Barcelona is filled with green spots and parks, where people, young as elderly can meet and take a break from the city’s business.
Take a walk to the beautiful Arc of Triomf and continue straight down in the direction towards the beach. Here you will end up in front of one of the most famous and beautiful parks in Barcelona; Park Ciutadella.
Built in the second half of the 19th century, Park de la Ciutadella is one of the main green spaces in Barcelona. For many years it was the only one in the city and one of the first to be designed specifically to be used as a public park.
Designed in 1872 by the architect Josep Fontseré, the original layout was modified so the Universal Exhibition could be held there in 1888 and, later, to accommodate Barcelona Zoo, one of the biggest in Europe and which takes up half the area occupied by the park.
Today, Park de la Ciutadella is one of the places with the most leisure and cultural activities in the city. A good example of this is the jazz programme held every year between June and September. The park also contains museums, the Parliament of Catalonia and numerous sculptures.
The layout of the park is rather eclectic, winding, more natural lines combining with more classical, geometric shapes. Notable features of the landscaping include the large monumental waterfall, a lake on which you can sail in small rowing boats, and a summerhouse for music.
Another major feature of the park is the Plaça d’Armes, in front of the parliament building, which was designed in 1916 by the French civil engineer J.C.N. Forestier and the highlight of which is El desconsol; a sculpture of a nude female in the middle of the pond at the centre of the plaça by Josep Llimona.
Parc de la Ciutadella is a very welcoming place, with lots of grass and big avenues, like Passeig dels Àlbers, parallel to Passeig de Pujades, and Passeig dels Til·lers, lined on both sides with lindens and flowerbeds surrounded by bushes. Everywhere there are benches to sit quietly and relax or read, as well as spots where, in winter or summer, you can find young people lying in the sun.
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