Party Earth Review For a peaceful escape from the city streets, Barcelona denizens step into the Parc de la Ciutadella where picnicking, jogging, or paddling rowboats on the lake are the order of the day. Acres of beautiful landscaped lawns... ... read full review
Passeig de Picasso
Arc de Triomf, Barceloneta, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica
La Ribera / El Born, Barcelona –
For a peaceful escape from the city streets, Barcelona denizens step into the Parc de la Ciutadella where picnicking, jogging, or paddling rowboats on the lake are the order of the day.
Acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and gardens are interspersed with architectural delights designed by the likes of Gaudí and Montaner, and together they make for a soothing and even educational stroll along the meandering pathways.
Important landmarks include the Castle of the Three Dragons by modernist architect Montaner, and Josep Fontsere’s splendid Cascada Fountain, designed with a little help from Antoni Gaudí.
There’s also an impressive statue of a giant woolly mammoth, although to see his descendants in the flesh requires a trip to Barcelona’s wonderful zoological gardens – which are also conveniently located within the ample grounds.
The park attracts an eclectic mix of people on the weekends – especially on Sunday evenings when hippies assemble en masse – and becomes the site of an impromptu music festival as hundreds of people play bongos, sing, juggle, or otherwise entertain the passersby.
Thankfully, for those who find bongo drums the instrumental version of the apocalypse, there are plenty of quiet nooks throughout Parc de la Ciutadella to simply relax and enjoy the Barcelona sun in peace.
Whether you walk or take the train, it’s best to approach the park from the direction of the Arc de Triomf. The arch is one of the city’s coolest monuments – walking through it, and then down the wide pedestrian boulevard of Passeig Lluís Companys, is an awesome way to arrive at your destination.
A mix of all ages, including a contingent of young hippies.
People often gather on the weekends to play music and dance.
Concession stands sell sandwiches, snacks, ice cream, and beverages.
Snacks and drinks €2+. Rowboat rental €7/hour. Zoo entrance €16.
Any day, but the park is liveliest on warm Saturday and Sunday evenings.