3rd July 2012
Today Be Hostels wants to tell you about the Top 5 Parks to visit when you are in Barcelona. This city has parks hidden between streets and buildings, and big parks where you can spend your whole day as well. All parks are free, and a great space to relax, think, and enjoy a taste of nature within this crazy city.
You can immerse yourself in Park Güell’s modernist wonderland, check out the animals at the Park de la Ciutadella’s Zoo, ride some roller coasters at the Tibidabo Amusement Park, admire the city’s blooming botany collection at the Park of Montjuïc, or enjoy a park near the sea at the Diagonal Mar Park complex.
GAUDÍ PARK GUELL
Architect Antonio Gaudi not only designed some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, but also created the most emblematic park in Barcelona, which combines nature and impressive views of this amazing city. Built between 1900 and 1924 at the request of merchant Eusebi Guëll, the park was originally going to host around sixty houses and a chapel, but was never finished. As a result, it became the property of the city of Barcelona in 1922. The style of Gaudi’s architecture and his vision are clearly noticeable in the way this incredible park was constructed: it features Gaudí’s usual use of bright colours, uncommon architectural forms and uses the landscape and nature to favor his designs.
Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the biggest, traditional parks in the city. Both the Catalan Parliament building and Barcelona Zoo are located on its grounds. Part of its charm lies in its ornamental waterfall and artificial lake, and children love this green oasis in the middle of the city. You can take a boat out onto the lake, play table tennis, or enjoy any of the other seasonal activities and events the park hosts every week, such as dancing by the bandstand in the park. The park invites visitors to stroll alongside its fountains, check out its sculptures, and take in all the other interesting and attractive decorative monuments the park has to offer. Parc de la Ciutadella is the ideal place to go when looking for peace, quiet and nature while in the heart of the city! While visiting La Ciutadella, make sure not to miss the amazing building called the Hivernacle, a winter garden with iron and glass architecture from the same period as the Eiffel-Tower. There is a cafeteria inside.
With rides dispersed over the slopes of the Tibidabo mountain, Barcelona’s amusement park provides a wonderful excuse to ascend Barcelona’s highest peak and get ample views of the city, the Pyrenees, and even the Baleares Islands on a nice day. A trip to Tibidabo offers attractions ranging from an antique fairground and rides from the 1920s, to modern roller coasters. The FGC train to Avinguda Tibidabo (last stop on the Tibidabo line) will drop you right at the gates of the Tibidabo Amusement Park. On weekends and holidays you can take the antique tram service up the hill as well.
Montjuïc Park is a green reference point for culture, sports and entertainment in Barcelona. It is located on the mountain Montjuïc within a spectacularly lush environment. Theaters and museums, fountains and gardens, sports facilities and fairground pavilions make this part of Barcelona an attractive meeting point and a place to visit & see. The 1929 World’s Fair and the 1992 Olympic Games helped the area become an outstanding green zone for culture, sport and entertainment. Plaza d’Espanya is the best starting point for getting to Montjuïc Park. The Magic Fountain is one the most attractive places to visit with its evening performance showcasing water, music, color and light. A must see. Next to the fountains, at the start of Avinguda Marqués de Comillas, stand two beautiful buildings also worth visiting. One is the excellent reconstruction of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion- and a classic example of rationalist architecture. The second is the CaixaForum – the new Cultural Center of “la Caixa”-, which is a great example of modernist industrial architecture.
DIAGONAL MAR PARK
This park, which is the second largest in Barcelona, is an immense, sunny, open and fully accessible space where the water from a large lake shares the limelight with grassy hills covered in lush vegetation. It is a place to take a walk, sit in the sun, play, practise sports and sail toy boats. The Diagonal Mar Park reaches the adjacent avenues in a way that allows it to mix in with the city. This large and open space also acts as a entranceway to the sea. The park is divided into five very distinct sections. The largest section runs between Carrers Llull, Josep Pla and Taulat. There are two smaller sections that are separated by an island of houses between calle Taulat, Josep Pla and the Garcia Fària Linear Park. And the other two sections, separated by Carrer Taulat, are next to Carrer Selva de Mar and have the Garcia Fària Linear Park on one side and Carrer Llull on the other.
We’ve just talked about the Top 5 Parks to visit in Barcelona, but its a sure thing that there is a park you can visit near you too! To find out where, you can visit the link below.