Nestled in the Guinardó neighbourhood, the bustling Plaça del Nen de la Rutlla leads to Guinardó Park, a natural haven that takes you away from the urban sprawl into a dense forest in just a few minutes. Its historical gardens are laid out in terraces, inviting visitors to stroll through them and admire the wooded landscape, which is traversed by a stream that is channelled into ponds and waterfalls.
Three parks in one
Guinardó Park, which slopes uphill, and which was formerly used mainly for agricultural purposes, is one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona. It has three very distinct areas: the lower part is a typical urban park, there are historic garden in the middle while the woodland at the top offers an unexpected surprise in the midst of the city.
The Niño del Aro sculpture, created by Joaquim Ros i Bofarull in 1961, dominates the entrance to the park. Beyond it, a series of benches, steps and playgrounds opens up like the threshold to an extraordinary natural sanctuary.
Water and mountains
The historical gardens were designed in 1918 in a project led by landscape architects Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier and Nicolau M. Rubió i Tudurí, who envisaged Classicism-inspired Mediterranean gardens with water as the main feature, flowing through various fountains, channels and small pools. Perhaps the most famous is the Font del Cuento, where locals and especially couples used to go in search of a quiet corner in years gone by.
The landscape at the top of the park is dominated by a forest of pine, cedar and oak trees. Its steep paths intertwine on their way up to the Mitja Lluna viewpoint, which offers impressive views of the city.
- Carrer de Garriga i Roca, 1-13