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Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona’s oldest and most popular central park, the Parc de la Ciutadella is a picturesque expanse of greenery located just northeast of the city center, not far from the Barceloneta beach. The 74-acre park was designed in 1872 by architect Josep Fontsère, who also created the impressive Baroque Cascada inside the park - a 19th-century triumphal arch and fountain – and was famously assisted by a young Gaudí. At the northern entrance, the landmark Arc de Triomf designed by Josep Vilaseca, serves as the monumental gateway to the park, perched at the head of a wide pedestrian walkway. Today the park is home to a boating lake, several museums and a much-celebrated series of sculptures, including the modern 'Monument to the World Fair' by Antoni Clavé, a giant stone mammoth, and pieces by Frederic Marès, Eusebi Arnau, Josep Llimona, Pau Gargallo and Manuel Fuxà, among others.

Strolling the idyllic promenades, lined with palm trees and colorful flowerbeds, is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors to the park, but there are also a number of impressive buildings are dotted throughout. The 19th century Castel dels Tres Dragons, built to resemble a medieval castle, and the neoclassical Martorell, or Geology Museum, designed by Antoni Rovira i Tries in 1870, are both worth a look, but the dramatic centerpiece to the park is the striking Catalan Parliament building, the park’s oldest building.

Barcelona Zoo, home to 7,500 animals including dolphins, orangutans, snow leopards and elephants, is another much-visited attraction, along with the Zoology museum, Geology Museum and Botanical gardens. Whether you’re looking to spot local wildlife, to enjoy the park’s many summer music and theater events or scout out a scenic picnic spot, Parc de la Ciutadella is a must for visitors to Barcelona.

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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 437 Reviews

There's no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Barcelona than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.70

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: North to South Route

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1446 Reviews

Utilize the Barcelona hop-on hop-off city bus tour which has three different tour routes to explore the city! See the major sights aboard an open-top ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.92

Barcelona Zoo Entrance Ticket

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Spend a day at Barcelona Zoo with your entrance ticket. Located in the heart of the “green lung” of Barcelona – Parc de la Ciutadella – Spain’s top zoo is home ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $27.94

Barcelona GPS-Guided GoCar Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

Explore Barcelona in a unique and exciting way – by GoCar! Easy and fun to drive, the GoCar is guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $26.68

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour Including La Sagrada Familia

See Barcelona with maximum fun and minimum effort on a 3-hour electric bike tour, led by a local guide! Safe and easy to ride, the bike has an electric motor ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.28

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks

Combine Barcelona sightseeing by electric bike with tapas and drinks on a 2.5-hour city tour, led by a local guide! Fun and safe, the bike has an electric ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.19

Barcelona Segway Tour: Barri Gòtic and La Barceloneta

Hop on an electric, self-balancing Segway and explore Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic (Gothic quarter) plus the old fishing district of La Barceloneta. Choose ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2-3 hours

From USD $82.85

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