Take a break from the city streets and pay a visit to one of Barcelona’s fabulous parks and gardens.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Getting there: Entrances at: Pg. Picasso / Pg. Pujades / C. Wellington. Open 10:00h till sunset. Metro: Arc de Triomph (L1), Barceloneta (L4)
You can’t miss a visit to the Parc de la Ciutadella with kids. One of the oldest of the city’s parks, hosting many outdoor events throughout the year, the park is also where you need to head for the Barcelona Zoo. Children can enjoy 2 playgrounds with the main one near the duck pond setting out toys and games in the morning and afternoons. You can feed the ducks or hire a rowing boat, grab a drink or an icecream at one of the kiosk cafés and watch outdoor music at the bandstand during the summer evenings. Family (4-5 seaters) bikes can be hired from the rental shop opposite the Entrance of Passeig Picasso with Marqués de l’Argentera.
Parc de Joan Miró
Getting there: Entrances from C. Tarragonna/C. Arago/C. Disputació. Metro: Espanya (L1)
This park by Plaça España does not offer grass but is home to plenty of play areas for kids including a separate are for under 5’s. You can also take a look around the Biblioteca de Joan Miro library with its good children’s section located in the park and take a break at the chiringuito café open daily. The park also has a separate area for dogs, a large rope climbing frame, zip wire, basketball court and roller skating area.
Jardins de la Maternitat
Getting there: Travessera de Les Corts / Maternitat / Doctor Salvador Cardenel. Metro: Les Corts (L3)
Peaceful gardens in the grounds of the Hospital de la Maternitat. Despite the “keep of the grass” signs there are invariably sunbathers, readers or children playing on the gardens’ well-kept grassy areas. There is a chioce of 2 children’s playgrounds – one in a dip in the centre of the park for younger children and another higher up at the back of the gardens with a wooden train and climbing for older children. Lots of trees, plants, benches and paths make the gardens a nice option for a safe and quiet walk with kids away from the city roads.
Jardins de La Vila Santa Amelia
Getting there: Eduardo Conde or C. de Santa Amelia in Sarrià
Opposite the Jardins de la Vila Santa Cecilia are the gardens of Santa Ameilia. The park houses the Centre Civic of Sarria with its cafe, bar, function room and just outside Espai infantil. The Espai is a great Ludoteca (Tel. 93 276 1041) with an indoor and outdoor play area. In the summer, day camps are organised and during the rest of the year you can accompany your child from 0-6 years and play with all the toys for free.
Parc de Les Aigües
Getting there: Plaça d’Alfons el Savi, Tous. Horta-Guinardó. Metro: Alfons X (L4)
Next to the metro station Alfons X is a the lovely walled Parc de les Aigues. The park is like a secret garden with a wall of trees that hide you from the urban surroundings. Children can enjoy the various areas of the park which are divided by stone wall-lined terraces in traditional Catalan style. As well as two small children’s playgrounds, there is also a designated picnic zone which with its benched tables and shade making this a popular location for children’s parties.
Parc de Sant Martí
Getting there: Entrance from Ronda de Sant Martí and Carrer de Menorca, Carrer de l’Agricultura and Carrer de Huelva. Metro: L3 Sant Martí