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Barcelona Parks and Gardens
Güell park, designed by Antonio
Gaudí is the most famous park in Barcelona, declared a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO. It has been subject to all types of praise and criticism,
including comments such as "outrageous modernism", "surrealistic
island", "nightmare expressionist park". First conceived
as a private estate, it became a public park in 1922. The main entrance
to the park and the stairway leading to the Hundred Columns Room are structures
where Gaudí clearly let his imagination run free.
Park de la Ciudadella:
You may like to go for a stroll afterwards in one of the big parks. The largest and most beautiful of all Barcelona's parks is the Retiro. It has 130 hectares of woodland which form a green, tree-clad (more than 15.000 trees) island in the middle of an asphalt sea. One may enter it through any of the fine gateways. These are located in the Plaza de la Independencia, the Calle de Alcalá, the Calle de O'Donnell, and the Calle de Alfonso XII. White stone figures of the Kings and Queen of Spain peep out from the avenues of lofty tees and thick bushes, and just inside the park there is a large artificial lake where rowing-boats can be hired. The park also has its rose garden, as well as the Cecilio Rodríguez gardens and many delightful secluded nooks where strollers can enjoy a little privacy. In the middle of the park there are two buildings known as the Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal, where art exhibitions are sometimes held.
How to go: Metro: Line 1 (Arc de Triomf) and Line 4. (Barceloneta or Ciutadella)
Labyrinth park was built in 1791 on different levels with stairways, pavilions and richly ornamented railings. Adorning the gardens are various statues of mythological figures.
How to go: Metro: Line 3 (Montbau).
Guinardó park clearly resembles
a forest and has an intricate topography oriented towards the four cardinal
Park Espanya Industrial
The Spanish Industrial park, located on the west side of Estació de Sants, offers us two different aspects: one charming and one industrial.
How to go: Metro: Lines 3 and 5 (Estació Sants)
On the hill of Montjuïc, two parks offer a delighful change of pace: the Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera, with 150 varieties of cacti of American origin and more than 200 varieties of succulent plants; and the Jardins Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer, where more than 100,000 plants bloom throughout the year.
METROPOLITAN PARK OF COLLSEROLA
The Metropolitan park of Collserola
preserves a good example of the Mediterranean forests of pine and oak
trees. Spectacular fields of rockrose, heather and broom can also be found
on the sunny slopes. Two of the most interesting sights are the Hermitage
of Sant Medir and the Natural Reserve of Font Groga.
MONTSENY NATURAL PARK
Forty kilometers from Barcelona,
this natural park is the only one in Catalonia declared a Biosphere Reserve
by UNESCO. Holm oak, cork oak, oak, beech and pine groves are found here.
In the woods it is possible to see boars, genets, dormice, a large variety
of birds, including birds of prey. Access by A-7 highway Barcelona-La
Jonquera, exit Sant Celoni-Montseny. From here take BV-5114 road from
Sant Celoni to Viladrau via Sant Fe del Montsseny. Natural park service
NATURAL PARK OF SANT LLORENÇ DEL MUNT I DE LA SERRA D'OBAC
Forty kilometers from Barcelona,
this park is a mountainous area with spectacular crags and rocks. There
are more than 1,000 varieties of plants, including rosemary, rockrose,
heather and white pine groves. In the interior, mountain oak, maple oaks
and other types of trees are found, and in the springtime primrose and
violets are in bloom. Thriving on the highest areas of the cliffs, we
find interesting rupicolous vegetation. Boars, genets and a large variety
of birds, birds of prey, inhabit the park. Accessed from Barcelona by
A-18 highway to Terrassa. From there, the Talamanca roads goes up the
Estenalles pass, where you can visit Montcau, the second higest peak in
- Jardins i roserar de Cervantes.
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