Top 8 Parks, Gardens & Green Oases In Barcelona

Escape the bustling city life to catch a breath of fresh air at one of the many green oases Barcelona has to offer.

Barcelona offers a plethora of green spaces where locals and visitors alike can retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. From sprawling gardens to charming hideaways, Barcelona’s parks are diverse, full of life, and have one-of-a-kind breathtaking views. Among the numerous parks scattered throughout the city, many stand out for their unique features, historical significance, and picturesque landscapes.


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Ciutadella Park

Passeig de Picasso, 21, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Originally constructed as a military citadel in 1715, Ciutadella Park is where you can escape the bustling city streets and get a breath of fresh air. Wander through lush gardens, admire the monumental Cascada fountain, and rent a rowboat to leisurely paddle around the park’s picturesque lake. Don’t miss the iconic Arc de Triomf, which serves as a grand entrance to this green oasis. The park also houses the Barcelona Zoo, making it a popular destination for families and animal lovers alike.

Ciutadella Park
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Park Güell

Gràcia, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Built in 1900, this was also designed by Antoni Gaudí, Park Güell was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. This park is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona, ​​spanning over 17 hectares. Explore its mosaic-covered terrace, take a stroll along the famous Serpentine Bench, and make sure to snap a photo of the colorful mosaic salamander, known as “El Drac,” guarding the entrance.

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Parc del Turó

Av. de Pau Casals, 19, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08021 Barcelona, Spain

Since the early 1900s, Parc del Turó has been one of Barcelona’s most legendary parks. Here, unmatched architecture can be found, thanks to its origins as an amusement park on a large estate owned by the Bertrand-Girona family. The gardens were planted to be dedicated to poet Eduard Marquina. Its main entrance features a sculpture devoted to cellist Pau Casals. Visitors can wander through tree-lined pathways, admire the colorful flowers in bloom, or simply relax with a great book on a bench.

Parc del Turo website
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Parc Central de Nou Barris

Plaça Major de Nou Barris, 1, Nou Barris, 08042 Barcelona, Spain

Parc Central de Nou Barris spans over 17 hectares making it the second largest park in the city. Open since 1999, the park’s lush green spaces are ideal for leisurely strolls, picnics, or outdoor workouts. Ideal for families with young children, there are two large whale sculptures, climbing nets, slides, and other play areas for kids to explore. There are also frequent events, concerts, and festivals throughout the year, fostering a sense of community. To learn more about Barcelona, discover the 7 biggest malls in the city.

Parc del Mirador del Poble-sec

Passeig de Montjuïc, 28, Sants-Montjuïc, 08005 Barcelona, Spain

The concept for Parc del Mirador del Poble-sec came from people frequently climbing this small mountain for barbecues and for its fantastic view. This scenic overlook, lined with palm trees and other foliage, is a great spot to watch the sunset or enjoy a lovely picnic. Visitors can relax in its recreational spaces shaded by trees and in a stunning pergola covered in vines. Children can make new friends in one of the many play areas available or learn about pond life at the end of a waterfall.

Parc de l’Espanya Industrial

Carrer de Muntadas, 1, Sants-Montjuïc, 08014 Barcelona, Spain

Formerly a textile factory founded by the Muntadas family in 1847, Parc de l’Espanya Industrial features wide promenades, lush gardens, and a scenic lake. A large sports center (also known as Espanya Industrial) was built here for the 1992 Olympic Games. Travelers can find El drac, an immense dragon with open wings and a tail falling into the pool created by Basque sculptor Andrés Nagel. Architect Luis Peña Ganchegui designed this green space along with the nine lighthouse towers.

Parc de Cervantes

Av. Diagonal, 706, Les Corts, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

The Parc de Cervantes is named after Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. There are two monoliths, one made of stone dedicated to the writer and diplomat Àngel Ganivet, and the other of marble, in homage to Concha Espina. Travelers seeking to sunbathe or simply seeking to relax under the sun will find this park to be exquisite. Its rose garden is unforgettable, with over 10,000 rose bushes, making it excellent for an aromatic leisurely stroll. With its tranquil setting and floral abundance, Parc de Cervantes is a paradise for nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts alike.

Parque de Cervantes Website
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Parc del Clot

Carrer dels Escultors Claperós, 55, 63, Sant Martí, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

Parc del Clot was created by sinking the train tracks to the RENFE station and leaving most of its former walls, in turn becoming one of its most unique features. There are also playgrounds for children, a basketball court, and goal posts for football. A picturesque lake can be found near the frame of the former building, where water pours out in thick curtains like a waterfall when it rains. Click here to uncover the best way to spend 48 hours in Barcelona.

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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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