Tag Archives: parks

A city park with ponies and trains

19 October, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

There are numerous parks and gardens dotted all over Barcelona, and a diverse array of places they are. Some are on sites of which had previously been places with sour memories for the city, such as the Ciutadella, while others are practically museums in themselves, such as the Laberint d’Horta or the Park Güell. Elsewhere there are parks which are educational, such as the Jardí Botànic, and others focusing on … Read more…

Laribal, one of the first gardens on Montjuïc

28 August, 2015 | Unknown City

In 1909 Barcelona City Council acquired the Josep Laribal i Lastortras family estate, on Montjuïc. The lawyer and journalist had died the year before and the Council wanted to start urbanising and landscaping the mountain, as the Catalans describe Montjuïc, with a view to organising what would eventually be the International Exhibition of 1929. Francesc Cambó, one of the promoters and curators of this event, commissioned the French engineer and … Read more…

The Umbracle in the Ciutadella Park

15 May, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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In the Ciutadella Park there is a spot where visitors can walk among plants which usually grow in tropical and subtropical forests, without even leaving Barcelona. The Umbracle is a 128 year old building which is home to plants originating from twenty different countries in four continents. Stepping inside and taking a seat on one of its cast-iron benches means a chance to escape the hustle and bustle outside. Josep … Read more…

The Recinte Maternitat, from birthing centre to public gardens

24 April, 2015 | Unknown City
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In the Les Corts district, next to the Camp Nou, there is a building complex from the end of the 19th century which ended up giving the name of ‘La Maternitat’ to the surrounding neighbourhood. These days it’s a space where modernist buildings house various public facilities and stand among grounds and gardens where one can stroll, read a book or converse on any of the benches located around the … Read more…

Music descends on the city’s parks during the summer evenings

9 July, 2013 | Networking, News, Your City Council

Listening to classical music or jazz, surrounded by trees and plants as the sun sets and the twilight takes over, before the artificial lights go on. This is the Music in the Parks offering, which is back in town until 30 August. The programme, which started on 2 June, features a total of 49 free concerts in 27 of the city’s venues, in parks and gardens in every district. Anyone … Read more…