Hidden Gems: Barcelona’s Top Parks for LGBTQ Women visiting the city

In a vibrant and densely populated city like Barcelona, parks and gardens not only offer respite from urban bustle but also play a crucial role in environmental sustainability and the well-being of its residents. These green spaces act as lungs for the city, improving air quality, reducing pollution, and providing habitats for urban biodiversity. Additionally, they help mitigate the urban heat island effect, maintaining cooler temperatures during hot months.

Barcelona serves as a notable example of integrating green areas into urban planning. Beyond traditional parks, the city has embraced innovative solutions like vertical gardens. These green walls, found on various buildings and public spaces, beautify the environment while enhancing urban microclimates, reducing pollution, and promoting biodiversity.

Below is a curated list of some of Barcelona’s most beautiful parks, ranked from largest to smallest. Each park includes a brief description, its history, and details on access. These spaces are perfect for lesbian travelers and LGBTQ women seeking a green refuge amidst the city. Whether traveling with children for a stroll, with a loved one for a romantic outing, or alone for peaceful enjoyment, these parks offer diverse experiences.

Green Oases in the Urban Heart

The top 14 gardens and parks in Barcelona city

1. Ciutadella Park

Passeig de Picasso, No. 21, Barcelona

Ciutadella Park is one of Barcelona’s largest and most iconic parks. It houses the city zoo, a lake, museums, and an impressive waterfall. Ideal for strolling, picnicking, and outdoor activities.

History: Inaugurated in 1881, it was built on the former military fortress of La Ciutadella, dating back to 1714. Designed as the city’s first major green space for the 1888 Universal Exposition.

Open to the public and free.

2. Laberint d'Horta Park

Carrer d’Or Font i Quer, No. 2, Barcelona

Famous for its ancient cypress labyrinth, providing a unique and enjoyable experience. Besides the labyrinth, the park features neoclassical and romantic gardens, fountains, and statues.

History: Designed in 1791 by Italian architect Domenico Bagutti, it is the oldest preserved garden in the city, reflecting the tastes of Barcelona’s 18th-century aristocracy.

Open to the public with a small entrance fee, free on Wednesdays and Sundays.

3. Joan Maragall Gardens and Palauet Albéniz

Avinguda de l’Estadi, No. 69, Barcelona

Located in Montjuïc, these gardens surround Palauet Albéniz and exemplify a stately garden with well-maintained green areas, fountains, sculptures, and a serene atmosphere.

History: Designed in 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona, surrounding the palace serving as the official residence for visits by the Spanish royal family.

Open to the public and free, though it may be closed on special occasions.

4. Pedralbes Palace Gardens

Avinguda Diagonal, No. 686, Barcelona

Known for their elegance and tranquility, the Pedralbes Palace was the residence of the Spanish royal family in the 20th century, featuring extensive green areas and a fountain designed by Gaudí.

History: The gardens and palace were commissioned by Eusebi Güell in the early 20th century and later donated to the Spanish crown. Antonio Gaudí also contributed to the garden’s design.

Open to the public and free.

5. Guinardó Parc

Carrer del Panorama, Barcelona

Guinardó Park offers spectacular views of Barcelona from its hills. Ideal for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, with numerous trails and paths.

History: Opened in 1918, it is one of Barcelona’s historical parks, redesigned several times to meet the needs of the modern city while preserving its natural character.

Open to the public and free.

6. Creueta del Coll Parc

Passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, No. 77, Barcelona

This park features a large public swimming pool, a major attraction during the summer. It also includes picnic areas and a monumental sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.

History: Opened in 1987, the park was created in a former quarry, transforming an industrial space into a recreational area for local residents.

Open to the public and free, though some areas may have fees.

7. Joan Brossa Gardens

Plaça de Dante, No. 9999, Barcelona

Located on Montjuïc Mountain, these gardens are dedicated to the poet Joan Brossa. They offer panoramic views of the city, featuring various sculptures and play areas for children.

History: Inaugurated in 2003, the gardens were designed to honor the Catalan poet Joan Brossa, incorporating playful and artistic elements into their design.

Open to the public and free.

8. Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Gardens

Avinguda Miramar, No. 30, Barcelona

Also situated on Montjuïc, these gardens are renowned for their wide variety of aquatic plants and flowers. Ideal for peaceful walks and picnics.

History: Inaugurated in 1970 in honor of the Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer, primarily dedicated to aquatic and ornamental plants.

Open to the public and free.

Detalle del Jardín vertical de Tarradellas (Pere Guiu)

9. Tamarita Gardens

Passeig de Santa Gervasi, No. 47, Barcelona

Tamarita Gardens offer a tranquil oasis in the city, featuring formal garden design and well-maintained green areas. Perfect for relaxation.

History: Originally part of a private estate in the 19th century, designed by Nicolau Rubió i Tudurí. Now a public space open to all.

Open to the public and free.

10. Palau de les Heures Gardens

Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron, No. 171, Barcelona

Located in the Horta-Guinardó district, these gardens surround the Palau de les Heures and include green areas, ponds, and sculptures.

History: Built in the late 19th century around Palau de les Heures, these gardens were designed in a formal French style, a hidden gem of the city.

Open to the public and free.

11. Julio Muñoz Foundation Gardens

Carrer de Muntaner, No. 282, Barcelona

The Julio Muñoz Foundation Gardens feature a rich variety of plants and sculptures, offering a tranquil environment ideal for strolling and relaxation.

History: These gardens were part of businessman Julio Muñoz Ramonet’s residence and have been opened to the public as part of the foundation bearing his name, dedicated to promoting culture and art.

Open to the public and free.

Parque Cervantes -rosas

12. Cervantes Park

Avinguda Diagonal, No. 706, Barcelona

Famous for its collection of roses, with over 10,000 rose bushes of different varieties. A popular spot for walks and picnics.

History: Inaugurated in 1965, Cervantes Park is renowned for its Rose Garden, an international reference for the diversity and beauty of its roses.

Open to the public and free.

13. Hivernacle de la Ciutadella

Ciutadella Park, Barcelona

This historic greenhouse is part of Ciutadella Park and houses a variety of tropical plants. An intriguing place for botanical enthusiasts.

History: Built in 1884, the Hivernacle is an iron and glass structure restored to preserve its original charm. Recently rehabilitated to its 1888 greenhouse model. When you go, look up and notice the decorative elements of the facade: they are the floral and vegetable motifs designed by the Catalan modernist Alexander Riqué.

Open to the public and free.

14. Golondrina Gardens

Carrer de Montevideo, No. 45, Barcelona

These gardens are small yet charming, with shaded areas and benches for relaxation. Perfect for a quiet break amid urban hustle.

History: Opened in the 1980s, designed to provide green space in a densely urbanized area.

Open to the public and free.

Although not strictly classified as a garden, orchards can also be considered ornamental spaces. For this reason, I would like to highlight the Medieval Orchard of Barcelona, located at the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes, where ‘l’hort petit’ is found. This medieval orchard has recently been recognized by the European Heritage Hub as one of the top ten European practices in cultural heritage. Here, characteristic species from medieval Europe are cultivated, and agricultural techniques of that era are experimented with. It serves both as a learning space and a cultural one, offering a unique perspective on medieval horticulture within a monastic environment. It is definitely worth a visit to explore this fascinating aspect of European history.

November is an ideal time to visit Barcelona’s parks. With pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and the chance to enjoy autumnal colors, these parks offer a unique experience. Capture special moments with cameras, enjoy cultural activities, and immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere prepared for the holiday season. Take advantage of this season to discover the natural beauty and tranquility these spaces offer. Explore and enjoy these wonderful natural spaces for yourself! Don’t wait to hear about it—book your November trip now with LESMON, your boutique agency for lesbian and LGBTQ women!

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