Parc de la Ciutadella

The Parc de la Ciutadella is just to the east of El Born.

It is an oasis of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and should definitely be on your things to do list.

This vibrant central park in Barcelona, that covers an area of about 18 hectares, has a giant mammoth, a bandstand and a lot of other attractions.

Built in 1860 on a former military fortress (ciutadella) to give the people of Barcelona a bit of nature to enjoy. 

The 1880 Universal exhibition was held here and Barcelona’s greatest Modernist architects worked on the park.

Lluis Domènech i Montaner created the Castell dels Tres Dragons and Gaudi helped design the Cascade Fountain.

Top 10 sights

1. The Cascade Fountain that Gaudi helped design. 

2. The Arc de Triomf, the grandest entrance to the park.

3. Parc Zoològic, this is the Barcelona Zoo, a great place to take the children.

4. The Llac, this is the man made lake that is at the centre of the park, rent a boat for half an hour or more of fun.

5. Antic Mercat del Born, go and see the houses and streets that are now buried under modern Barcelona.

6. The Hivernacle & Umbracle. These are late 19th century greenhouses designed by Josep Amargós and Josep Fontsere.

7. Parlament de Catalunya, built in 1891 the Palau de la Ciutadella houses the Catalonian Parliament. 

8. The Homenatge a Picasso built by Antoni Tàpies as a toast to Pacasso’s cubist legacy. 

9. The Castell dels tres Dragons which was built by Domènech I Montaner. This building used to house the Natural Science Museum.

10. The Mammoth, this is a great spot for a photo.

Opening hours

  • December, January, February, from 10am to 8pm. 
  • March & November, daily from 10am to 7pm.
  • April & October, daily from 10am to 8pm.
  • From May to September, daily from 10am to 9pm.

How to get there


• L4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica. 

• L1 Arc de Triomf.


• 14, 39, 40, 41, 42, 51 and 141. 


• T4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica. 

Barcelona Bus Turístic

• Stop - Parc de la Ciutadella-Zoo.

Barcelona’s central bus station, Estació del Nord, is also quite close.


  • Parc de la Ciutadella s/n


  • 934 132 400

Web site

This is a great park for outdoor activities like jogging, cycling, picnicking and basically just chilling out in Barcelona.

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