The Catalan Capital is home to some seriously fabulous restaurants, attractions and cultural monuments. But this amazing city is more than just an urban jungle. Let’s explore the great outdoors through the best parks in Barcelona.
There are a number of gorgeous green spaces to explore, more often than not completely for free. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s check out the best parks in Barcelona!
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The best parks in Barcelona
First up on our list is the gorgeous Ciutadella Park in the heart of the city. This park is the biggest in the whole city and is therefore the perfect location to engage in some long and beautifully scenic strolls. The Ciutadella Park is, for many, somewhat of an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
The lush green grass, phenomenal fountain, pretty lake, and interesting attractions are just some of the factors that make a visit here so enticing.
Not only is the park itself a wonder worth exploring, you will also find the Barcelona zoo and the assembly hall of the Parliament of Catalonia, on site. What a treat!
Be sure to visit the park’s lake. Here you will be able to board some row boats and take in the scenery from the water. There is a lot of wildlife to observe here, such as the many adorable ducks that inhabit the area.
Next up on our list is certainly one of the most famous attractions in Barcelona. Park Güell is, as of 1984, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, and no wonder! This magical park was designed by the world-famous Antoni Gaudi: architect of none-other than the iconic Sagrada Familia. Here, you will surely be amazed by the winding walkways and vibrant mosaic tiles as you stroll through this magnificent green space.
Park Güell is home to some of the best panoramic views of the city: from the mountains to the sea beyond. This park is super unique, with Gaudi’s influence subtly left to be discovered as you make your way around. This park is absolutely not to be missed on your travels!
Bear in mind: this park is not free as Ciutadella Park is, for example. However, a visit to Park Güell is well worth the entrance fee, as you can easily spend hours here checking out hidden gems or following secret paths. Alternatively, why not visit on Sunday or Wednesday when entrance is free? What’s not to love!
Search for tickets to Park Güell here.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
Located on the outskirts of the city, in the peaceful Horta district, you will find the super romantic Parc del Laberint d’Horta. The park’s main attraction is its famous labyrinth, designed in 1891 by Italian architect Domenico Bagutti. This labyrinth is rather large, with a lovely pond and statue of Greek god, Eros, at its centre.
Why not take the family with you for a fun day out? Get lost and find your way around until your heart’s content!
Besides the labyrinth, the park is home to some pretty ponds, flowing streams and towering trees to take in for yourself. It is easy to spend a few hours here, checking out all the beautiful surroundings.
Better yet: entry is inexpensive at just €2.23 a ticket or free on Sunday or Wednesday, just as at Park Güell!
Parc de Cervantes (Cervantes Park)
Last but not least on our list of recommendations is the gorgeous Cervantes Park. Located in the Les Corts district, this brilliant green space is less popular and therefore a great place to really relax if you’re looking for a more calming vibe away from all the tourists. Enjoy a picnic on the grounds or catch up with friends somewhere on the expansive grounds.
Pro tip: The best time to visit this park is in the springtime when its 10,000 rose bushes bloom in all their beauty. Whilst they not only look magnificent, take it from us, they smell even better!
So, there you have it! The best parks in Barcelona. We’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed this blog and that you keep an eye out for some of these stunning green spaces on your travels. They’re sure to blow your socks off!
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