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Parc de la Ciutadella is a lush attraction nestled in the Old City, known locally as the Ciutat Vella. The park was designed by Josep Fontserè and his then-unknown assistant Antoni Gaudí, who went on to pioneer Catalan modernism with such masterpieces as the Basilica de la Sagrada Família. Although it no longer bears the distinction of being the only green space in the city, the park remains an important respite for city dwelling nature lovers, as well as those looking to experience the essence of Barcelona. Within the park are several attractions for the whole family, among them the Barcelona Zoo and Catalan Parliament. Weave through the verdant park and its many cultural offerings, taking time to relax by the lake as the ornate fountain creates a peaceful melody.
Few parks in Barcelona offer such sweeping views of the beautiful city from a green hilltop. Like most of the parks on Montjuïc hill which have a name from a local benefactor, this one is named after a renowned Catalan poet. The park offers picnic spots, playgrounds and other facilities to entertain yourself. There are also statues on the grounds that commemorate other famous personalities such as Charlie Chaplin and flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya.
Joan Miró was not only a great painter but also a sculptor and ceramicist. His works have always been recognized across the globe. The Parc Joan Miró is dedicated to this international artist. Palms, eucalyptus trees and the multicolored flowers add to the serenity of the park. One of his last creations entitled Dona I Ocell has been placed here. Do visit the park and pay your tribute to Joan Miró.
Architectural icon Antoni Gaudí designed this sprawling park to create harmony among urban and natural landscapes. He began building the park system on Carmen Hill in 1910, creating an eye-catching tapestry of structures, gardens, and public institutions for citizens of and visitors to Barcelona to enjoy. Gaudí finished working on the project in 1914, and although it was never completed, Park Güell stands proudly today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience varied architectural styles in intriguing features like the columns of the Sala de las Cien Columnas, or Hall of the Hundred Column, which support a Romantic-style balcony covered in mosaic tiles.
Spread across a large expanse of land bordering Avinguda Diagonal, this contemporary park is one of Barcelona's unique architectural highlights. The most striking feature here is the group of the tubular structures that twist and turn across the length of the park, requiring you to turn back and marvel. The rest of the seven areas comprise of a huge play area for kids, an artificial lake with more tubular structures, a spacious plaza, and an elevated walkway that stands above water. If you're looking to forego run-of-the-mill parks for a more present-day attraction, then a stroll at the Parc Diagonal Mar come evening is a good idea.
This park was inaugurated in 1978 on the grounds of two old factories. It is a lovely, quiet place that stretches back into the forest, so you can take nature walks in the woods. There are also some attractions for children like swings, mazes, games, pony rides and a route taken by a miniature train that crosses tunnels, bridges and other technical marvels. It makes a lovely choice for a fun day out with the family. Opens daily at 10a.
Tucked smack dab in the heart of city, Parc de Cervantes is a perfect getaway for jaded souls. A lush garden with more than 245 varieties of roses spread over 9 hectares (22.23 acres), this park is a man-made marvel in itself and a shining example of effective utilization of urban open spaces. Visit the park on a sunny day and take in the mesmerizing landscape. Come down with kids and just lie down on the grass to fill your lungs with fresh air laced with the fragrance of a thousand roses. The park even holds an international rose show annually, so keep a tab on the website if you're a botany enthusiast.
The Italian architect, Domenico Bagutti, is the mastermind behind Parque del Laberint d'Horta. Constructed in the 18th Century, it shares space with the Desvalls' family mansion in the Horta-Guinardó district and is the oldest of its kind in the city. Spread over nine hectares (20 acres), its most significant feature is the labyrinth that lends its name to the park. It boasts an inspiring amalgamation of Neoclassical and Romantic schools of architecture with manicured lawns punctuated with Greek mythological sculptures, ornate fountains and rich flora. The beautiful layout has served as a backdrop for numerous performing arts and has served as a film set too.