Parc de la Ciutadella might not be as well known as Parc Güell but if you don't mind the relative lack of art pieces, this Barcelona oasis might be a better experience. While the latter is full of people (and energy), the former is calmer and allows for more privacy. As some has mentioned, Ciutadella might be the Barcelona equivalent of NY's Central Park with at least as much charm.
While we were in Barcelona, we accidentally stumbled upon the Parc de la Ciutadella when we were out for our morning run. (Half Marathon training) It wasn't on our list of places to see while we were Barcelona but wow I'm glad we found this place!
The park was SO beautiful that I wanted to come back later that day to take pictures of EVERYTHING because who goes out for a run with their cameras? I also wanted to show my friends on the trip this nice ASS park. It was like I was transported into another world. Into PARADISE!
The park was big, green everywhere. The fountain there was amazing. I wanted to spend ALL day there. Which you can since there's a lake here, a zoo, and two museums!
Even the walk to the park was cool because you get to also see Barcelona's Arc de Triompf! You have HAVE HAVE to go here!
INFO : you can get free wifi close to the Zoo.
One of the best parks in Barcelona. You have shade areas , sunny ones, hippies, people paying music.
Every time I went to Barcelona some events were there.
It's located 2 minutes from the beach and just few minutes walk from Placa Catalunya.
Really enjoyable place in the city : a must see for people staying in Barcelona for few days and who wants to have free time relaxing and looking at the local life.
A gorgeous park more so in the summertime when you can take full advantage of Barcelona's incredible schedule of public parties, which Ciutadella is one of the venues for!
Don't be surprised to be on a stroll through the gardens when you run into a loud group dancing to a surprise DJ set by Richie Hawtin in the middle of the day in June!
Our hotel was right next to this park, and it was a beautiful sight upon walking out the door!
They were having a festival the weekend we were there (which we didn't know about before), and it was fantastic. Lots of live music, Swan Lake done around the fountain structure in the park. It was absolutely gorgeous. There is so much to look at in this park. Lovely old buildings. Lots of greenery. Fabulous fountains. I really enjoyed it.
I would absolutely go back when I am in Barcelona again.
This is one of the parks in Barcelona that is frequented by many locals. Its a huge sprawling place so a bike would be nice to explore the whole thing. Just arrive at one corner on a sunny day and meander through the whole thing, stopping randomly at fountains and coves to relax and snap a few pics. =)
Writing this in English for the tourists....
This is a great spot and I used to come here quite regularly to sit and read in the sun. It's great for a picnic with friends too and the last time we even went boating in the small lake, which was great fun. However, one long weekend I went two days in a row (trying to get a suntan!) and both days I saw the same gang (they have bikes with them) try to rob unsuspecting tourists. The first shocked me, so much that I didn't respond (thankfully, the victim realised in time) but for the second, as I was more aware and saw the preparation being done by the mugger, I stopped it.
In both cases, the person (a tourist) had fallen asleep and left their bag unprotected. If you ARE going to try to sleep at least lie on your bag and block it somehow.
As you can see I've given the park 5 stars as I do love the place and always bring visitors here but PLEASE be careful there. Like anywhere in Barcelona you need to constantly be aware that there are thieves waiting to take advantage of you so keep your belongings in sight at all times. And, I hate to say it, but there wouldn't be so much petty crime here if people weren't so careless.
This is a great park to get a sense of local flavor. This is where the Barcelona residents all go to hang out and enjoy life - it's not a tourist trap by any means.
There are lots of grassy areas to sit and have a picnic - you can bring a bottle or 2 of cava, some glasses & just drink right there - no "open container laws...
There are people practicing tight rope walking, drummers practicing their drumming, i've seen someone blowing those big giant bubbles, there's a little lake where you can rent a row boat and just float around, there's a Gaudi fountain - and if you're hanging around at dusk, you can see the bats swoop down and eat all those pesky bugs.
And of course - the people watching... the place can get pretty crowded - but it's good to just go and hang out and enjoy life out in the sun among the people who live here.
A magical and idyllic park that should be on every tourists 'must see' list!
I was contending with a grumpy and sleepy hubby, and he was not thrilled that I was dragging him across one side of Barcelona to the next in some record breaking heat.
All that was swiftly melted away once we found a nice shady spot sitting across from the most magical and amazing fountain. He had a little nap, and I got to take in sthe sights.
We saw couples, families, tourists, and locals...this park has something for everyone!
In several travel books they mentioned this as a top 5 site in Barcelona. I would put it somewhere around the 10th best thing to see there. It is an impressive park, but it is not worth spending more than a couple of hours here.
I would rate the churches, Ramblas, Gothic Quarter, the beach, and some of the architectures as the must sees of Barcelona. If you are there for an extended period of time, this park is worth checking out (if you have already seen Parc Guell).
Tip: Take the paddle boat out for a spin. Though not as exciting as the lake in Madrid, it is still a romantic stroll around a shady lake.
This is a beautiful park great for relaxing, taking photos, and kids alike. This was buried in the middle of our to do list during a visit to Barcelona and I am certainly glad we made it here. The huge water fountain is reason enough to visit - aside from being a visual beauty, it is is quite peaceful to sit in front of while sipping on coffee or eating a snack. This is also a popular place for taking photos (in front of or along the staircases on either side). If taking photos, try to come early morning before the crowds arrive to reduce the chances of having unwanted guests in the backgrounds of your photos.
If you manage to walk away from the fountain's beauty, then stroll through the rest of the park where you can here musicians play along the walkways or head over to the pond and rent one of the boats for a nice afternoon paddle with great scenery around you. There is also a giant elephant structure which great for photos. Once you take in all the park's attractions, you can return here for a nice picnic with some nice Spanish wine (lots of open green space and shade).
Please note that this is a popular place for field trips so depending on the time of the day / day of the week, there can be many kids running around.
FREEEEEEE!!!! Can I just say that I saw photos of this park and was hoping to chance upon it. And we did while stumbling around to the Picasso museum.
I love a good park and this is one of the best I've been to. I love a good weird mix of things and this has a green house, giant elephant, and mix of classical European statues, and an Indian style gazebo in the center? And did I spy a mock miniature Arch de Triumph too? I loved it. I wish I had all day to enjoy this park instead of hurrying along to view other city sights.
Note to tourist, if you run out of money and need a place to just hang out on the regular... come here. There are people to watch, people singing music from the Lion King (acoustic version!), and loads of relaxin to be had here.
This park was my favorite spot in Barcelona, namely because of the beautiful fountain that hardly anyone gets to see. When I first saw it, I was so surprised I hadn't heard of it ahead of time, or that there weren't hoards of tourists taking pictures in front of it. In my opinion, its better than the trevi because its so lush and green, enormous, and not spoiled by too many tourists.
I, of course, love the rest of the park. The row boats are precious, there are beautiful churches interspersed throughout the park, as well as tons of green space that you won't find in Guell.
Put in a kitchen and a private bathroom and I would never leave. This park has been my second home in my second home as it has been for many locals and ex-pats.
Green space is in short supply and the beaches are crowded with the Americans I avoided in America. That makes Parc de la Ciutadella my haven along with free WiFi, quiet shady places and the ability to (clandestinely) let my dog off the leash. Many of my friends meet here regularly on Sundays to catch up outside of work and bar environments. I like to come to write and work on-line when I need to escape my apt and cafes.
One of the best parts of the park is the small pond with row boats. My boyfriend was quite romantic to row me around, pour me some cava and feed me some olives. Of course he did joke about it being a great place to dump me. The moment had enough romance that I laughed and he stayed dry.
It's a parc next to Barcelona zoo that is not far from the Arc de triumph and from Barceloneta Beach.
The park is full of cute little green love birds. With the palm trees and the singing of these birds you have the impression to be on an island far away from the city strange sensation.
100/100 stars this is the prettiest thing i've seen in my whole life!
Great park for all ages. There is a place you can ride a boat, a zoo, two playgrounds one with a kids center open at certain times. There are two wifi spots you can use. Well the only two I saw. People can chill at many area of the park. Their is also a cafe eating place. Great places to take pictures.
A Really beautiful place and it remind me of a little of Italy w/the Statue and fountain. On the day that we saw this place, they were taking out all of the water and cleaning the whole thing. I saw picture of this on a post card and it look amazing. I wouldn't mind coming back here when they all finish w.their cleaning and seeing the real fountain w/water in it. Also the pack is very nice and people who here on weekend to ride their bikes or just walked around and people watch.
Excellent park, big enough and well preserved. It is beautiful in every aspect! There is a small lake where you can rent a boat and go around, ducks and gooses and parrots that fly around and a Zoo that you can visit. Gigs and happenings take place very frequently. We enjoyed the time we spent there!
Kind of like the Central Park or the Chapultepec or the Buen Retiro of Barcelona, a nice place to hang out, and right by the water. It's not nearly as packed as the rest of town, which is really nice. And you can definitely picnic here with some wine or some cheese and bread, with no one to bug you.
Walked through and was surprised at how large of a place it is. Perfect place to go and sit and relax, people watch, have a picnic, etc.
Beautiful park. Huge and offers many momuments. My absolute favorite being on of Gaudi's. It was sooooooooooooooooooooooo magnificent, so beautiful, for a moment, I was in my fantasy world and decided, that this would be a perfect place to wed. Who am I kidding? But seriously, it's so grand. Different than many of Gaudi's more traditional works.
When I lived in Barça, this was one of my favorite places to go after work or class. They have everything from slack lines and karate practices to berimbau circles. I would have picnics here and we would play music, paint, or do homework. One of the most relaxing and fun places in the city, it gets packed during tourist season though.
Wedged directly between the old town and the new port area developed for the 1992 Olympics, this park is nice in that it has several different attractions. There's a zoo, a zoological museum, green lawn space, benches, a pond with row boats you can rent, etc. It's not particularly huge or relaxing or lush, but it's a good place to take kids if they need a break from the busy streets.
Just as you think there may not be any more lovely parks and squares in Barcelona then you come across this gem. It wasn't even on our itinerary for the trip so we more chanced upon it rather than planned the visit. Very glad we went however.
Original home to a fortress like Citadel (hence Ciutadella) the largest in Europe in fact, this housed the government. Most of the citadel was destroyed over a hundred years ago (in turn to construct this many local streets and neighbourhoods were demolished to make way for it) but even today the Catalan parliament is based here.
Eventually this are was turned into a central city park (although to my eyes Barcelona has many areas you could call a centre) and today houses Barcelona Zoo (famous for it's sadly now deceased albino gorilla). The park also contains a large lake in which you can boat yourself silly aroundthe unforgiving heat somewhat put me off the prospect of such an activity.
An medieval castle (in appearance at least having been built in the late 1800's) not contains the zoo museum.
This and the surrounding area's have been redeveloped since the 1992 Olympics and by the looks of things continue to do so.
Given the number of statues, the lake and fountains (including the impressive Cascada) this Park is a fine way to wile away a summer afternoon.
We wandered through the park on the way to somewhere else and were really glad to stop there. There are plenty of shady places to sit and relax if you're enjoying a long day of exploring Barcelona. There is also the most spectacular and elaborate fountain which appears unexpectedly through the trees and is well worth a visit.
Nice park in Barcelona. We`ve been here in february 2009. This is not the season but we enjoyed the visit anyway.
My aim was findind the multi-geocache GC1AN9D and we stopped at several waypoint.
On is this MAMUT.
Else its fun to watch/see these parrots? on the way from TRIUMPF to the PARC. We don`t have them in wild.
the park is very nice, during summer there are free concerts, what i like the most it is that you can rent a little boat to navigate on the small pond. There is an entrance to the zoo, the big fountain is very impressive and beautiful and there is a place where you can take a drink meanwhile listening the birds singing, to plan my holiday i found world-rt.com written by local guy, good info and tips
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