Located in the Sant-Montjuïc barrio, close to the Barcelona-Sants railway station, Parque de la España Industrial is a modernist park that was built in 1985 by architects Luis Peña Ganchegui, Francesc Rius I Camps, Antón Pagola and Monserrat Ruiz. It was created by using the former site of La España Industrial an important textile factory that moved to Mollet de Vallès.
The park has an area of 11 acres, in which you can find a variety of trees, a big plaza, an artificial lake, play areas, fountains and sports fields.
Parque de la España Industrial is also home to a variety of statues like Alto Rhapsody by Anthony Caro, Landa V by Pablo Palazuelo, Los bueyes de la abundancia by Antoni Alsina, Torso de mujer by Enric Casanovas, Venus Moderna by José Pérez Pérez and Neptuno by Manuel Fuxá.
Several of the statues were built for the International Exhibition in 1929, being taken out of storage in 1985 to become part of the park’s decoration.
One of the most interesting and most famous sculptures in the park is the one by András Nagel, called “El Drágon” (The Dragon). Weighing 150 tons, this cast iron sculpture depicts a dragon coming out of a lake. The monumental work can be appreciated by adults as an impressive piece of art, and enjoyed by children as a slide.
One of the defining traits of the park is the presence of the tall lighthouses that stand at the top of the white steps that lead down to the water. The combination of concrete and architecture that was preserved from the original factory give the park its distinctive industrial feel.
Visit the park for a nice family picnic, a relaxed afternoon reading by the trees, or a boat ride with the one you love.
Parque de la España Industrial is located at Carrer de Muntadas, 1-37. The best way to get there using public transportation if by taking the red line (L1) of the subway, exiting at Plaça de Sants, or the green (L3) or blue (L5) line, exiting at Sants Estació.
You can also use buses number 32, 50, 78, 109, 115, D20 or Bus Turístic, exiting at Estació de Sants.
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