Jardins de la Maternitat:
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
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 Diagonal Mar : Next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre on Av. Diagonal Metro: El Maresme / Forum (L4)
Parc Infantil del Forum: Barcelona Forum Metro: El Maresme / Forum (L4)
Parc de Montjuïc:
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
Parc de Collserola
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
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
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
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.
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
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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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