Barcelona has numerous parks. They are great alternatives to the city’s beaches and are among the top attractions. If you prefer greenery, you can hike Park Collsera or admire the city blooming botany collection at the Park of Montjuïc. You can also enjoy antique and modern roller coasters in the Tibidabo Amusement Park or check out the animals at the Park de la Ciutadella’s Zoo.
(Address: Carretera de l’Església, 92, 08017 / Phone:+34 932 80 35 52)
Located in the hills of the Zona Alta, this park is perhaps the best place to jog, bike, or hike within the city bounds. Picnic benches, snack huts, and small eateries fill the park. This is the perfect place to get some outdoor exercise or grab a bite with family or friends. Other selling points are the medieval ruins, old country houses, and Romanesque churches. Park Collsera is teeming with culture and leisure.
Ciutadella Park & the Barcelona Zoo
(Address: Pg Picasso, 21, 08018 / Phone:+34 934 13 24 00)
Parc de la Ciutadella is the place to be if you are searching for some green breather right in the center of the city. The park was originally a military fortress. It was used as the main grounds for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The park turns into a nice multicultural hippie-fest every Sunday, with the occasional improvised conga line and massive drum circles.
The park houses the Museu de Zoologia, the Museu de Geologia, small aboreta, and zoo. This zoo is pretty popular among children as well as adults. What’s more, entrance fees are very reasonable.
(Address: Plaça Tibidabo, 3-4, 08035 / Phone:+34 932 11 79 42)
With rides dispersed over the Tibidabo mountain slopes, this amusement park will give you a great excuse to climb the city’s highest peak for a breathtaking view of the city and the Pyrenees. You can even see the Baleares Islands on a very nice day. Here, you can enjoy diverse attractions, from antique rides and fairground from the twenties to modern roller coasters.
Montjuic Park is a park that was seemingly developed for the enjoyment of kids. There are much to explore in this park: an 18th century castle with imposing views of the Mediterranean, a museum filled with fabulous sculptures and paintings by Joan Miro, and shady gardens with fountains. It also has picnic areas and playgrounds, so relax and bring a picnic lunch.