Each city has its green area where locals and tourists like to rest and enjoy the sun. Barcelona’s “green lung” is the Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Cuitadella), in the Ciutat Vella district. This park wasn’t created from scratch. Before, lied a military citadel built a century earlier by Philip V. This citadel was demolished in 1869. In 1888 the area was adapted to the needs of the Universal Exhibition by the architect Josep Fontseré, who built amongst others the waterfall and the lake. Don’t miss the Castell dels Tres Dragons (“Castel of the three dragons”) designed by Domènech i Montaner on the occasion of the same exhibition and which now hosts the zoological museum.
The Ciutadella Park offers activities for everyone. Whether you just feel like visiting the architectural part of the park or having a walk and relax with your family, there is always a spot for you!
Let’s discover what this fabulous park has to offer.
Josep Fontseré took 6 years to build this impressive waterfall which was finally inaugurated in 1881. Antoni Gaudi is said to have participated to this huge project. You’ll probably recognize his mark on rocks and decorative motifs. Ornaments were added by Catalan artists after the inauguration. Face the waterfall and observe the majestic statue “The Birth of Venus” by Venanci Vallmitjana. This central element of the Ciutadella’s waterfall is protected by four griffins. Right above this central statue you’ll find “La Quadriga de l’Aurora” by Rossend Nobas, another magestic piece of art.
A few meters away from the waterfall, you’ll find a lake. This place is just perfect for a romantic moment, it's so peaceful. You’ll be able to see fishes swim and if you are lucky, you may even catch sight of turtles. Small boats are available for rent (30m for 6€) for a short and calm jaunt, away from buzzing Barcelona. Ideal for lovers!
Don’t miss this imposing almost Germanic-like building built by Próspero de Verboom with stones from Montjuïc. Initially thought to be an arsenal, this building was then converted into a Parliament after the democracy reinstatement.
With more than 7,000 animals from 400 different species it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in family. Your kids will love the dolphin show for sure!
Located in the Castell dels Tres Dragons, these museums allow you to discover and understand the natural world. Pretty fun, they provide special exhibits for the youngest.
This is, of course, a non-exhaustive list of all the things you can do in the Ciutadella park! To start with, simply go for a walk, relax and discover these sites. You may run into unexpected things, like a giant mammoth! Locals often gather there and listen to music or simply enjoy a little “siesta” on the grass.
Address: Passeig Picasso, 1
The Ciutadella Park provides numerous services such as refreshment stands, public toilets, ping-pong tables and a children area.
If you have a dog, an area has been created especially for it!
Have lunch in the park, a picnic area is waiting to welcome you!
Bus: 14, 39, 41, 42, 51, 141 to Parc de la Ciutadella
Metro: L4 Ciutadella Villa Olimpica Station or L1 Arc de Triomf station
Tram: T4 Ciutadella Villa Olimpica Station
Vesping: Select the spot in the GPS.
Climb the steps on the waterfall’s side and enjoy a beautiful view over the Ciutadella Park.
If you want to rent a small boat to go on the lake, note that it costs 6€ for two persons!