Get lost in maze, hop on a miniature steam train or take in the roses at one of these unique parks in Barcelona.
Parc del Castell de L’Oreneta
Getting there: 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 Plaça Catalunya).
This park offers a fantastic day out for families. Built in 1978 on the site where 2 factories once stood, this extensive park overlooks Barcelona from a hillside in Sarrià. There are several playgrounds, climbing frames, pony riding and miniature trains. Ponies are hired with an instructor and you can also 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.
Visit website: Parc del Castell de L’Oreneta
Open: 10:00h till dusk.
Pony Rides: 10am to 2pm (Sat, Sun, Public Holidays). Train rides from 11am to 2pm on Sundays and holidays except August.
Parc del Laberint d’ Horta
Getting there: Passeig dels Catanyers 1, Guinardo Metro: Mundet L3 (Not Horta) then approx. 300m uphill walk. Bus 27, 60, 73, 76.
One of the most attractive parks in Barcelona 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.
Open: 10:00 till sunset
Price: Adult 2.23€. Under 14’s 1.42€. Free on Wednesdays and Sundays, November to March.
El Parc de Cervantes and el Roserar Rose Park
Getting there: Av. Esplugues, 20. Metro: L3 Zona Universitaria.
This pretty park is located at the top end of Avenida Diagonal a 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. Next door to the Parc de Cervantes is el Roserar, a small park packed with an incredible variety of roses. Every year in 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.
Open: 10am – Sunset