This is the most central park of Barcelona, and includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. The Catalan Parliament is seated at a building in the center of the park.
In my opinion, this is an interesting garden to relax for a while in central Barcelona. If you like to row, here you have your opportunity.
After a long stroll in Barri Gotic I wanted to relax for a while and this nice park in the center of the city is ideal because it’s in walking distance. Parc de la Ciutadella is the city’s public park and covers an area of 18 hectares. It is open daily 8.00-20.30 and you can see many locals lying on the grass, under the orange trees or chatting below the big fountain (which is an attraction on its own), There are some lakes also and you can rent a small boat for 30 minutes (it costs 3 euros per person). At the grounds of the park used to be a big castle made by Philippe V’ at 1715 and then turned into a prison. After the demolition of the castle in 1878 turned into a public park and in 1888 housed the Universal Exhibition.
There are some museums in the park like the Museu de Zoologia (Zoology museum) which is housed on a building that used for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-15.00. Check also the Museu de Geologia (open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-15.00) and the Barcelona Zoo (open daily 10.00-19.00 depending on the season).
Next to the park you can see the Arc de Triomf at Passeig Lluis Companys. The Arc was the main gate of the Exhibition in 1888 and contains many bolections about arts and industry.
After a long walk in the city i decided to visit the park and take some rest. It was worth it and more. La Ciutadella (implying a fortress), was originally built under the order of King Felipe V in 1714 to house about 8000 troops. However it was converted into a public park during the World Exposition of 1888. However, there are traces of the past structures inside the park like the castle of the three dragons which now houses the Zoology museum. the park is very green with palm trees around and even though it is full of people, children, tourist, hawkers, etc. its still very relaxing. After the days' tiresome walking, the first thing i did after entering the park was to open my shoes and socks and walk bare footed on the soft grass there. i am told that one can rent bicycle or boat inside the park.
I loved this park. You get to it by Metro (Jaume or Parc della Cituadella stations).
It is huge! you can rent a boat for €10 for 30 minutes on the little lake, there is a brilliant zoo (with dolphins) and it is also just lovely to sit in.
We had a really nice time here - buy a big bottle of water and relax on a lovely sunny day.
You havn't seen the best of Barcelona unless u go to stroll through this wonderful Park. We were there in December, and I was surprised to see how many people were gathered there. Unfortunately when we were there, part of the Cascade fountain was being restored, so we didn't get the full effect. However, this didn't really detract that much from the experience. It was like a place of calmness and tranquility in the midst of the frantic pace outside of its gates. People were playing table tennis on the fixed table tennis tables in the park, older people were strolling slowly, pacing themselves as they got their exercise. Others were sitting at the cafe across from the fountain drinking hot coffees and considering it was winter, the more adventureous were even rowing in the lake within the park grounds. Wonderful statues, lovely trees. A definite must especially if you are travelling with children.
The Barcelona Zoo is also located within these grounds, so between the park and the zoo, allow yourself at least half a day.
One of my favourite things to do in great european cities is visit their magnificant parks. This park doesnt fail, with a fountain rivaling the fountains found in rome and vienna parks. It wasnt blooming when i went, but the architecture was there. We walked up the steps, then wandered to a complex, where we saw a office building with spanish people having their siestas. ha. I love the spaniards. Nearby was a really cool BMX convention.
Wonderful park with monuments worth looking at. try to inform yourself about their significane beforehand.
This beautiful park was built where the old Citadel (Ciutadella) was. It also houses the Parliament of Cataluña.
- Main: Cascade
- Second: Nuseum of Zoology
- Third: Parliament
- Fourth: Mamuth
Two websites in case you want to know more, but they are in Spanish:
It is fascinating to enter a park and feel the calm surrounding you just inside the gates. I got that feeling when I entered Parc de la Ciutadella. A lovely place where you can take a stroll around and just relax, take the family for a picnick, sit down on a bench looking at all the people walking by or why not take a walk around and enjoy the statues and monuments.
You can also visit some of the museums that are located within the parc. I think you can easily spend a whole day here in the parc and the museums.
A beautiful relaxing place to escape the city heat & crowds for a while. The park has a boating lake, zoo, geological museum & a tropical greenhouse. It is also the home of the Parlament de Catalunya. My highlight was the Cascade Fountain, winged horses, cherubs & serpants are set amid the jets of water & mossy waterfall.
This is a nice place to have a stroll or picnic. It's not a super beautiful park or anything, but it's got an amazing water fountain in the middle of it which makes a trip there worth it. There are lots of place to find shade and sit down w/ a book. Unfortunately, while I was in Barcelona, the water fountain was not active. Just a lot of stagnant water, but still pretty to look at--probably prettier if the water is running (I'm assuming only during the high season summer months).
Visit this beautiful park in Barcelona that is overlooked by most tourists. It is easy to walk to from the beach or Las Rambles. There is much to see in this park but most locals come here to relax and to get away from the busy city.
There is a shop (bit over priced), boat rides and lots of different people doing interesting things. There is also a pond with beautiful architecture and a waterfall. It is a fun and relaxing way to escape the afternoon heat.
After visiting the Markets again to purchase some fresh fruit Kerry (Senioritasmile) and I decided to walk around and look for somewhere to sit, relax and have a snooze under a tree... Well we were a bit tired from a big night out in the Ramblas and Placa Reial...
Walking around we found this beautiful Park. What a great place to just lull a few hours away...
The fountain to look at is beautiful but the water is a dirty green colour but was spectacular when the fountains were on...
Lots of people just hanging around, children playing, lovers smooching... A great place for everyone to relax and chill. Bring a picnic and some wine and perfect... But my raspberries seemed to just hit the spot...
AlsoThe park is home to the zoo, zoological and geological museums, and art museum/gallery.
This is the park in the city. We mainly came here to go to the zoo which is situated inside the park. There is a very nice fountain in thsi park but it was not working (does it????) Overall a nice place to go for a stroll away from the crowds.
Enter from the Arc De Triomphe as the walk down is lovely and you will get some great photos.
A giant, garrison fort once stood where you now find the Parc de la Ciutadella. The fort was built following Philip V's capture of the city in 1714 , and a large portion of the Ribera district was demolished to make room. The Catalan general Joan Prim handed the fort over to the city following the anti-Bourbon revolution of 1868, and under his direction it was demolished between 1869 and 1888. A few parts were preserved - the governer's palace, the arsenal, and the chapel - but today, the Parc de la Ciutadella is the foremost park in the centre of the old city. It's a welcome refuge from the summertime heat and popular with local families. Walk around the park and take in the statues and monuments; take a picnic and lie in the shade or sunbathe; rent a rowing boat and take a little trip on the lake.
Look out for the Cascade and Aurora's Chariot. The former is an ornamental fountain designed by Josep Fonterès and includes sculptures by many other artists. Aurora's Chariot sits atop the Cascade. At the time of its design, Gaudí was one of Fonterès' assistants, and thus some aspects of the fountain are attributed to him.
You'll also find here some other fascinating buildings, including the parliament of Catalunya, the Lluis Domenech i Montaner designed Three Dragons Castle (now the Zoology museum), and the old Arsenal.
The entrance to the Zoo is also here (opening times depend on season, check website for details).
The park gates are open daily from 7:30am to 10pm.
At the northern corner of the park is the Cascada, a triumphal arch with waterfall and fountain built for the 1888 Universal exhibition.
It took 6 years to compete and was loosely based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
The baroque construction designed by Josep Fontsère who was assisted by Gaudi who was a student at that time.