Parks and Gardens Tour
Explore the best green areas in Barcelona
From old historical gardens to top-notch design parks, Barcelona has a superb collection of green areas. Let’s discover them together! Choose your favorite to create your custom garden tour, or mix them with your favorite tourist sites!
Our tours are private tours for your party only. No strangers joining your tours.
Get to skip the lines in all museums and sites. Don’t even buy tickets in advance.
Here are 4 suggested itineraries to chose from (4 hours each). Which one is your favorite?
Historical Parks and Gardens
Park Güell by Gaudi
Ciutadella Park (1888 World Fair)
Park of the Labyrinth (includes a charming cypress tree maze)
Parks and Gardens of the Montjuïc Hill
Cacti and Palm tree gardens of Costa i Llovera
Bulb park of Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer
Modernist gardens of the 1929 World Fair
Intimate gardens of the UpTown districts
Cervantes Rose garden
Royal Palace garden (includes 2 small pieces by a young Gaudi)
A selection of private gardens that became public parks
Contemporary design gardens
Diagonal Mar, by Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue
Poblenou Central, by Jean Nouvel
North Station park, land art by Beverly Peppers
Coastline green areas of the 1992 Olympics
Don’t hesitate asking me if you have a favorite site that I haven’t mentioned in this list!
Tour is available Mon-Sun.
DID YOU KNOW… That the Ciutadella Park used to be the only in town, and most people referred to it as “The Park”?
Here is some more information on some of these parks, to help you chose from:
Park Güell. The most famous park in Barcelona was never conceived to be a “park”, but a housing development in the style of the British Garden Cities. The project, masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí, Was a failure, and with the years it became property of the City Council. Here Gaudí aimed at mixing nature and architecture and was appear near in sustainability concepts.
Ciutadella Park . In 1888 Barcelona celebrated the first International Exhibition, and the premises of the former Citadel of the city where used to host the pavilions. The enclosure was embellished with waterfalls, promenades, sculptures, gardens and even a lake. Many bushes and trees brought by exotic countries were used later on to create the botanical collection of the Park.
Park of the Labyrinth. The nobleman that owned this real state in the area of Horta, transformed his garden into and allegory of Love. The cypress tree maze was its main feature, but he also created a water reservoir, a water channel, and decorated a shady part of the valley with all kind of romantic elements. It’s a hidden jewel, worth venturing beyond the beaten track.
Botanical Garden of Montjuïc. The new urban planning for the Olympics in 1992 affected the old botanical garden of Barcelona, and a new one was built near the Olympic facilities. The venue, awarded many design prices, is focused on the Mediterranean species: not just those around the Mediterranean sea, but also those from areas with similar weather characteristics in other continents.
Montjuïc Gardens. The Hill of Montjuïc is one of the city’s green lungs. The first gardens were created for the second World Fair in 1929, and new spaces have been opened since. You will find here intimate and quiet gardens, together with remarkable botanical collection such as the cacti garden Mossèn Costa i Llovera, and the bulb garden Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer .
Uptown parks. Many private gardens own by the local bourgeoisie have been bought by the City Council and opened to the public. They constitute elegant green spaces that now are part of the neighbors daily life. We can also visit the gardens of the Royal Palace, and the Cervantes rose garden with varieties that keep the park in constant blooming all year around.
Diagonal Mar Park. When the far end of the city was developed in 2004 to host a big international event, the Forum of Cultures, the new neighborhood needed to be provided with a high quality green space. Architects E. Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue where in charge of designing it, and they took into account the local’s needs and suggestions. Suggested visit: 30min.
Parc Central del Poblenou. Nearby, the working clas quarter of Poblenou was also going through a process of transformation and they also vindicated more nature. This time it was French Jean Nouvel who created a quiet garden that surprises you at every corner. Sustainability solutions where mixed with creative shapes that invite you to dream and relax. Suggested visit: 30min.