BARCELONA - PARKS & GARDENS

Jardim del Laberint d’Horta
A Neo-Classical park in the northern outskirts of the city and laid out in segments each devoted to a plant theme. There are numerous fountains, waterfalls and even a small canal. A popular feature is an enormous maze which attracts grownups and children alike.


 


Jardins Mossen Cinto Verdaguer
The more recently landscaped park holds the important statue honouring the Cátalan tradition of the “Sardana”. On its border is the Parc d’Atraccions which is nothing more than a glorified “fun-fair”. Here visitors can try the ferries-wheel, roller-coaster and a their main attraction named the “Crazy Rat”.


 


Jardins de Mossen Costi i Llobera
This park is dedicated to succulent plants and can be rated one of the best of its type in the world. It is located on the southern most section of the Parc Montjuïc.
 


Jardim de Pedralbes
The park is on the Avinguda Diagonal and is opposite the former Royal Palace de Pedrables. The park is quite picturesque and contains a fountain by Gaudí.
 


Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo
This park is designed as a centre of amusement and details can be read on the Page “Locations of Interest”





 


Parc de Cervantes
This park is located to the west on the Avinguda Diagonal and is close to the University. Built in 1964 to celebrate 25 years of the rule of General Franco it is planted with over 11,000 rose bushes containing some 250 varieties.
 


Parc de la Ciutadella
This Park has a special place in the history of Barcelona. After a particularly bitter struggle for independence in 1714 the city fell to the troops of King Charles I of Spain. The King decided to punish the inhabitants by moving their University away to Cervera and ordered the destruction of this section of the town in order that a massive fortified structure named the “Ciutadella” to be built. However, when the French captured the City in 1808 the building provided little defense and was quickly taken. Happily for the people of Barcelona a popular Catalan General Prim took temporary power in 1869 and ordered it to be dismantled and turned the area into its present park. Later in 1888 the Mayor of Barcelona chose this park as the site for their Universal Exhibition. Here a visitor will find many interesting architectural buildings from the turn of the 19th Century involving many of the famous names of Barcelona.

The Ciutadella Park also is the location of one of Europe’s finest Zoos containing a museum devoted to the subject. There is also a museum devoted to Modern Art, a museum exhibiting a collection of geological and paleontological items, and two interesting buildings containing an impressive variety of plants.


Parc de l’Espanya Industrial
The park is just to the north west of Parc de Juan Miró and was opened in 1985 and its main feature is a boating lake lined by 10 sculptures by Luis Peña Ganchegui.






 


Parc Güell
Named after the name of its donor this park was constructed in the north section of the city first developed in the middle 1800s and under the creative eye of the architectural artist Gaudí. His unmistakable creations are plentiful within its grounds and there is a museum devoted to the famous artist. An especial attraction to be visited is the “Sala Hipóstila” better known in English as the “Hall of a Hundred Columns”.
 


Parc de Joan Miró
This smaller park is located to the north of Barri Gòtic and as suggested by its name its main feature is a sculpture created especially by Miró (Doni I Ocell - 1983).





 


Parc del Laberint
Formerly the residence of Marques de Alfarràs this park has a strong Italian influence in tis design with a lake, canals, arbores, cypresses and a labyrinth decorated with neo-classical mythological statues graced by fountains.
 


Parc de Montjuïc
This park is located on the west side of the city and runs down to the sea. It was chosen as the location of the 1929 Universal Exhibition and for the 1994 Barcelona Summer Olympics. In the park are located many attractions; the Museo d’Art de Cataluya, Fundac, the Poble Espanyol, the Fundacao Miro, Museu Artes e Industrias Populars, the Museo del Libro y de las Artes Graficas, Museo d’Etnologia, the Museo Arqueológia.
 


Parks & Gardens outside Barcelona

Delta de l’Ebre
As the name suggests this is a vast quilt of paddy fields on the River Elbe and is “a must” for bird spotters. The area covers 70 square kms and even has tourists boats that provide tours for viewing many of the various birds. At Deltebre there is an information centre and a small museum exhibiting items from the delta area.
 


Massis de Pedraforca
This nature area mainly attracts ardent rock climbers with its peaks rising to 2.500 metres.
Access to the area is through the town of Manresa and a further 64 kms to the north.
 


Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà
The nature reserve is 15 kms to the east of the town of Figueres. Due to its close location to the sea it is a natural habitat for birds and it is well equipped with bird-watching towers strategically placed.



 


Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes I Estany de Sant Maurici
This park was opened in 1955 and covers 102 square kms of beautiful mountain scenery. Visitors will find many waterfalls and over 150 lakes in this segment of the Pyrenees. The main village is Espot which is located on the eastern side of the Reserve. This very attractive area is located approximately 150 kms to the north of the town of Lleida.
Information – 973 694 000
 


Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró
A nature reserve that lays some 20 kms to the east of the town of La Seu d’Urgell. Many of the peaks rise to over 2,000 metres whilst at their feet are lush covered slopes and valleys with conifers and oak trees.



 


Parc Natural del Montseny
This nature reserve is the most accessible to Barcelona as it lies only 48 kms to the northwest of the city. The area has been well prepared for lovers of nature and there are many trails for walkers and bikers.



 


Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç del Munt
Surprisingly this nature park with its many wild boars is surrounded by some of Barcelona’s industry. It is 12 kms to the east of Manresa.




 


Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa
This park is centered on the La Garrotxa volcano which last erupted some 10,000 years ago. The largest crater is Santa Margalida which is 500 metres wide and the area is renown in spring for the thousands of beautiful butterflies that are suddenly fill the area.

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