Author: Anna MacDonald
There is an endless amount of things to do in Barcelona, and so visiting the city’s beautiful parks can easily be overlooked. However they are the perfect way to take some time away from the vibrant city life without actually leaving Barcelona. Here is our guide to the best parks in Barcelona!
Parc de la Ciutadella
There are several attractions in this picturesque oasis. One of the most popular attractions is the large zoo, home to over 4000 animals belonging to 400 different species. The Catalan parliament is also situated here and in the same building you will find the Museu d’Art Modern. Another attraction that the park hosts is the Umbracle, an 128 year old building which is home to many different kinds of plants originating from twenty countries. A stroll through this tropical building on your visit to Parc de la Ciutadella should not be forgotten. ‘La Cascada’, is a beautiful fountain and waterfall which Gaudi helped to design as a young architect and makes for a perfect photo opportunity. With something to do for everyone, whether you are renting a boat on the lake, having a picnic or visiting one of the many attractions, you are guaranteed to enjoy your visit!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, designed by Gaudi is one of Barcelona’s most visited attractions. Amazing stone structures, beautiful tiling and fascinating buildings fill the park. From the terraced area at the top of the park, a brilliant panoramic view can be seen. From here you can observe not only the park itself, but you can also get a good view across Barcelona. There are seating spots all along the border of the terrace, perfect for admiring the city. To save yourself the struggle of walking through large crowds of tourists, the best times to visit are in the mornings or evenings and not on weekends.
Parc del Castell de l’Oreneta
The temperature in Barcelona can become very high during the summer. This makes the shade that this urban forest offers, under its pine and oak trees even more desirable. The park gets its name from the old Oreneta castle, the remains of which can still be found in the park. This is a great place to take children as there are many play areas, pony rides and a small train ride. Another way to cool off in the summer sun is at the open air public swimming pool in the sports centre called “Can Caralleu” right next to the park. At the picnic spot offering the best view throughout the park, you can see from Sant Adrià de Besòs to Prat de Llobregat.
Parc del Laberint
Located in the north of the city, this is Barcelona’s oldest park, designed in 1792 by Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti. The park is 18 acres of flower beds, a maze, small squares, trees and many different kinds of water features. Hidden in corners for you to discover, there are many sculptures of mythological figures. The park is divided in two parts: the neoclassical garden and the romantic garden. The neoclassical garden comprises three terraces, one of which hosts the maze. The romantic garden is home to many flower beds and shady spots beneath the tall trees. Parc de Laberint is situated outside of the main tourist areas of the city and places a limit on the amount of guests being allowed into the park. Therefore it is the perfect place to escape the popular, tourist filled streets of Barcelona.
Parc de la Creueta del Coll
This park is renowned for its large public swimming pool, perfect for cooling off during the summer! This park is a favourite amongst the locals in the Gracia neighbourhood. There are also table-tennis tables, a snack cafe and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy, making this the perfect place for young and old people alike to relax. Adding an artistic touch to the park is the ‘Elogio del Agua’ or ‘In praise of water’ suspended on one side of the pool, a sculpture by artist Eduardo Chillida. Paths climb upwards through lush vegetation and in the woodland at the top of the hill, there is a picnic area with spectacular views of the city.
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