Jardins del Príncep de Girona
C Marina, 372*382
The Príncep de Girona Gardens are on landscaped land with different levels. All the entrances, most with ramps, lead to a gravel esplanade with children’s games, table-tennis tables, a bar with tables shaded by pine trees and an area for dogs. On one side there is a large lake, with a row of small islands that cross from one side to the other.
The Jardins del Príncep de Girona occupy a small part of the Girona cavalry’s old barracks, which were closed at the start of the 1980s and subsequently handed over to municipal ownership in the 1990s. The very extensive grounds were allocated for public use, such as a school and a car park, and the creation of today’s green space. The gardens were built over the central courtyard of the old military barracks. Part of the building still survives on one side and now houses several of Horta-Guinardó’s district services.
The steepest slope on the grounds descends from C/ Taxdirt and consists of successive terraces, fairly well shaded areas for spending time in, and large beds ornamented with shrubs.
The highest part of the gardens has Indian bead trees (Melia azedarach) while the terraces have shrubs, such as firethorn (Pyracantha angustifolia) and laurustinus (Viburnum tinus). The latter are also abundant on the slightly banked parterres located next to the gardens.
Stone pines (Pinus pinea) offer good shade for the small picnic area, in several resting areas and on the large gravelled central esplanade, where there are also several Canary Island date palms (Phoenix canariensis) and a group of dwarf palms (Chamaerops humilis).
An evergreen fig tree Ficus elastica can be seen next to the table-tennis tables and plane trees (Platanus hispanica) by the lake. The touch of colour is added by the blossom of the oleanders (Nerium oleander), bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea sp) and blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) scrub.