Parks in Barcelona

A sunny Mediterranean city like Barcelona allows you to enjoy its wonderful climate all year round. Exploring its parks and green areas also allows us to take refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax… Here are some suggestions.


With 8,000 HA protected, the Serra de Collserola Natural Park is the lungs of the entire metropolitan area of Barcelona, with a predominantly pine and holm oak vegetation and 190 species such as squirrels, foxes, birds and wild boar. It is the park par excellence for the city’s hiking enthusiasts, who walk along its paths in search of the numerous stone fountains. Accessible by public transport from several points.


Barcelona’s most romantic park, the oldest preserved in the city, is this neoclassical garden located in the grounds of a former stately estate in the Horta district. The challenge for every visitor is to find the sculpture of Eros in the centre of its carved cypress labyrinth (Metro: Mundet stop, L3. Buses: H4, 60, 76, 27).  Consult HERE for opening times, which change according to the season.


In Sarrià we find the gardens of another old 19th century manor house, now open to the public. They have maintained the original French-style structure, with sculptures, lush vegetation, palm trees and beautiful views of Barcelona and Collserola (FGC: Reina Elisenda stop, L12. Buses: 60 and V3).


In the Ribera district, this is the largest urban park after Montjuïc. Inside you will find the Parlament, the zoo, a pond for boating, the Umbráculo and the Invernáculo – two enclosures dedicated to the conservation of botanical species -, La Cascada, the sculptural group of fountains and fountains from 1888 and the emblematic mammoth, the sculpture next to which everyone wants to have their photo taken. (Metro: Arc de Triomf, L1, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica, L4. Tram: Wellington stop, T4).


The mountain of Montjuïc is dotted with numerous gardens and parks, including the Botanical Gardens, with a large representation of Mediterranean species; the Costa i Llobera Gardens specialising in cactus and succulent plants, with a spectacular view over the Port; the Joan Maragall Gardens or the Joan Brossa Gardens – located in the space where there used to be an amusement park… among many others. (Metro: P. Espanya, L1, L3. Montjuïc Funicular. Buses: 55, 150).


Obviously, we cannot talk about Barcelona’s parks without mentioning Park Güell. Designed by the modernist architect par excellence, Antoni Gaudí, commissioned by the businessman Joan Güell – whose initial idea was to build a luxury housing estate. Of particular note is the monumental area around the Gran Plaza, which rises above the so-called Sala Hipóstila above the entrance staircase and its fountains, adorned with the emblematic salamander that welcomes us to the park. (Bus: 116).


And if you are staying at the Bonanova Suite, you can walk to the Turó del Putxet, gardens open to the four winds that constitute a splendid 178m high viewpoint over the city and a haven of peace. (FGC: Putxet stop, L7. Metro: Vallcarca stop, L3).

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