Living in a big city can be overwhelming in the best, and at times, worst sense, and sometimes you might just want to escape and get lost. Maybe low funds are keeping you from planning a trip, but you would love to just take a break and enjoy nature.
I have the solution, and the easiest way to get there is just by using the metro! Have you heard of the Parc del Laberint d’Horta?
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What to discover within
This former estate of the Desvalls family, on the border of the Collserola park, is the oldest of its kind in Barcelona, a neoclassical and romantic garden. A unique space, the park has an appealing aura that lets your imagination run wild with ideas of former aristocrats galavanting about the maze in the past.
There are statues of nine muses on the third terrace, a statue of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, on the intermediate terrace, and in the center, a statue of the god of love, Eros.
This park has seen commoners and royalty alike, by hosting the reception of three Spanish kings in its time. The palace and park was given to the city in 1967, and was open to the public 1971 with minimal restorations in 1994.
The park is over 820 yards long, and within you can find a canal, a waterfall, thousands of flowers, cypress trees, and two juxtaposing gardens, with the neoclassical portion exuding the light themes of love, and the romantic part alluding to melancholy themes of death.
One of the most interesting parts of the palace is the Torre Sobirana, an ancient medieval watchtower.
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How to get there and costs
The best way to get there is to take the green line L3 to Mundet. The park is just a short 5-minute walk from the station. There are many stairs and requires a bit of exercise, so it is best to bring a water bottle and a snack as it is a little out of the way.
There are many stairs, which requires a bit of exercise, so it is best to bring a water bottle and a snack as it is a little out of the way.
One of the best perks about this park, for students and cheap-os alike, is that it is free on Wednesdays and Sundays! If you can’t make it on those days, it is only 2,5 euros for an entry fee into a little wonderland where you feel happy about getting turned around, confused and best of all, lost.