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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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Where to find the best green spaces in Barcelona


There are plenty of magnificent architectural sights to see in the city, but if you´re hankering after some green space – a place to relax and escape the summer heat, a place to stop for a picnic, or a place to be surrounded by nature,
you´ll find plenty of excellent options. From popular city centre parks, to vast natural spaces for hiking, botanical gardens and elegant sculpted estates, here are Barcelona´s best green spaces to enjoy during your stay in Barcelona.

Parc de la Ciutadella
Lying in the heart of the city, next to the trendy el Born district, this park is a favourite with residents and tourists alike, who come here to do everything from practicing circus skills and tap dancing in the bandstand to rowing on the lake, or simply enjoying a picnic. Make sure to make your way to the impressive cascading fountain for some picture-perfect photos. At one end of the park you´ll also find Barcelona Zoo. 

Parc del Laberint
Situated a bit off the beaten track in the northern district of Horta, the Parc del Laberint is one of Barcelona´s best kept secrets. One of the oldest parks in the city, it was designed in 1792 by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti. Filled with sculpted gardens, ponds, elegant buildings and graceful statues, the highlight is its central labyrinth. To get there, follow the signs from Mundet Metro station. There is a small charge for entry except on Sundays when it´s free.

Park Güell
The most famous of Barcelona´s parks is of course Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí. Buy your ticket to view the interior sculpted areas, mosaics, its gingerbread-like houses and famous lizard, then explore the free part further by hiking to the top to see the spectacular city views. Book tickets in advance in order to reserve a specific time and avoid the long queues. A general ticket costs €7.

Jardí Botànic
Located on Montjuic near to the Olympic Stadium, Barcelona´s Jardí Botànic is home to some 1,350 species, hailing from all over the Mediterranean, as well as places as far away as South Africa, Australia, Chile and California. Entry costs €3.50.

Parc de Collserola
The green ridges of the Collserola Natural Park rise steeply behind the city, and cover over 8,000 hectares. Filled with forests, hiking trails and green meadows, it´s the ideal place for nature lovers to completely escape the city and explore. Whether you want to hike, bike or bird-watch, this is a great spot – and the best part is that you can access it by public transport. Visit the website for maps and trails.

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