Barcelona Parks and Zoo
The parks and open air retreats within the city offer all ages points of fantasy and often inspiration. The influences of art and artists such as Picasso, Gaudi, and Miro may be seen everywhere. The city invites discovery and for a starting point Short-stay Apartments Barcelona offers a short list of parks not-to-be-missed.
Magic Fountain of Montjuic – Font Magica of Palau Nacional. The fountain was built by Carles Buigas, and its first performance took place in 1929 during the Great Universal Exhibition. Today it is still possible to enjoy the choreographed synergy of light, color, water, motion, and music presented on select nights determined by the season. (Av de la Reina Maria Christina)
Spanish Crafts Village - Poble Espanyol. Part of the famous Montjuïc complex, the 12-acre heritage village contains more than 100 typical buildings representing all regions of Spain including Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, Galicia and Basque Country. Throughout the complex artisans practice and display crafts typical to their region. Find leather goods, silverware, hand-blown glass, ceramics and espadrilles of course. Within the Children’s Village there are special shows, games and storytelling sessions. Discounts are offered for children 12 and younger as well as for seniors. (Avinguda del Marques de Comillas Poble Espanyol Tel: 93 622 03 76 ( www.poble-espanyol.com)
Zoo Barcelona – Parc Zoologic. Located in Parc de la Ciutadella, this vintage zoo design has many contemporary advantages still in use today including a garden like setting, moats and many natural barriers to contain but not trap animals. Onsite visitors will find dolphin shows, electric car transportation, a train for youngsters, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The zoo offers reduced rates for children and seniors. (Parc de la Ciutadella Tel: 93 225 67 80 or (www.zoobarcelona.com)
Parc Güell - Quirky city park space. The panoramic views offered from this location span the city and include the port as well as Tibidabo and Collserola. Gaudi’s work is presented throughout the park beginning with the fairy-tale themed entrance pavilions. Ornamental dragons and snakes adorn viaducts, steps, walkways while the famous serpentine bench frames the market square. (Olot 7, Vallacarca 93 219 38 11 or (www.sagradafamilia.org)
And a promise of return? The custom has it that if your take a sip of water from the Font de Canaletes on La Rambla de Canaletes it will ensure that you will forever be connected to the positive energy and creativity of Barcelona and will one day return.
Note: This information was accurate at time of posting. Because things often change, we suggest that you confirm details directly with the locations before making plans.