In Barcelona the way we enjoy culture, architecture, and parks is very different from what we find in other cities. Thus, parks in Barcelona are not just places whereto breath fresh air or havea walk, but they have becomeplaces conquered by the population and fully dedicated to people’s leisure. Therefore, we have a wide range of leisure and special ways to enjoy parks in the Catalan capital and that is also thanks to the support of the City Council and private initiatives, as this proposed by the festival Brunch in the City in Barcelona.
Placesto run outdoors
Barcelona could be about to become the capital of running. Popular races with parks as main protagonists are often held (especially in Montjuïc, Collserola and Ciutadella). Barcelona has hosted events such as the firefighters’ run, la Mercé’s run or the night run and it has alsobeen equipped withamateur circuits, which are used daily by thousands of locals.
The irregular layout of the parks in Barcelona, especially those located on hills, makesof that territory the favorite places for runners. Moreover if these circuits are equipped with other sports and health facilities, people would feel encouraged to join this sport.
Scene of parties and shows
Barcelona in itself is a whole scenario, but havingthese beautifulparks as a backdrop is a privilege. That’s why the city does not hesitate to take advantage of them in special events and festivities such as La Mercé. From the circus festival of Montjuïcto the performing arts exhibitionin theCiutadellaPark, as well as the popular music sessions in manyparks during the summer nights. There are somerecreational and cultural activities whichplace their scenarios between trees and quietness.
In Barcelona the park concept is not limitedto a common area surrounded by trees and gardens. Parks in Barcelona are perceived as authentic monuments: from the well-known Park Guell to more recent ones suchas the Parcdel Centre de Poblenou (designed by Jean Nouvel, author of the nearby AgbarTower). All of themhave a special charm whichmakes them culturally interesting.
The list goes onwith the Chillida sculpture in the Parc de la CreuetadelColl, the monumental cascade of Ciutadella Park, Dona iOcell in the ParcMiró and many other charms to discover.
A multipurpose space to enjoy it all
We refer directly to the Magic Mountain: the mountain of Montjuïc,a space forwhich the term polyvalent may not seem enough.
In Montjuicthe visitor finds facilities such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), the Miró Foundation, the Olympic Museum, the castle and many other places the 365 days of the year. It is undoubtedly the perfect place to appreciate art in its purest form, surrounded by beautiful gardens and hosting one of the temples of sport in Barcelona, since all the facilities on thismountain were made on the occasion of the 1992 Olympics Games.
But Montjuïc is not only a huge museum and a place to practice sports: Montjuïc is an ongoing festival thanks to the many celebrations held in it, such as theBrunch in the park / Brunch in the city (bothheld in the Joan Brossa Gardens or in the spectacular PobleEspanyol), the Mercé parties with an unforgettable circus show (and the acclaimed Piromusical) and thenumerous concerts held at the stadium or at the Palau Sant Jordi.