If there is a colour that stands out in Barcelona it is the green. The city of counts is one of the cities in Europe with the largest number of parks and open-air spaces, ideal for enjoying with your couple or with all the family. In addition to being a tourist attraction, these green spaces allow visitors to rest and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city, taking special prominence with the arrival of good weather. Do you want to know some of Barcelona’s most charming parks? Take a look at our selection.
Güell Park of Antoni Gaudí
Certainly, if there is one park that catches the curious traveller’s eye that is the Güell Park. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, it has become one of the city’s main attractions. The well-known politician Antoni Güell was its great promoter and instructed the architect Antoni Gaudi to create this masterpiece. The construction began in 1900 but it wasn’t until 1926 that it was finally opened to the public.
The spectacular scenery of each of its corners impresses anyone. The well-known Dragon Staircase, the Portico of the washerwoman or the Hipóstila Room are just some of the wonders you will find. As Gaudí himself said, “Beauty is the radiance of truth and as art is beauty, without truth there is no art”.
History and design, two words that perfectly define the Cervantes Park. Located in the district of Pedralbes, it is a splendid and quiet outdoor space with large green areas and offers endless colours. The rose garden park has become one of its main attractions.
Since 2001, it has held an annual international rose competition, which has been a big tourist showcase. Its enormous biodiversity is also one of its greatest claims. At the same time, it offers large spaces to practice all kinds of sports. The design of the enclosure allows the visitor to contemplate not only the rose garden but also the wonderful views over the city. Although it is not in the centre of Barcelona, in spring and summer it is frequented by the locals to take advantage of the shaded picnic area. Certainly, Parque de Cervantes is worth a visit.
Few parks in Barcelona can boast of having in their interior a zoo and a greenhouse like the Ciudatella Park. An open-air museum. Specifically designed as a public park at the end of the 19th century, it hosts a lot of recreational and cultural activities throughout the year, as well as being the headquarters of the Parliament of Catalonia.
Josep Fontserè himself, which was in charge of the project, said: “the gardens are to the city what the lungs are to the human body”. That’s so right. Furthermore, the park is considered one of the most romantic parks in the city. Simply imagine a walk hand in hand with your significant other or how about enjoying a pleasant boat trip by the small lake that it shelters, to rest on the green spaces that compose it, sounds exciting uh?
Don’t miss the replica of Josep Llimona’s precious sculpture, “El desconsuelo”, as well as the sculpture of a large mammoth very photogenic.
Diagonal Mar Park
One of the most original parks in Barcelona is the Diagonal Mar Park, also known as the Giant Slides Park. An original and modern space just a few steps from the beach. What more could you ask for? It is the second largest park in the city, as well as a huge outdoor space ideal for the whole family.
The architect Enric Miralles designed this place like a space made up of marshes. An image that became evident with the construction of various units made up of large lakes and green hills. In one of these hills, you can enjoy giant slides that will delight the little ones. But their large metal structures are taking greater prominence. They come down like small fountains that drink water from the lake. Like a rollercoaster! Pure fantasy.
Last but not least, the Turó de la Peira Park. At 140 metres above sea level, you’ll find this impressive park. It is possibly one of the best viewpoints in the city. Thanks to its privileged situation allow us to contemplate Barcelona in 360º, with views of both Collserola and the sea. The views will leave you speechless.
The park it’s named after the hill where it sits. 8 hectares of land with a great biodiversity formed by pines, olive trees and numerous bushes and gardens that will not leave you indifferent. It is also the perfect place to clear your mind with various paths that run through the park until you reach the cross, located at the top of the hill. Undoubtedly, a park with great importance and we can even say that is one of Barcelona’s great lungs.
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