Barcelona has a great variety of parks and green spaces. As well as offering a break from the city traffic, many are designed with children's playgrounds and other family activities.

See the below menu for details of parks and gardens in Barcelona


 Parc de la Ciutadella

parcciutadella.jpgOne of the oldest city parks (declared an historic monument in 1951) with over 43 acres of greenery.

The park hosts many outdoor events throughout the year including the International Day of the Family in May and an outdoor circus festival during La Merce in September. It is one of the best spots to take children to within the city for the greenery alone. From the park you can also access the Museum of Natural History and Science and the Barcelona Zoo. There is also an ornate iron and glass plant housing sub tropical plants.

parcciutadellamammouth.jpgFor kids, there are 3 playground areas and the main playground near the duck pond hosts a free young children’s outdoor Ludoteca, All types of toys are put out for the children to play with and workshops are organised by the monitors at the centre.  Along the Pg. Pujades side of the park, there is table- tennis if you feel like bringing your own bat and balls. As well as duck feeding at the park’s lake, you can also hire rowing boats. There are also a couple of kiosks for drinks and ice creams. The one at the fountain makes a good place to stop as not only is the fountain itself worth contemplating, you will sometimes find the bandstand occupied by dancers or musicians. Family-style bikes (4-5 seaters) can be hired from the bike rental shop opposite the Entrance on Pg. Picasso with Marqués de l’Argentera.

Entrances at: Pg. Picasso / Pg. Pujades / C. Wellington. Open 10:00h till sunset. Metro: Arc de Triomph (L1), Barceloneta (L4)

Ludoteca de la Ciutadella

The Ludoteca at the Park is a free of charge open play space recommended for ages 0-5 yrs.
Opening times are Mon-Fri from 11am-1.30pm and 4pm-6pm.
Monday workshops: Observation and Experimentation - planting, insects, games with senses.
Wednesday workshops: Recycling, nature, toymaking.
Friday workshops:Crafts and discovery.
Later afternoon summer opening time of 5pm to 7pm from 1st May to 14th Sep.
Closed on Holidays except on 24th September (Festival de La Mercè).

  • City Centre Parks
  • Parks near the Sea
  • Parks of Montjuïc
  • Parks on the Outskirts
  • Horta & Sant Marti Parks

Jardins de la Maternitat:


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. Travessera de Les Corts / Maternitat / Doctor Salvador Cardenel. Metro: Les Corts (L3)

Parc Güell:

The unique and famous Gaudi park that overlooks Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally conceived as a “Garden City” for Barcelona’s affluent away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. Gaudi worked on the project until it was abandoned in 1914. The park along with Gaudi’s pink, fairy-tale style house is a curious and wonderful place to visit with kids. They will also appreciate the spectacular views over the city. Daily 9am till dark. C. d'Olot

Jardins de La Vila Santa Amelia

 

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. Entrance: Eduardo Conde or C. de Santa Amelia, Sarria.

Turó Parc  (Jardins del Poeta Eduard Marquina)

Just a short walk up from Diagonal you will find the entrance to Turo Parc, a shaded oasis from the ciy traffic with pond and 2 children's playgrounds.  The separate playground for younger children has a wooden boat and small house to climb around on. The larger play area has 2 slides, swings (including ones with young children's restraints) and plenty of climbing frames.  A clean and quiet park with plenty of tree-lined paths to take a stroll and an outdoor cafeteria serving drinks, food and cakes.  Pau de Casals (Francesc Macia).

Parc de La Creuta del Coll

Park that is best visited during summer as its main feature is an outdoor paddling pool some grassy areas and shade. There is also a cafeteria and children’s play park. Opens last 3rd weekend in June till mid September. See also Barcelona Swimming Pools.  Passeig de La Mare de Deu de Coll 89, Gracia
Metro: Lesseps/Valcara then bus.

Jardins de La Vila Santa Cecilia

Pretty gardens in Sarria just above Pl. Maria Cristina on Diagonal, that offers a great variety of attractions. The children's playground is divided into 4 different areas: a wooden play area suitable for very young children, a swing zone including 2 with harnesses, and 2 more with colourful wooden climbing frames with slides and other nooks and crannies. The park also has fountains and a cafe. Lots of shade.  Eduardo Conde or C. de Santa Amelia, Sarria.

Parc Ddiagonalmarparc.jpgiagonal Mar : Next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre on Av. Diagonal Metro: El Maresme / Forum (L4)
Grassy area in the midst of the residential area of Diagonal Mar. Children’s play park and Magic Mountain of slides and toboggans.

Parc Infantil del Forum: Barcelona Forum Metro: El Maresme / Forum (L4)
Fairground-style park in grounds of 1,500m2 at the Barcelona Forum. Playground area with swings, slides as well as creative play for children. Close to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre. Open:11.30am, Price: €2.00

Parc de Montjuïc:

monjuic-park

The hill of Montjuic is made up of several small parks and green areas, cultural centres and attractions and is a great place to head to for some fresher air and great views over the city.   One of the easiest ways to visit Montjuic it is to take the Parc Montjuic bus or otherwise the Montjuic funicular from its departure point at the Parallel Metro station L4. It is an uphill train one stop train ride that takes you to Montjuic in a few minutes. There is an information centre when you come out of the station. From here you can also take the Téléferica Cable Car up to the castle (170m) and enjoy some great views over Barcelona’s city and port.

Just behind the furnicular station and uphill from the cable car entrance is the lovely gardens, the Jardins de Mossen Cinto Verdaguer that overlook the city.   As well as plenty of grass and shaded areas,  there is large pond which offers a nice place for a picnic and play.

Across the road from the park's entrance you can access the neighbouring park of Jardins Joan Brossa.  This is a popular park for hosting children's parties as the wooden playground together with sand pulleys, climing frames and water pumps makes for a novel place to play.  You can also take a walk along the path leading away from the playground where you will evenutally come to a great rope climbing zone. On the otherside of the wooden playground and slightly down hill there is a also an exciting "flying fox" or zip wire which kids (and adults!) can play on.

Once on Montjuic you can easily visit the Olympic stadium, Poble espanyol and the Museu Olimpic i de Esports as well as the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and the Joan Miró foundation.

Parc del Mirador de Migdia:

On the hilltop of Montjuic, stands the imposing Castell de Montjuic, Barcelona's castle, which now houses the Military museum and the Museum of Comics and Illustration . A pleasant walk around the castle's perimeter and the Mirador del Migdia, offers you some great views of the city.  You can also stop for a relaxing drink and a barbecue lunch at the lovely outdoor bar of  La Caseta del Migdia.  See Barcelona Family Attractions for more information on the castle.  Downhill from the castle's drawbridge entrance lies a small children's playground with a "chiringuito" café which features two super long slides which are sure offer a thrilling experience to the kids.

Parc de Joan Miró:

This park by Pl. España features lots 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 drinks and sandwich kiosk open daily.  The park also has a separate area for dogs, a large rope climbing frame, flying fox zip wire and roller skating area. There is a grassy area on one side between the park and the road. Access from C. Tarragonna/C. Arago/C. Disputacio Metro: Espanya

Jardí Botànic - Botanical Gardens

Overlooking Barcelona, these peaceful gardens provide a quiet respite from the city below. Divided by continent, the gardens have a wealth of plant life to  discover and organise workshops and guided visits for families on a regular basis.

Open: 10am to 6pm weekdays (8pm weekends); 10am to 8pm every day during summer; 5pm closure every day Oct-Mar
Price: Adult 3€; FREE Under 16’s and FREE last Sunday of month. Dr Font I Quer, 2 Parc de Montjuic
Metro: Furnicular to Montujic from Parallel or Bus. Metro Espanya (L3 or L1) then Montjuic bus 50/55 or Parc montjuic Bus
http://www.jardibotanic.bcn.es

Parc de Collserola

collserola-park

The Collserola park is an immense natural park that is within a 15 min. reach from the centre of Barcelona. 17km long and 6km wide bordering the River Besos to the North and the the Valley of Llobregat to the South, the park offers a wonderful excursion possiblity for families.  The best starting point is to head to he Information Centre at the Parc de Vallvidrera which has a cafe and bird information centre and from where you collserollawalks.jpgcan follow a network of small paths that lead you through the woodland.

The park is also the location of Can Coll, a masia (rural farmhouse) with a farm that is open to the public on Sundays and holidays.  There are plenty of areas for picnics and some great miradors with wonderful views.  With over 8,000 hectares to explore, the park is a green area half the size of the city of Barcelona and right on your doorstep.  In fact half the population of Catalunya lives within 10km of the park.  The information will supply maps and recommend walks that are suitable for your children's ages. You may also organise guided visits as a group with other parents.

See the park's website for access details. http://www.parccollserola.net/. Crta. de l'Esglèsia, 92. Tel. 93 280 3552.  The Information Centre is open 9.30am to 3pm daily and is can be found up the steps as you enter the park from the Baixador de Vallvidrera stop on the FGC train (S1/S2) from Pl. Catalunya.

Parc del Castell de L’Oreneta

Parc de l'Oreneta

Another great park for families and built in 1978 on the site where 2 factories once stood, this fabulous park overlooks Barcelona from a hillside in Sarria. There are various playgrounds, climbing frames, pony riding and miniature trains! Ponies are hired with an instructor but you can then take your child around the track on your own.

The different trains powered by electric, diesel or steam locomotion take you for over 1/2 km on a leisurely ride through the park past stations, crossings and through tunnels.  You can also enjoy a meal with a view at the Bellavista Mirador Forestal. An outdoor Rotisserie restaurant within the park that overlooks the city. Open 11am-6pm at weekends (food from 1pm), Reservations Tel. 600 748 470, See website for details. Camino de Can Caralleu, Pg de la Blada, Av. de Espasa, C de Gaspar Cassadó, El lateral de la ronda de Dalt. FGC Train: S6 Reina Elisenda (From Plaza Catalunya). Open: 10:00h till dus
Pony Rides: €5.00, 10am to 2pm (Sat, Sun, Public Holidays).  Train from 11am to 2pm on Sundays and holidays except August: €1.50.

El Parc de Cervantes y el Roserar (Rose Park)

A pretty park located at the top end of Av. Diagonal that features a  children’s playground, picnic benches and outdoor ludoteca where toys are put out in mornings and late afternoon.  The park is worth a visit if you are staying in the uptown area. Av. Esplugues, 20. Metro: L3 Zona Universitaria. Tel. 93 428 3934
Open: 10am – Sunset

El Parc de Cervantes Ludoteca:

Next to the Parc de Cervantes is el Roserar, a small park packed with an incredible variety of roses. Every year from the 6th - 8th of May, the Barcelona International New Rose Competition is held here. The event features floral demonstrations and stands as well as live music and the chance to wander around the beautiful roses on display.

Parc del Laberint d’ Horta

Passeig dels Catanyers 1, Guinardo  Metro: Mundet L3 (NOT Horta) then approx.
300m uphill walk;  10:00 till sunset
€1.90 (Free Weds. & Sun if visit under 1hr)

One of the most beautiful parks in the city with 9 hectares of greenery featuring an impressive maze, peacocks and the romantic gardens.  The park was built in the 18th century on different levels with stairways, pavillions and statues of mythological figures decorating the gardens.  Although food is not allowed,  there is a picnic area and good-sized children’s playground on the outskirts of the park for families to enjoy

Parc de Les Aigües

El Savi, Tous
Horta-Guinardó
Metro: Alfons X (L4)

Next to the metro of Alfons X is a the lovely walled Parc de les Aigues. 

The park feels like a real secret garden with its greenery and blanket of  trees that block out its urban surroundings. Children will enjoy the various different areas of the park which, in the traditional Catalan style, are divided by stone wall-lined terraces.  As well as two small children's playgrounds there is also a designated picnic zone which with its benched tables and shade is a popular location for children's parties

 Parc de Sant Martí

Access from Ronda de Sant Martí and Carrer de Menorca, Carrer de l'Agricultura and Carrer de Huelva. Metro: L3 Sant Martí. Open: 24 hours

Masia de Can Cadena visit: Saturday and Sunday mornings 10am to 2pm

This park was created with the remainder of the farmland until the mid 1900's dominated the area of Sant Martí. 3 of the original stone farmhouses still stand, of which Ca l'Arnó, Can Planas and Can Cadena.  As well as a large square where concerts and outdoor cinema are sometimes scheduled, this small park has a children's playground. 
The park extends behind the Can Cadena farmhouse with a larger grassy area, trees and a duck pond.  

The neighbourhood is not the prettiest and the park itself may well have seen better days. What is unique about this park is the small allotment area attached to Can Cadena where retirees tend the vegetables and care for a collection of farmyard animals.

Children can learn about organic farming techniques and see the geese, chickens and sheep that are kept on the land.

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