Of course, the park everybody knows is Ciutadella Park. This ‘green lung’ is located in the center of Barcelona. Very good for an afternoon of relaxing with a picnic and long walk in the park, you even have the possibility to rent a little boat and float around on the pond while enjoying the beautiful sunshine of Barcelona. On the side of the park, there is the Zoo of Barcelona, for sure worth spending a day there.
Another famous park everybody knows is Park Güell. This park designed by Gaudi became a very touristic place. A part of the park is paying, but the free part is certainly also worth visiting. Under the trees, you can find picnic tables with an amazing view over the city. Good to know is that after 9.30pm (summer time) you can enter in the whole park for free.
After talking about the two most famous parks, Barcelona is also full of small and less famous parks. For example Parque del Laberinto De Horta. This is Barcelona oldest park and is located in the Horta and Guinardó district, easily accessible by metro (green line L3) till Mundet and then it’s a 5 minutes’ walk. This park is a romantic garden with flower beds, little squares, tall trees, a waterfall and most import the labyrinth. Get lost in the labyrinth and find your way out. The labyrinth is also the one used in the movie ‘Perfume – The Story of a Murderer’.
Barcelona also has his own Botanical Garden. This garden is located on the hill of Montjuïc. The garden offers you a walk in each season of the year as you can observe the vegetations from five different regions in the world with a Mediterranean climate. This park also offers a worthy walk in the greenhouse with his big offer of different kinds of Bonsai trees.
You can even find an architectural park in the center of Barcelona. Poble Nou Central park was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. He also designed the Torre Agbar tower at Plaça Glories. This park can be described as ‘Post Industrial Recovery’ which reflects also the surrounding area of the park. The heart of the park at Plaça de la Sardana is surrounded by huts where kids can play and where dogs can enjoy some runs. In the 19th century, Poble Nou was the heart of the textile industry and was full of mills. A lot of these mills have been destroyed to build hotels and modern buildings, but in this park, you can still find an old mill as well as an original chimney.
Also on the Montjuïc hill, you can find Jardins de Joan Brossa. This park is named after the Catalan poet. By the way; all parks on Montjïc are named after Catalan poets. This is a very quiet park perfect for a picnic and nice views over the city. In this park you can find statues of famous persons; the Catalan clown Charlie Rivel, Charlie Chaplin, the Barcelona flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya and Barcelona gymnast Joaquim Blume. You can find the entrance of this park on Plaça de Dante.
Jardins del Palau Robert is a secret garden hidden in the busy city center. It is an oasis of tranquility at the intersecting of two of the busiest streets in the city; Passeig de Gràcia and Avinguda Diagonal. In the park, you can find famous sculptures, artwork, and architecture surrounded with paths through the garden. During the summer, it’s the perfect place to read a book, having lunch or just to hang out. In the colder months of the year, there are a lot of exhibitions. In the evening, the garden is changing in a concert venue.