Ciutadella Park, Barcelona

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Since its opening in the mid-19th century, Ciutadella Park has remained one of the most popular green areas in the city. The sprawling park covers 280,000 sq m (70 acres), with a manmade lake, a zoo, sporting areas, the Parliament of Catalonia building, museums, and Josep Fontserè's iconic fountain. Travel down the garden paths that ribbon through the foliage, or stay on the pathways where you'll see performers practicing on a tightrope, juggling, or playing music. Small signs at the base of the trees and plants label the park's different types of vegetation. Use our Barcelona trip builder to visit Ciutadella Park on your trip to Barcelona, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is worth walking, is not very big and has a lake that can be navigated with small boats. The nicest thing is the staircase and the waterfall. It ends or begins in a triumphal arch. There are many sellers of blankets and souvenirs in price in the area.
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  • Great spot for a picnic or to hang out with friends on the grass. Absolutely beautiful scenery and well worth a stroll!  more »
  • Descendant of the arc de triomphe we arrive in this beautiful park. Nice family atmosphere and tourist. Super beautiful Fountain, the mammoth is class. The small lake in a boat in lovers romantic top. We were four but we feasted. 10 euros for 30 minutes. Really nice this place
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  • Lots to see and do in the park. You will find groups of people doing almost anything you can think of from slack lining to playing musical instruments. Often a distinct smell of marijuana.
  • My favourite park in Europe. It's so full of life, it's unbelievable. There are people dancing, children playing, and the nature is simply amazing. It's also a great place for taking awesome pictures in Barcelona.
  • After visiting the sagrada familia we decided to wander around the area and take in parts of Barcelona that aren't on the tourist trail. After meandering down some random roads we stumbled across this amazing little park. A refreshing refuge in the city! A perfect place to sit down and relax, picnic maybe? Within this park there is an amazing fountain to behold (you can also walk upon it and see it from the top), Barcelona Zoo and plenty of gardens to check out. A recommended park to add to your itinerary - maybe even walk down to there after you visit the church?
  • A spectacular place to walk around. I was alone the day I was here, but with the rich history you feel everything but alone. Walking the steps to the top of the monument is not a problem at all. The steps are very wide and there is plenty of space to sit for those that are slower on their feet, but be awer that once you get to the top you have to come down.
  • A magnificent park where you can relax and enjoy it's beauty. You can also rent small boats (like kayak but not exactly) and go around in the lake, watch the birds and ducks etc. Great place! Well worth a visit!

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Because the city's metro system makes traveling from area to area relatively painless, you have more flexibility in choosing a place to stay. Barceloneta, the neighborhood surrounding the city beach is somewhat removed from the city center, making its hotels popular with families. Only a 15-minute walk from the center, Barceloneta has a more laid-back beach atmosphere but still offers several restaurants and entertainment options. Farther away from the beach and closer to the city center, El Born is a charming neighborhood well-known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Eixample is also popular as it is more central and home to some of the city's best shopping and tourist sites, including La Sagrada Familia. For a more traditional experience, consider staying in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Old Barcelona. This picturesque neighborhood boasts a tight network of historical architecture with boutique hotels and traditional restaurants.
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