You might have already read that Barcelona is home to over 40 parks. Also, you might be fairly familiar with the parks popular with tourists like Parc de la Ciutadella and Parc Güell. And perhaps you even discovered some of the local parks like Parc del Guinardó and Parc del Clot. So here are just a few more local parks to explore one lazy weekend.
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To start with is Parc de les Aigües, which is right in between Parc del Guinardó and Parc Güell. You might be intrigued by the name, as you won’t find a water feature here. However, the local water company previously owned this land. This park has several playgrounds, a place to play paddle ball and even an area for picnics. Right next to the park there is a large area that’s nice and dog friendly. As the greenery is fairly dense it’s also good to escape the sun or have a romantic evening. This park can be found right by metro stop Alfons X and is accessible by Line 4 (yellow).
If you want a park that’s a mix of modern art, nature and industrial ruins then Parc del Centre del Poblenou is perfect for you! In fact this is one of Barcelona’s newest parks and was opened in 2008. The industrial ruins actually come from the textile factory that was one of the many common in Poblenou. Here you’ll find a few playgrounds, a basketball court, and even Barcelona’s history museum MUHBA. This park is just a 15 min walk from Parc del Clot. It can be accessed by Line 1 or Line 4 at either ‘Glories’ or ‘Poblenou.
What if you’re waiting for your train to Valencia and want a place to relax by a nice water feature? Then Parc de L’Espanya Industrial is right for you. In fact, this also used to be a textile factory and there are still some factory ruins remaining. Here you’ll also discover a metal dragon sculpture that’s also a slide for children. This sculpture was made by Andrés Nagel in 1929. This park is just by the Sants train station and can be accessed by FGC train or metro Line 3 (green) and Line 5 (blue).
Please feel free to share any other nice parks that you’ve come across while exploring Barcelona.