Set in the middle of one of Barcelona's most important traffic junctions, this park, created by the architectural firm Roig i Batlle, offers lots of possibilities: sports courts, model racing tracks, a large picnic area with barbecues and an allotment.
Getting to Parc de la Trinitat is easy. Just hop on Metro Line 1 and get off at Trinitat Vella, because the main entrance is opposite the station exit, on the other side of a small inner square that acts as an antechamber to this green space.
As you cross this point, the first thing that stands out is the canal that extends to one end of the park and, on the other side of the water, a hill covered in grass and surrounded by rows of trees, with paths that cross from one end to the other, as well as a formidable sculpture of horses stampeding over the grass.
The long rows of regularly planted trees are inspired by the groves that drivers see as they pass along the motorway connecting Barcelona with Girona, and which are becoming a pleasant encroachment on this landscape.
The two dominant features of the park’s vegetation are the large grass meadows and two long rows of perfectly aligned
white poplars (
Populus alba) that cover the bend of the hill enclosing the park and form a small wood, at the top, with numerous
Populus nigra italica). As you walk up, you will see a large plantation of
olive trees (Olea europaea) and paths that cross the small hill, decorated with an unusually
green-shaded privet (
Ligustrum lucidum) – no longer a shrub, having been carefully pruned, but now a little tree – and the scarlet of the
purple-leaf cherry plums
( Prunus cerasifera ‘Atropurpurea’).
Moving on towards the sports area, you will find yourself by ombu trees ( Phytolacca dioica) and acacias ( Robinia pseudoacacia). The picnic area is shaded by the boughs of plane trees ( Platanus x hispanica). Groups of Leyland cypresses ( Cupressocyparis leylandii) mark the end of several parts of the park.
Landscaping and Design
You need to walk round it to discover its various nooks and crannies and the many possibilities it offers. Over to the right is the most landscaped area, which can be admired in all its glory from the wide path at the highest point of the park, a kind of large balcony offering a pleasant resting place.
Looking to the left of the main entrance, you will see a multi-purpose amphitheatre that ends where the park’s canal begins, as well as steps that give access to the large resting area lying just before the sports courts and picnic area, two of the park’s big attractions. There are multi-sport courts next to one of Barcelona’s best picnic areas, because of its barbecues. A little further on from the sports area and you will see one of the city’s urban allotments. It covers 2,400 m2 and has a total of 61 plots of land cultivated by senior citizens from the neighbourhood.
The park also has tracks for model-car racing and competitions, run by the Sant Andreu Association of Model Car Enthusiasts.
Art and Architecture
Halfway up the hill there is a lively sculpture, full of movement. This large frieze depicting 15 horses running wildly over grass is the Cavalls desbocats ( Bolted Horses) of Josep Ros (1993).
Another work by Rafael Bartolozzi (1985), entitled Dona que es banya ( Woman Bathing) and portraying a female figure delicately sculpted in Carrara marble, stands at one end of the large sheet of water tracing the park’s wide semi-circumference. Nearby, water jets out from the mouths of the various frogs surrounding the sculpture.
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- Sant Andreu
- Sant Andreu
- Public center
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