Barcelona is a great city for solo travel. My latest solo trip in May 2015 I enjoyed a visit to Park Ciutadella, which is a huge park (70 acres) in central Barcelona La Ribera neighborhood – my favorite neighborhood in Barcelona!
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Enjoy the magnificent Arc de Triomf on your way to Park Ciutadella. The Arc de Triomf was the entrance passage to the 1888 Worlds’s Exhibition held in Barcelona. If you ride the metro to Park Ciutadella take the L1 to the Arc de Triomf station. The metro is a great way to get around in Barcelona.
You will likely hear the squawks of the parakeets while walking along Passeig Lluis Companys towards Park Ciutadella. The parakeets are plentiful in Barcelona and they enjoy nesting in the palm trees.
Legend to the map of Park Ciutadella
- Castle of Three Dragons – Zoological Museum
- Geological Museum
- Shaded area for plants
- Barcelona Zoo
- IES Verdaguer (school)
- Military Chapel
- Cascada Monumental
- Gazebo bandstand
- Placa de les Armes – garden
Ciutadella Park is the former site of the Citadel built by Philip of Spain after the 1714 War of the Spanish Succession. Much of La Ribera district was destroyed to create the citadel. The photo below was taken at the El Born Centre Cultural – just across Passeig Picasso from the Park Ciutadella – worth a visit particularly for anyone with an interest in Catalan history.
This time I had only one last day to spend in Barcelona before flying back to Austin. It was a beautiful spring day so I decided to spend my time walking around my neighborhood – La Ribera. I was already familiar with the area due to my trip to Barcelona in 2014. I had visited Park Ciutadella but the day was rainy and windy and I knew I missed a lot. The fabulous Cascada Monumental for instance.
There are so many things to do and see in Barcelona. I enjoyed 11 days in Barcelona on previous visits, yet I had not seen the incredible fountain Cascada Monumental in Park Ciutadella.
Besides the regular sounds one hears in a park setting on a sunny Sunday afternoon I also heard voices singing as I walked up the stairs of Cascada Monumental. Standing in a circle around a couple with beaming smiles on their faces, a dozen people singing an a capella version of Cold Play’s Viva La Vida. Not my favorite song, but now it is lodged in my brain forever. The couple looked so happy and happiness is contagious. Makes me smile just thinking of that moment.
Watch for woolly mammoth roaming the grounds of Park Ciutadella.
More music in Ciutadella Park beckoned me. I followed the sound of drumming and found a small group enjoying the music. A few people were dancing to the beat of the drums and after a while one of the dancers invited several others to learn some African dance moves. I joined in the dance circle along with a few other adults a several little kids. It was fun! I was not particularly good at following the dancer’s steps but I gave it a good try. The kids were adorable little dancers!
Strolling through the park there are plenty of spots to enjoy a space all to yourself if you want to practice your cloud gazing and day dreaming skills.
Read more about traveling to Barcelona:
- 9 Days of Solo Travel – Highlights of my Trip – my first solo trip to Barcelona
- Getting Around in Barcelona – Transportation Options – lots of options
- Planning and Preparing for my Solo Trip to Barcelona – plan your trip!
- Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture – Casa Battlo in Barcelona – loved the blue tiles
- Guitar Concert – Santa Anna Church – Barcelona – loved this concert!
- Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell – spend a day
- Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon? Hoping to see inside
- Vistas – Montserrat Summit – Hiking Sant Jeroni Trail – great day trip!
- La Ribera District Barcelona – my fave neighborhood in Barcelona!
- Stained Glass in Barcelona – Palau de la Musica – gorgeous venue for concerts