From March to November, the Biblioteca de Catalunya turns its garden into a place to read.
Barcelona is a city with a lot of people, especially in the summertime, so it’s difficult to find a quiet spot to sit and read a good book outdoors. Ten years ago, the Biblioteca de Catalunya started organising Llegim al Jardí (Let’s Read in the Garden), a project in which it arranges its garden so readers can rest as they peruse. Specifically, this activity is held in the Jardins de Rubió i Lluch in the Ciutat Vella district right near the centre of Barcelona, which many people may be unfamiliar with. Amidst the plants, the arcades and the fountain, they create the ideal atmosphere for relaxation with tables and chairs. The goal is to give the gardens a cultural use, while also turning them into a point of interest within the city. To make the experience even more pleasant, a lending service of duplicate copies of books and magazines is offered, along with free access to a selection of newspapers. And for those who want to take a break from reading, two giant chess boards are set up between the two monumental staircases.
This space can be enjoyed from 1 March to 30 November, Monday to Friday in the Jardins de Rubió i Lluch. From April to October the timetable is 10:30 am to 2 pm and 3 to 7:30 pm. In the other months, the gardens close at 6 pm. Don’t miss this chance to lose yourself in a book, swathed in silence, right in the heart of Barcelona.
Access to the gardens and all the services offered is open and free of charge. You can find more information on the Biblioteca de Catalunya website.
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