Parc de la Ciutadella
Barcelona’s City Park is spread out over 70 acres and is the city’s most central public park.
For families staying in our Barcelona rentals, the park has a whole host of attractions for both adults and children alike. With a zoo, a lake, museums, fountains and plenty of room for cycling and walking, the park can easily provide hours (if not days) of entertainment.
The park was once the site of the citadel of Barcelona, a fortress which became a hated symbol of oppression for the Catalan citizens. When the fortress was largely destroyed in the mid 19th century, much of the area was given over to the construction of the park. Many of the park’s beautiful buildings were built for the 1888 Universal Exhibition and, since then, the area has become a hugely popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.
The park is now home to a wide variety of attractions and is a great place to visit for families staying in our Barcelona rentals. The zoo (inaugurated in 1892) is one of the park’s main attractions with its wide variety of animals and also emphasises education as part of its activities. The lake in the park is another fun destination with rowing boats available for hire.
The Museum of Natural Science can also be found within the park. Both the Barcelona zoology museum and geology museum can be found here. There are exhibits designed especially for children, and the giant whale skeleton will certainly be appreciated by kids visiting from our Barcelona rentals.
For art and architecture lovers, a number of sculptures can be found dotted around the park. The Cascada, located in the park’s northern corner, consists of a fountain and an arch with various surrounding sculptures (a very young Antoni Gaudi was involved with the design). The Catalan Parliament is also located in the Parc de la Ciutadella.
The park is located in the centre of Barcelona in the Barri Gotic area and is easy to travel to from our Barcelona rentals. The metro can be taken to Barceloneta or Ciutadella (Line 1 or 4) or hop on one of many buses that head to the area. It’s a good idea to set off early from our Barcelona rentals, in order to spend the full day covering all of the park attractions. Admission to the park is free.
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