garden, here you won’t want to miss gazing at the massive ash tree that’s more than 700 years old to contemplate your place in the universe. Also, right next to the garden you can spot a traditional Catalan cottage and vegetable fields with local produce. 

12. Palau de les Heures Gardens

What is it? The gardens surrounding a French-style ‘chateau’ known as Palau de les Heures (Ivy Palace) thanks to the creeping ivy all around. These gardens, not far from the better-known Labyrinth Park, are divided into three terraces where plants grow in perfect symmetry. The palace itself today forms part of the University of Barcelona network.

Why go? For their amazing palm trees, magnolias, cedars, oaks and orange trees, these expansive gardens a bit further afield from the centre of town are a real spectacle for the senses. 

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Beaches, mountains, historic towns. .. from Sitges to Montserrat to Cadaqués, these day trips from Barcelona show it’s well worth leaving town while you’re here.

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    The Parc Güell in Barcelona, designed by Gaudí

    Park Güell is certainly one of the most famous sights of Barcelona. The with split ceramics decorated winding bank above the by Roman temples inspired market hall is world famous. Gaudí has created a fabulous forest with this park. Take a little time to be enchanted by the Park Güell.

    Highlights of the Park Güell Tour

    • World Heritage of UNESCO
    • Admission to the park and the Monumental Zone with salamander
    • Great view of the city
    • Guided tour in English and other languages

    Main entrance to Park Güell

    The landmark of the park is a friendly dragon, watching over the entrance of the market hall.

    You will encounter the dragon when you enter the park through the most beautiful entrance, the main entrance: Coming from the south side, walk from Carrer d’Olot between two turreted pavilions to a staircase. Here the friendly guardian of the park welcomes you. He is also decorated with broken pottery, the so-called Trencadis. The pavilions and the organic shape of the terrace clearly show the signature of Master Gaudí.

    From the staircase you get to a very unusual room. Consisting of 86 columns, it was originally thought of as a marketplace of the residential area – the original purpose of Park Güell.

    Market Hall and the Winding Bench

    The hall, with a forest of Roman-inspired columns, supports the main eye catcher, the large terrace. The allusion to Roman temple refers to a Roman road that led here.

    The columns worn by the terrace are bordered by a fraction ceramic excessive balustrade with a bench. This bench is world famous. Salvador Dalí called the bench once the precursor of surrealism.
    Colourful like children’s toys it winds in snake-lines, creating small niches and gives a splendid view over the city.

    The Green Spaces of Park Güell are Fabulous

    The park, high above the city, must have been a particular challenge for Gaudí. Here, he had the opportunity to create his natural art with nature itself. The result is a Mar Cheng species, influenced by tiny details. The actual green areas of Park Güell are carefully in the landscape integrated an full of a maze of trails, courses, walls and bridges.

    For the tour of the park you should bring a lot of time, because there are many details to discover.

    After walking the park we recommend visiting the Gaudí Museum in his former residence. The museum is about 200 metres eastern from the main entrance.

    History of Park Güell

    In 1885 Gaudí’s patron, the industrialist Eusebi Güell, acquired the terrain on a mountain ridge, with a fantastic view of Barcelona.

    In 1890 Güell instructed the architect Antoni Gaudí to build a garden city, in which nature and an equal housing should form a symbiosis. In addition to the Sagrada Familia, this was the largest project of Gaudí. Only two buildings of the 60 villas, the roads and the extensive park were finished. The park was opened in 1922.

    In 1929, the year of the second World Expo, the park was handed over to public. In 1963, the former residence of Gaudí was opened as a museum. In 1984, the park was included in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage.

    Gaudí created an enchanted forest with the park. Take some time to be enchanted by Park Güell and discover the many small details.

    How to get to Park Güell

    From March 2019, there will be a shuttle bus to the Park Güell, which will relieve the public transport and offer guests a comfortable journey.The shuttle bus starts at Plaça Alfons X and you can easily get to this place by taking the metro line L4 (yellow line).
    From March to October, the bus runs from 7:45 to 21:45 every 7 minutes. From November to February, the bus leaves every 9-10 minutes from 08:00 to 18:45. The “Bus Güell” stops at the upper entrance of the park on the Carrer Carmel. The bus is included in the ticket price.At Plaça Alfonso X. there is an information center for Park Güell.

    How to get to Park Güell by public transport

    We recommend the use of the “Bus Güell” to get to the park. This is much more efficient than the small district buses that drive past the park.

    With the metro L3 go to the station Lesseps. From there it’s about 10-15 minutes by foot. From the station walk along the main road Travessera de Dalt (Don’t follow the large signs) until you reach the street “Avinguda del Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya” on the left side of a road. Walk along this road all the war to the end, when you reach Carrer d’Ot. From there you can see the entrance already.
    On our map we have drawn the way for you.
    If you follow the large sign, you can reach Park Güell through a side entrance, an escalator takes you up the mountain for the last metres. You can leave the park at the main entrance and go back the way as described above.

    Information for the Admission to Park Guell

    About 95% of the park area is accessible free of charge, only the monumental zone isn’t. This zone covers the entrance area with the dragon, the curved bench and the market hall. Only 400 visitors are allowed here per half hour.

    Tickets are available at the box office or online. With the ticket you can go into the monumental zone in a certain period of time and then stay as long as you like. Please consider that you might have to wait to get a free time period if you buy the tickets at the box office. We therefore recommend to book online. The prices above are more favourable online prices.

    Why Park Güell is Worth Visiting

    Park Güell is certainly the most impressive park in Barcelona. The paths through the green areas are beautiful and can enchant you. Today it is incomprehensible that nobody wanted to live here 100 years ago.
    You can go for a long walk here, in the summer the park is nice and cool. From the park you have a great view of the city all the way to the sea. In the Monumental Zone you will find landmarks of Barcelona with the friendly dragon, the market hall and the winding bank. With Park Güell you will experience a fantastic park that is fun and in which you can discover a lot.

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          Montjuic Park is a lush green garden, wrapped in a network of ornate paths passing by interesting buildings, monuments, fountains, plants. Set on the slopes of the mountain of the same name, the park is famous for its variety of artistic, cultural, sports and tourist attractions.

          Mount Montjuic is located southwest of the Old Port (Port Vell) and rises above Barcelona to a height of 170 meters. The top offers stunning panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, which you can enjoy from the observation decks. The best way to get here is by cable car, from one of the two stations – at the foot of Montjuic or at the Old Port.

          Significant events have been repeatedly held on the territory of the park. So, for example, in 1929, the International Exhibition was held here, which became the impetus for the development of the park. Later, already 19In 1992, the Summer Olympic Games were held here, on the eve of which another large-scale reconstruction of the park area was carried out.

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          Relaxing way to spend a day or afternoon

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          Zhukovka, Russia37,662 publications cheat tourists for money, so watch out and in no case communicate with these outcasts and do not sign anything. Several cafes in the park, many trees and ducks swim in the pond. Complete idyll

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          It is worth visiting this Zoo!

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        • Irina Yu

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          Convenient location

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          Beautiful city park

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    Barcelona, ​​the capital of Catalonia, is the second most populated city after Madrid. It is the largest seaport in Spain. The metropolis is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. The local climate is subtropical.

    All this contributes to the lush prosperity of the flora in all its subtropical diversity. The Catalans throughout their history sought to improve their lands. This was reflected in the appearance of green oases on the territory of the city, intended for walks and recreation of citizens and tourists. The parks of Barcelona cover an area of ​​about 1,300 hectares. Here are the best ones.


    • 1 Parc Güell
    • 2 Parc Ciutadella
    • 3 Labyrinth of Horta
    • 4 Zoo
    • 5 Montjuic Park
    • 7 80007 Amusement Park 6 7 Olympic Park

    • 8 Diagonal Mar
    • 9 Industrial Spain Park
    • 10 Cervantes Park (Parc de Cervantes)
    • 11 Monterols Park
    • 12 Guinardo Park
    • 13 Creueta del Col
    • 14 Turo Park
    • 15 Nova Icaria Park0008
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    Park Güell

    Güell is the name of the Catalan Count Eusebi Güell, who had been friends with the famous designer and architect Antonio Gaudí for many years. The beginning of this relationship was the showcase of a glove shop, created by the artist for the World Exhibition in Paris. Admiring this work, the count invited Gaudí to become the author of the garden city project on the outskirts of Barcelona.

    17 hectares of hilly land were allocated for the construction of the park. The amazing microdistrict began to be built up from 1900 year. It was planned to fill the village with 62 mansions, and they wanted to raise money for their construction by selling building plots.

    However, the business project failed due to the remoteness of the area from the center of Barcelona, ​​and the land was not purchased in large quantities. As a result, three mansions of unprecedented architecture were built, reminiscent of gingerbread houses from some fairy tale.

    One of them became the residence of Count Güell, and after his death a city school was opened in it. The family of a famous lawyer began to own the second house, and Gaudí himself settled in the third building, which later became his museum. In the future, all these wonderful creations of Gaudi’s architecture were bought by the city authorities.

    Today this place, unlike any other European garden complex, is the most popular tourist attraction in Spain. Park Güell is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    Ciutadella Park

    This green recreation area has a long history of origin. Starting in 1714, as a result of the War of Spanish Succession, Barcelona was occupied for 13 years by the troops of King Philip V of France. During this time, the Citadel (fortress) was built by the invaders in the center of the city, in Spanish, Ciutadella.

    The defensive complex existed for about 150 years and was demolished in 1869. From it remained: the arsenal – now the seat of the parliament of Catalonia, the chapel and the palace of the governor. Throughout the rest of the territory, a garden complex was equipped, called the Ciutadella Park. In 1888, it was chosen as the main venue for the World Exhibition, and by this time it had been substantially rebuilt. And in 1892, part of its territory was transferred to the city zoo.

    Thousands of tourists try to get to the palace and garden complex Citadel to admire one of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls in Europe. Streams of water fall down three giant steps, erupting from under three arched porticos, where the main arch is crowned with a gilded quadriga (a group of 4 horse sculptures). The central figure of the cascade is the figure of Venus, standing in the open shell of a sea mollusk.

    The construction is so full of statues of characters from ancient Roman mythology that you can spend several hours examining all the details. Streams of water complete their run in an artificial pond with fountains. There are many other attractions here, such as the Despair sculpture, the Castle of the Three Dragons – a cultural center with a cafe-restaurant, the Orangery, etc.

    Horta Labyrinth neoclassical style of the 18th century and the romantic style of the 19thcentury. In 1791, a garden was laid out on the lands of the noble Catalan Joan Anthony Desvalls by the Italian architect Domenico Bagutti.

    In this he was assisted by the masters of landscape landscapes Jaume and Andreu Valls, as well as the French gardener Joseph Delvalier.

    In 1969, the Desvalls family donated the Horta Labyrinth to the city, which became a public visitation site in 1971. In 1994, a major restoration was carried out here. The garden and palace complex was given the status of an open-air museum. Picnics, cycling and dog walking are not permitted on site.

    In accordance with its name, on the lower terrace of the garden there is a labyrinth of hedges, which is a ribbon of trimmed shrubs and cypresses of complex configuration in terms of a total length of 750 meters. Above the labyrinth you can see two pavilions with statues of Danae and Ariadne. Even higher is a large pavilion dedicated to the nine muses. Behind it is an artificial lake.


    After the end of the World Exhibition in 1888, it was decided to organize a city zoo in place of the removed pavilions in the Citadel Park. It was founded by the Barcelona banker Luis Marti Codolar, who donated animals from his private collection.

    The fundamental feature of the new zoo was the fact that it was proclaimed the refusal to keep animals in cages. All attention was paid to the organization of open-air enclosures, protected from visitors by ditches with water and small fences. This made it possible to keep pets in an environment closest to the natural conditions of their habitat, and at the same time made it possible to observe them practically in freedom.

    The territory is divided into several thematic zones, where the total number of its inhabitants is more than 2000 representatives of the fauna. Visitors can see orangutans from the island of Borneo, the African lion from Angola, the rare Rothschild giraffe, Humboldt penguins. As well as adults and children with pleasure and delight watching hippos, pygmy hippopotamus and many other animals.

    There is a large swimming pool where dolphins and seals perform. On weekends and holidays, elephant shows are organized here, food for animals is publicly prepared and feeding is demonstrated. Various trees grow here, the fruits of which are forbidden to be plucked because they can be poisonous.

    Montjuic Park

    The Montjuic garden complex with interesting buildings, monuments, fountains and lush subtropical flora, located on the slopes of the mountain of the same name in Barcelona, ​​is known in the world as a venue for a variety of artistic, cultural, sports and tourist events. On a mountain 173 meters high, the World Exhibition 1929 years and part of the Summer Olympics in 1992, which allowed the recreation area to be reconstructed twice.

    The best way to get to the top is by cable car. There are many viewing platforms from where visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. The botanical gardens occupy 1300 hectares of land, on which there are interesting sights such as:

    • The Spanish village is a complex of copies of iconic buildings and structures erected at different times in different regions of the country
    • National Palace of Barcelona – a majestic building built in 1929, which houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia
    • The Magic Fountains at the base of Montjuïc – admired by about 2 million tourists every year, where more than 3,000 jets of water come to life and dance to the sound of classical and modern melodies

    At nightfall, all of the above objects take on a fantastic look due to skillfully made illumination.

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    Tibidado Amusement Park

    The entertainment center is located on top of the Tibidado mountain of the same name. A large number of citizens and tourists who take their children with them always gather here. The site is equipped with 25 entertainment installations that stagger the imagination of visitors.

    It occupies 70 thousand sq.m. slopes of the mountain, the highest point of which is at an altitude of 512 meters. Here is the Temple of the Sacred Heart, built in 1961 years old. The original entertainment center started operating here in 1901.

    A funicular was installed to climb the mountain of people. Then the first carousel appeared and the monorail road was laid, which is still in operation today. Since then, the park has been repeatedly reconstructed with the installation of new ones to replace the old attractions.

    Access to entertainment is limited by the age and minimum height of the guest on a case-by-case basis. Among the most popular attractions are such entertainments as:

    • El Magatzem – cab ride on a monorail at a significant height for children at least 120 cm tall
    • La Granota – Passengers 105 cm or taller in an open cockpit are in freefall for a few seconds
    • Hurakan – the most impressive ride in the form of a huge swing, the participants of which make a complete revolution in a cabin that rotates around its own axis
    • Giradobo is a Ferris wheel that is very popular with both citizens and tourists
    • Avio – an attraction, installed in 1928, is a model aircraft, the passengers of which make a full circle over the city spread below

    There is a playground with numerous slides and play areas, a picnic area with tables and luggage storage.

    Olympic Park

    Part of the territory on the top of Montjuic, next to the park of the same name, was allocated for the construction of the Olympic Center for the conduct of the summer games in 1992 year. Today, residents of the capital of Catalonia use and are proud of it.

    The first thing that catches the eye of the newly arrived guests of the complex is the Montjuïc Telecommunications Tower. The original symbolism expressed in this architectural object by the master Santiago Calatrava carries a peculiar image of an athlete holding a torch. The base of the obelisk is covered with a mosaic of broken tiles, in imitation of the creations of Antoni Gaudí.

    The spire is the hand for the sundial. The shadow cast by him on the map of Europe indicates the time in the successive images of countries. In the Olympic Museum, the public gets acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to the sports achievements of world stars, the promotion of sports and the active lifestyle of people of different ages and interests.

    Outdoor and indoor swimming pools welcome swimmers all year round, and professionals also train here. Several rows of columns located throughout the complex add grandeur to the appearance of the park. Sports events are often held under the dome of a covered pavilion called Palazzo Sant Jordi.

    The Olympic Stadium, built back in 1929 and claiming to host the Olympic Games in 1936, could only be used during the Summer Games in 1992 year. All sports facilities are actively used for holding international competitions, as well as for constant training of city athletes and local sports fans.

    Diagonal Mar

    The idea of ​​the new district called Diagonal Mar was to create a comfortable zone connecting the central street of the Catalan capital with the sea. All conditions for comfortable living, walks, the possibility of shopping for any goods and just having a good time are created here.

    Diagonal Mar is a work of modern urban building art. Its feature is the harmonious combination of modern architecture with local flora. Here you can always hide from the bustle of the city and relax for the citizens themselves or in their family circle. Also, there are all conditions for sports.

    Diagonal Mar is considered the youngest and most innovative recreational area. It occupies a fairly spacious area of ​​13 hectares. The emergence of a new tourist and recreational zone was the result of preparations for the Olympic Games in 1992 in the capital of Catalonia.

    Initially, several entertainment complexes were built here and a comfortable six-kilometer Poble Nou beach strip was equipped. Only 10 years later, the city authorities returned to continue the implementation of the Diagonal Mar project. The construction was completed in 2006.

    Industrial Park of Spain

    In fact, it is a small green area around an elongated pond. Here you can go boating, children climb on a figure depicting a dragon, or just relax in the shade of trees. The territory of Industrial Spain is located between the bustling streets of Tarragona and the Collblanc highway.

    Almost half of it is occupied by an artificial lake. On the one hand, the embankment of the pond is a step that runs down to the water. Six towers in the form of sea lighthouses are installed on the upper platform.

    Ducks live in the pond. In its center stands a statue of Neptune on a pedestal. There are several other interesting sculptures in the park, transported from the site of the 1929 World’s Fair. The main figure of the square is the already mentioned Dragon, 12 meters high and 32 meters long, which the children use as a children’s slide.

    Cervantes Park (Parc de Cervantes)

    One of the most beautiful recreation areas is located in the area of ​​the capital of Catalonia, Les Cortes. This quiet green corner of the city, filled with lush subtropical vegetation, is a real refuge for those who are tired of the bustle of the city and decide to devote themselves to rest in the shade of the spreading crowns of large trees, sitting on one of the benches. This place is popular not only among citizens, but also among tourists thanks to one of the largest rose gardens in Europe.

    The park is named after the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote the novel Don Quixote. The author of the project and the creator of the garden was the local architect Luis Riudor Carol, who in the 60s of the last century was responsible for the state of public parks and garden complexes in Barcelona.

    City Square was opened to visitors in 1965. Since the early 2000s, international competitions for exhibitions of new types of roses have been constantly held here, during which meetings of breeders from many countries of the world are held. Due to local climatic conditions, rose buds bloom from May to July inclusive. About 150 thousand flowers bloom at the same time.

    Monterols Park

    This is a secluded recreation area located on the slopes of a hill that rises above the city to a height of more than 120 meters. Its peculiarity is its spread over several terraces, which connect gravel ring paths into a single complex. From the top of the hill from the observation deck offers a delightful panorama of the city.

    “Walls” of tall trees and shrubs reliably protect visitors from the bustle of the city, noise and heat. The atmosphere of Monterols is filled with pleasant smells of flowering plants and the singing of birds. Benches are installed on all terraces in such a way that at the height of the day they are not exposed to direct rays of sunlight, but only the shadow of lush treetops falls.

    Citizens come here to take a break from work and household chores, and ubiquitous tourists often drop in here. To the right of the entrance to the recreation area is a stone fountain, which is decorated with sculptures of cupids with fruit and flower garlands.

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    Guinardo Park

    Guinardo on a hill, where the wild nature of the forest adjoins a well-kept garden with artistically trimmed shrubs, consists of three parts. This is an urban garden that serves as the entrance to the reserve, a historical area and a peak filled with lush wild vegetation.

    Its landscaped terraces surrounded by slender pine trees are a distinctive feature among urban recreation areas. The position of the health complex at a considerable height creates tiring conditions for climbing up. Therefore, there are always a lot of joggers here. However, tourists tend to get here to admire the magnificent panorama of the capital of Catalonia from the observation deck on the top of the hill.

    Land for the recreation area was allocated by the local authorities in the early 20s of the last century. Aleppo pines and Tipu trees, Judas trees and white mulberries, elms and olive trees grow here.

    The Historic Area is filled with hedges of trimmed shrubs such as Japanese orange, oleander and bay leaf. Here you can find holm oaks, cypresses and cedars. A beautiful bronze sculpture is installed on the square – a running boy with a hoop.

    Crehueta del Col

    One of the most peaceful recreational areas for residents. This is a place where there is a lot of lush subtropical vegetation, a fairly large pond and a spacious picnic area. Previously, there was an abandoned granite quarry here for a long time, the lands of which at the base of one of the city hills were reclaimed and turned into a favorite vacation spot for the townspeople.

    Entrance is from Mare de Diu del Col. From it, visitors enter a spacious square surrounded by banana trees and holm oaks. There is a playground, two tennis tables and a stretched volleyball net. In the center of the lake is an island with palm trees.

    In summer, its banks are filled with vacationers who enjoy swimming in the reservoir. An interesting attraction is a gigantic concrete structure weighing about 50 tons, hanging on 4 steel cables. The sculpture resembles some unknown hieroglyph.

    A walking path leads between trees and bushes to the most wooded part of Crehueta del Col, where there are picnic areas. There are tables with benches and a fountain. There are several bars in the park.

    Turo Park

    By Russian standards, a small city square with a small pond does not at all qualify for the status of a park, but proud Catalans call this place Turo Park. Despite its modest size, the recreation area is saturated with vegetation. This is a whole mini botanical garden surrounded by city buildings, where tea roses grow, exuding perfume smells, magnolia oaks, tangerine trees, and date palms.

    The artificial reservoir is covered with thickets of water lilies, which makes it look like a swamp. At the entrance to the square there is a sculpture dedicated to the cellist Pau Casals. The townspeople here walk their four-legged pets, putting away their waste products in special envelopes.

    As in almost all recreation areas in Barcelona, ​​there is also a picnic area, which is not empty on weekends and public holidays. So that visitors, especially tourists, do not get bored here, they can go shopping nearby in different boutiques and expensive stores. During the relentless heat, you can always drop in here to cool off and take a break from the bustle of the city.

    Parque de la Nova Icaria

    This is one of the largest green recreation areas in the city, developed on vacant land from demolished old industrial facilities. The opening of New Ikaria was timed to coincide with the start of the Olympics in 1992 and was associated with a large-scale reconstruction of the city’s coastline.