“…I know we didn’t take a plane, but it feels like I’m in another world.”
-My 6 year old when entering Parc del laberint d’Horta Barcelona
The Parc del Laberint, the oldest garden in Barcelona, covering over 18 acres, has a long history. It is one of the remaining vestiges of the extravagance of the Spanish monarchy in Catalunya. In 1791, Antoni Desvalls, marquis of Llupiaand Alfarrás, hired Italian engineer Domenico Baguitti to landscape the property of his estate. The park still has many traces of the idyllic lifestyle of the marquis, including a monument constructed to commemorate a splendid afternoon spent in the company of the King’s nephew and his new bride.
The park contains an 18th-century neoclassical garden and a 19th-century romantic garden with flower beds, small squares, tall trees and a waterfall. A total of 55 hectares of partially landscaped gardens laid out according to the widespread taste for neo-classical gardens at the time, although the park’s woodland setting give it that romantic touch. The grounds are full of hidden corners to be discovered, some of them decorated with sculptures of mythological figures.
Why Visit Parc del Laberint d’Horta Barcelona
Because you will feel like you’re in another world.
Because it’s beautiful and grand
Because you can get lost in a real live Labyrinth.
Because it’s peaceful
Because you can have a picnic
Because you can see the city of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea
Because it’s a great way to spend a few hours in Barcelona.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta Barcelona Information
TO GET THERE: From Plaza Catalyuna take Metro line 3 (green L3) to Mundet and follow the signs to the Parc del Laberint d’Horta or you can take buses 27, 60, 73 or 76.
OPENING TIMES: December, January and February daily from 10am-6pm, March and November daily from 10am-7pm, April and October daily from 10am-8pm and from May to September open 10am-9pm. Pretty much 10am until dusk.
ADMISSION: €2.17 (adults). Reduced rate for children and the elderly. Guided tours cost an extra €1.80. Wednesday and Sunday are free