There are many beautiful parks in Barcelona – too many. Almost every neighborhood has at least one; and each one differs from the rest in so many ways. Romantic gardens and thick hedge maze in Parc de l’Laberint; Parc de la Ciutadella with a lavish fountain, gilded sculptures and a small but scenic lake much adored by loving couples; and finally Park Güell – a sheer marvel from Gaudí – where the famous architect managed to blend bold colors and daring geometrical forms with savage natural beauty.
And then there is Parc del Guinardó. Almost never mentioned in tourist guides, this is a precious jewel nestled on top of the hill in the Horta-Guinardó district. Funnily enough, not too many locals know about it either – the area, covering almost 16 hectares and only slightly smaller than Park Güell, was neglected for quite some time; and being relatively difficult to reach via public transportation, only few residents of the neighboring district would occasionally come here. A few years back, the City Council finally invested money in its renovation, and now the park is just as beautiful as when it first opened in 1918. The original design was the work of Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier – a highly-acclaimed French landscapist who also gave the world the gardens of the Champ-de-Mars beneath the Eiffel Tower.
With alluring scents of cedars and pine trees; ample stone-paved terraces and immense green lawns, the park is definitely worth the ride from the center. If you dare, you might take a hike to the very top – here, at some 250 meters above the sea level, lie the last remnants of the Civil War, anti-aircraft bunkers. From the very same point you’d be able to admire some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Take bus 24 from Plaza Catalunya and get off at Ctra del Carmel-Mühlberg