Barcelona not only encompasses elegant Modernist buildings, it also houses beautiful green-spaces that are perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. After a day walking around the old town, it is comforting to know that you can breathe the various parks’ fresh air.
The Joan Brossa Gardens sit on the site of the former Montjuïc theme park. It is a unique green-space that combines the charm of an urban park with the vitality of a forest.
The garden measures 5.2 hectares and is packed with numerous species of trees. Moreover, there is a collection of bronze sculptures that represent various celebrities, all designed by different Spanish artists throughout the park. One of the best things about the Jardins de Joan Brossa are the impressive panoramic views over the city, which make the visit definitely worthwhile.
Situated in Mount Montjuïc, the Mirador del Migdia (Midday viewpoint) is one of the city’s best viewpoints. It offers an impressive perspective of Barcelona. The park has many winding paths and a lush vegetation full of autochthonous plants and trees. This park is the best place to get away from the summer heat and is also a great place to have a bite to eat or a drink in La Caseta del Migdia, a cool bar amid the trees.
Situated very close to the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the Joan Maragall garden is an elegant green space with large green lawns, avenues with lines of trees on either side, fountains and sculptures.
This classic and French-styled garden that was designed for the Royal Family is still very stately and transports its visitors back in time to when the park’s building, the Palacete Albéniz, was resided by the Royalty.
The Parc de Cervantes, which is also known as the Rosaleda (rose garden) due to its 10,000 rose bushes of over 200 species, is 9 hectares. Half of the park is covered by the various species of rose bushes.
The Parc has a dense vegetation which creates lots of shaded spaces in the park, so it is a great place to visit in summer.