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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  • 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.

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