Barcelona is an increasingly green and sustainable city… did you know that there is a great tradition of parks and gardens?
And of all the activities you can do in Barcelona … there is one that is very relaxing and healthy: walking in the parks, admiring the flowers and hearing the birds singing while enjoying the refreshing shade of the trees… especially in the hottest months.
Today we present you 14 impressive and flowery gardens in the city of Barcelona to enjoy the beauty, tranquility and contact with nature. From small oases hidden in the city center to majestic parks that will take your breath away! You will be able to walk among beautiful flowers and vibrant colors, discover plants you did not know and relax in these green spaces full of charm!
Take a walk, go for a run, have a picnic, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the heat and connect with nature. These gardens offer a perfect retreat. In addition, they are all located in the city of Barcelona, that is to say, very close to the Alberg Center Esplai, which makes them a highly recommended visit for all the people staying there.
Let’s discover the wonders of these gardens!
1. Cervantes Park
You will find the Cervantes Park in the Pedralbes neighborhood, right next to the University Area. It is a very, very peculiar park, as it has something that makes it very special: you can find more than 11,000 rose gardens of 245 different varieties of roses. Unbelievable! In addition, it is a very open green space, with large areas of grass and fairly wide paths. You will find many people walking and many cyclists too!
2. Horta Labyrinth Park
This is perhaps one of the most famous parks in the city of Barcelona! The Laberint d’Horta is known for having a central park in the shape of a labyrinth and made up of cypress trees that hide a very fun route! But you will also find a great wealth of sculptures, fountains and decorative forms made of vegetation. You will see that the Laberint d’Horta is a very harmonious and stimulating park!
> Do you want to go with your sons and daughters? It’s a great option for the little ones to have a great time!
3. Barcelona Botanical Garden
If you go down to the Montjuïc area, you can’t miss the Barcelona Botanical Garden! It is a spectacular park that is divided into 5 different areas, representing different areas of the world: California, South Africa, Australia and the Mediterranean area. In this way, we can see the landscape of each area, and observe the similarities and differences that exist between each of them!
4. Tamarita Gardens
In the district of Sant Gervasi you can rest and relax in the Tamarita Gardens, an ideal place for all those people who like ancient history, since they are gardens that were built by the Catalan bourgeoisie during the 19th century. They will transport you to the times when the bourgeoisie built their mansions and residences surrounded by gardens in the upper part of the city. So these gardens used to be private, but today they are public.
5. Gardens of Muñoz Ramonet
The Jardins de Muñoz Ramonet are also known as Jardí de Can Fabra. It is a garden located in the district of Sant Gervasi and it was created by the French architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, and then remodeled by Joan Mirambell i Ferran. It was opened to the public very recently: in 2016. So now you can visit this garden which, as you would expect, is classically and renaissance inspired.
6. Gardens of Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer
The Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Gardens are located on the Montjuïc mountain. You will see them because they go down a slight slope that allows you to enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Barcelona and the sea! This park was inaugurated in 1970 and, as you can imagine, is dedicated to the poet Jacint Verdaguer i Santaló. In these gardens you will find large lawns and ponds with many species of amphibians and many aquatic plants!
7. Gardens of the Palau de Pedralbes
Nicolau M. Rubió i Tudurí was the person responsible for transforming the farmland and creating the Jardins del Palau de Pedralbes that we now know! They are very old gardens and you can find many groups of different flowers, laurels and orange trees. A curiosity about these gardens is that Nicolau M. Rubió decided to respect part of the landscape and kept the hundred-year-old Himalayan cedars!
8. Gardens of the Palau de les Heures
In the district of Horta-Guinardó, just south-east of the Parc del Laberint d’Horta, we can see a French ‘chateau’ called the Palau de les Heures. The gardens of this palace are stunning! They are divided into three different terraces that rest on the foot of the Collserola mountain range. If you feel like breathing history while resting, the Jardins del Palau de les Heures is the ideal place!
9. Gardens of Joan Maragall and Palauet Albéniz
The Jardins de Joan Maragall are the most elegant you will see in the city! It has tree-lined avenues, wide expanses of lawn, flower beds, ornamental fountains, many sculptures and a palace that is a royal residence. Serenity is breathed in and you can hear the birds singing and the sound of water from the ornamental fountains. You will find these gardens next to the Olympic Stadium, in Montjuïc.
10. Ciutadella Park
Surely it’s not the first time you’ve heard the name “Parc de la Ciutadella“, right? It is probably one of the most famous public parks in the county town, as it is the place where you will find a spectacular atmosphere of people who visit it, go there to relax, play the guitar, etc. In addition, don’t forget that it also has a lot of natural wealth: a great variety of plant and animal species, the Castle of the Three Dragons, the Hivernacle and the Martorell Museum!
11. Gardens of Joan Brossa
Did you know that the Joan Brossa Gardens were the Montjuïc Amusement Park for more than 30 years? Yeah yeah! Today what we see is a large green space with lots of Mediterranean vegetation, surrounded by a natural landscape with spectacular views of Barcelona. There are picnic areas and even a bar where you can go for a drink!
12. Creueta del Coll Park
Just behind the famous Carmel Hill you will find a very large park called Parc de la Creueta del Coll, in the district of Gràcia. The peculiarity of this park is that it has a pond large enough that during the summer it becomes a public swimming pool for all the residents of the neighborhood! It is a very important meeting and leisure place in this area. In addition, you will also find a giant square (6,000 m²) with picnic areas, trees, various vegetation, etc.
13. Guinardó Park
The Guinardó Park is one of the largest in Barcelona and has three very distinct parts: on the one hand, it has the urban part, which is the vestibule of the large space that is the green area of this park; after it has another historical part with popular sculptures; on top of everything in the park you will find all the lushness of the forest vegetation! It is one of the most refreshing and relaxing green spaces in the city. You can’t miss it!
14. Oreneta Park
Oreneta Park is a large forest area that connects the city of Barcelona with the natural park of the Serra de Collserola. It is a huge park of 17 hectares with many green forests, rest areas, areas for children’s play, ping-pong tables and picnic areas. In this park you will also find a castle, the Swallow Castle that gives the park its name!
Here you can see the location of each park and garden so you can visit it!
In conclusion, these are just a few examples of all the gardens and green areas in the city of Barcelona, we encourage you to discover them and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature. Have a nice walk!
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