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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.
This museum's permanent collection displays the diversity of the animal kingdom, with sections dedicated to birds, mammals and cave-dwelling insects. The educational activities instruct children how to identify animals by their paw-prints, birds by their different songs and explain the multiple uses of beeswax. You'll find the museum at the Parc del Forum in a gorgeous blue triangular building designed and built in 2004 by famed architect Herzog and de Meuron.
Instituto Jane Goodall en España is renowned primatologist Jane Goodall's institute in Barcelona for those who are interested and want to be educated about the human race's closest biological relative, the chimpanzee. Guided tours are available and it is an excellent educational outing for the kids to learn about the ecosystems and the importance of biodiversity.
Towering over the city at 173 meters (570 feet) is this scenic hill overlooking the sea. Montjuïc remained uninhabited until after the Middle Ages despite the fact that the Jewish quarter in Barcelona had already extended to the nearby Miramar area. The first path to the summit opened in 1607, and in 1640, a fortress was built to resist Spanish invasions during the Catalan Revolt. For centuries now, the Montjuïc park area has been a popular place for locals to pick wild herbs during leisure time, as well as an enjoyable attraction for visitors. Please note that while the park is free to visit, Montjuïc Castle charges an admission fee of EUR5 per person.