Spring has just started in Barcelona and we wanted to go outdoors and warm up in the sun, to forget the cold of winter. Therefore, we went for a walk on a sunny afternoon at the Parque de la Ciutadella, located in the Borne in Barcelona (metro station  Arc de Triomf, L1 red).

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Ciutadella Park during spring. Photo by Desig Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella is one of those places that you cannot imagine when you’re walking down the middle of the old city of Barcelona, always so crowded and noisy. Parc de la Ciutadella remains peaceful, even though it is frequented by many people. From the entrance, it seems to be like any other park, when you see it sandy walkways with people passing by. However, as we go deeper into the park, we change their minds. Many young people, children, adults and pets make life and relax in this charming place.

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Walkways to the entrance of the Parque de la Ciutadella,
Barcelona. Photo by Desig Barcelona

The first thing that caught our eye was seeing so many people lying in the sun, barefoot on the grass either talking, reading a book or even taking a nap. The weather was about 14-15ºC, but many people were wearing shorts and t-shirts –we even see a couple of guys without shirts, playing with a disc. Others were playing football. Several people were practicing juggling, while some girls were watching at them, while lying and eating ham sandwiches. Everybody looked very relaxed and happy.

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Sunny spring afternoon at Parque de la Ciutadella in Barcelona.
Photo by Desig Barcelona

After our first stop –we couldn’t resist the temptation to rest a few minutes in the sun- we were continue to discover the wonders of  Parque de la Ciutadella. Who would have imagined that in this chamber ran a military fortress built in the eighteenth century by order of Felipe V, for the strict surveillance of the city of Barcelona? This dark past only remains as an historical fact, as the park is now an area of ??peace.

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Lake at Parque de la Ciutadella in Barcelona. Photo by Desig Barcelona

Then we reached the lovely lake of the park, where you can take a small boat for 30 minutes, (price between 6-10 euros depending on the occupation). In this small lake you can see many birds, it is a beautiful corner.

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Rental boats at Parque de la Ciutadella in Barcelona.
Photo by Desig Barcelona

Then we moved to the lake and continued our way to the waterfall. The waterfall is one of the most important points of the Ciutadella Park. It has many sculptures that represent mythological scenes and creatures such as Pegasus, the birth of Venus, Neptune, and more … Many sculptures in rock, others painted in bright gold and some ducks swimming peacefully in the pond. It is just wonderful!

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Ducks swimming in the waterfall at Parque de la Ciutadella.
Photo by Desig Barcelona

We talked with some park users. Some of them told us that this park was one of their favorite places in Barcelona, ??as it was in a fairly central location, the entrance was free and the place was beautiful and was very well preserved. They told us that they could spend many hours in the park, since they came equipped with sandwiches, snacks and drinks. One lady told us that she was visiting Barcelona for tourism and she found the park just walking around and got very surprised at how nice and quiet it was, being so close to the Old Town in Barcelona. Weask if we could take her a picture for our blog, and she accepted delighted.

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Turista en la cascada del Parque de la Ciutadella de Barcelona.
Foto de Desig Barcelona

You can find at Ciutadella Park  the Catalan Parliament, the Zoo, Science Museum, Zoo Museum. Outside the park, but really close, at the Paseo Lluis Companys, you’ll fin the Arc of Triumph of Barcelona. We have already talked about this nice arc in our post about the neighborhood Fort Pienc in Barcelona

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Parlamento de Cataluña en el Parque de la Ciutadella de Barcelona.
Foto Desig Barcelona

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