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.
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.
Guinardó park clearly resembles a forest and has an intricate topography oriented towards the four cardinal points.
Jardins del Palau Reial de Pedralbes
The gardens of the Pedralbes Royal Palace form a geometrically designed classical-style park with lovely flower beds and large trees from the original royal estate.
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.
And others parks such as:
– Jardins i roserar de Cervantes.
– Park Clot.
– Park Estació del Nord.
– Park Joan Miró.
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.