The Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the most important green spaces in the city. It is conveniently situated just a short distance from the former fishermen´s district of la Barceloneta and very close to the city centre, and so it has long been a favourite among the people of Barcelona for leisure activities and festive events.
Over the years its purpose changed, until it became the first area specifically designed to serve as a public park. The facilities are extensive (children´s play area, ping pong tables, toy library, boats for hire on the magnificent lake, bar, toitlets, dog area) and there is a wide range of attractions to tempt tourists and locals alike.
It is well worth taking a look at the sculptures from various periods (there is even one by a young Antoni Gaudí) by following a fascinating route along the paths, past fountains and all manner of vegetation. Other points of interest include a wide variety of catalogued trees, the brick and wood building known as the Umbracle, and the enormous greenhouse known as the Hivernacle.
Visitors may chose to enjoy a stroll and relax (bicycles can also be hired), or they may prefer to explore the Zoology and Geology Museums. The Parliament of Catalonia occupies an area of the park, as does the Zoo.
Source: Turisme de Barcelona & www.bcn.es/parcsijardins/
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