The Parks of Barcelona
Mason, Fall 2022, Barcelona
December 18, 2023

At its core, Barcelona is very urban. While there are few skyscrapers, it’s a highly condensed and lively city environment. Amongst the city-dwellers, though, are refreshing areas to get together outdoors, make memories, and see some amazing views. These are some of the parks of Barcelona.

1. The Parks of Montjuic

Monjtuic has some amazing community spaces, as well as scenic overlooks. The old Olympic courts serve as a park, as well. There are so many different nooks everywhere that you could consider parks, that the whole hill feels like a park!

People relaxing around the parks atop Montjuic

Montjuic has a beautiful trellis garden area

2. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This is by far my favorite park. It’s known for its central labyrinth maze, but the rest of the park is what I love the most. It’s home to some amazing architecture, sculptures, and landscapes. There’s a lovely creek running through the park (which made me feel at home) and even has mini labyrinth maze. It feels like one of the quietest and most peaceful places here in Barcelona, and we even had a group picnic here with our SAI and Elisava friends!

The labyrinth maze at the park!

Just one of many fountain pieces found at the labyrinth park

3. Tibidabo

While it’s maybe not your typical park, Tibidabo is an amusement park located at one of the highest points in Barcelona. This allows for some of the best views of Barcelona, and I highly recommend going for the sunset. You can ride a roller coaster, visit the beautiful church, and share some fair food. We rode the Talaia ride and got some great photos from above.

Tibidabo rides and views

View of the church from the Talaia ride at Tibidabo

4. Parc de la Ciutadella

The classic Barcelona Park. Their version of a city park is complemented by architectural buildings, a zoo, and even a plant conservatory (which I was most excited about). It’s lovely to see all the people just chilling on the grass, playing with dogs, and having a good time.

Ciutadella’s park with amazing architecture and pond

View from inside the park’s plant conservatory!

5. Park Guell

This is probably the most famous park in Barcelona. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, it’s known for its architectural landscapes and buildings. Put it on your bucket list to get a picture next to the dragon fountain!

Park Guell’s famous entrance

A section of the stone bridge that sprawls through the park

There are so many more you can visit, and more I want to visit. I hope you get the chance to see them in person, as well!

Written by: Mason, Fall 2023 Paris student from Kansas State University

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