Now that the weather is significantly warmer/sunnier/bathing suit-ier, the outdoors is once again one of Barcelona’s biggest attractions. Being one of a minority of European metropolises that can boast a sunny climate, Barcelona fully takes advantage of both its warm temperatures and its fabulous landscape. There is thus no shortage of fun things to do outdoors and adventures to be had on a sunny late spring day.
On the top of anyone’s list of cool outdoor places to visit in Barcelona should of course be Gaudi’s Park Güell. Through his breathtaking use of ceramics, Gaudi created a world-famous garden complex with stunning architectural elements thrown in. Not only is Park Güell a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest architectural works in Southern Europe. The idea for its creation was inspired by the British ‘garden city’ movement, so much so that English is also where it gets its name from: a park in Catalan is actually spelled “parc.” The park is easily accessible and entrance to the gardens is free. Visiting the Gaudí Museum, the artist’s former residence, however, is not. But it is SO worth it.
If you fancy a hike as well as a closer look at local ecosystems, a climb up Tibidabo will go far. Standing at 512m, it is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Alternatively, you can take various forms of public transport up the mountain. Once you reach the top, you will find the Parque d’Atraccions – an amusement park. The rollercoaster and Ferris wheel in particular will afford you incredible views of the city. If church-going is more your thing, the Sagrada Corazón is handily located near the entrance of the amusement park.
If you feel like strolling around a classically orchestrated aristocratic garden, the Parc del Laberint is your go-to. Luckily, it is also somewhat outside of the tourist trails, so you will be able to take in the sun and fresh air all the while feeling like the entire garden is your own personal paradise. Moreover, near the entrance there is also a romantic castle copied off original Moorish designs. You will also find streams, sculptures, and ponds among other romantic features. So dedicated were the creators to the image of Greek love and beauty, there are even two temples in the middle of the park dedicated to Artemis and Danae, as well as a statue of Dionysus, the god of wine.
Finally, for the very hot days, there is the Jardí Botànic, Barcelona’s botanical gardens. Its amazing flora with provide you with respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Covering over 14 hectares, it is also one of Barcelona’s largest parks. Not only will you be privy to some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer, you will also be able to stroll around and explore many plants found in Mediterranean climates around the world. In fact, the park’s main goal is preservation of rare and endangered plant species. Just think of all that lovely pure oxygen!