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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. To visit Ciutadella Park and get the most from your holiday in Barcelona, create itinerary details personal to you using our Barcelona vacation builder.
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  • How did I miss this the first time around? I guess I was focused on Gaudi and Picasso, not on the natural gems that are more about living and being in a city. How things change when you travel with a ...  more »
  • We stayed next to the Parc de la Ciutadella and passed it several times on our way to the Metro or the trams. It's a lovely little park with ponds (where you can rent rowing boats!), playing grounds a...  more »
  • The ambience created the sound of wildlife and everyday life interacting with each other makes this park a very peaceful location to rest for a little while. Beautiful art pieces placed around the par...  more »
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  • Great place to relax and sunbathe alone or with friends. I visited on the last bank holiday and had a picnic with a small group of friends. You'll find stalls in the park where you can buy snacks + ice cream and cold drinks. And fir kids there's a zoo in the park too. Lots of dog lovers frequent Ciutadella. Also you'll be approached by the beer sellers who sell cans of beer and in some cases samosas.
  • Nice park. A lot of people just hanging out and enjoying there spare time. Some really nice buildings which are unfortunately closed due to their need for renovation
  • My favorite park in the city. The playground is really nice for kids with communal toys in the morning and late afternoon. Great place to chill down.
  • Nice and breezy. Feel free to get comfortable with some friends and bath in the sun. Nice photo ops and lots of birds of which to take pics. There is a nice photo to be taken in the right side of the fountain half-way up the stairs.
  • This is an absolutely STUNNING park. A MUST for tourists and somewhere locals (for obvious reasons) go to regularly to relax or have a picnic. It's one of my favourite places in the city and a great alternative to the beach at weekends. The only thing I dislike is all of the people coming over trying to sell beer all of the time (if you take a seat on the grass), but this happens everywhere in Barcelona. It's a bit annoying but the park still gets a 5/5 as I have been to many parks but never one as beautiful as this one.