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Barcelona: A Walkthrough Around The Parks

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Sara Rodriguez Martinez
  By Sara Rodriguez Martinez
Barcelona: A Walkthrough Around The Parks www.sleeklens.com

Today I want to take you to visit some parks in Barcelona. This wonderful city has numerous parks that allow you to connect with nature and have a break from bricks and cars. Some of the parks are extremely well known, but others are almost not visited by tourists. You can check a list of parks in the website of Barcelona area. I am going to show you 4 parks from Barcelona and one from the suburbs that I think you will find interesting for both nature and architectural photography.

You will be surprised of what you might find in Barcelona’s parks.

Ciutadella Park

Ciutadella Park, together with the Park Guell, are the two parks that are more visited in Barcelona. There is a reason for that! Ciutadella Park is the perfect place to disconnect from the city and enjoy some good time outdoors.  It is located in the Old City. The name of this park comes from the huge citadel that was built there by Felipe V after the falling of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession. This citadel was used to keep the Catalan population under the control of the Spanish King, so it was a really hated place. Luckily, the citadel was destroyed and thanks to the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition, the Ciutadella Park was built instead. Some of the buildings of this Exposition have been kept until today. One is the neo-gothic “Castillo de los tres dragones (Castle of the three dragons) that started as a restaurant and now is the Museum of Zoology. Other building is the Hibernaculum.

Castillo de los tres dragones (Castle of the trhee dragons), today the Museum of Zoology.

 

Hibernaculum

You can also find a lake and a waterfall. You can’t miss the photo of the real size Mammoth that was built also for the Universal Exhibition. All Barcelonians have a photo taken with the Mammoth, so you will need to have one too!

The park has a wonderful waterfall where you can practice long exposure photography in order to make the water look silky.

 

If you visit the Ciutadella park you need to look for the real size Mammoth that was built during the Universal Exhibition. There are lines to have a photo taken with this sculpture!

Tip: The Park is really busy on the weekends. People like to go to have a walk, run or just to lie on the grass. Keep this in mind when you plan your visit because this can influence your type of photography for the day. If you like nature photography, try to go to the park on the week mornings. If you like people photography, the weekend will be perfect for you.

On the weekends the park can be really crowded. Keep it in mind when you plan your photography trips.

 

You can practice your portrait/street photography in the park.

Estacio del Nord Park

This park is called Estacio del Nord (North Station Park) because it is located next to the old train station with this name. Although it is really close to the Ciutadella Park, it is ignored by tourists. I particularly like it because it is the only park in Barcelona considered as land art, an architectural trend from the 60s whose objective was to unite nature with art. In this park the art is based on ceramic structures, one of them called “The fallen sky”.

The “Falling sky” is made with ceramics

Clot Park

Clot Park is located in Sant Marti neighborhood and, contrary to the Ciutadella Park, it is rarely visited by tourists. The particularity of this park is that it keeps the old facades from the old train workshop that was located there in the past. Now these facades look like aqueducts and are totally integrated in the park.

Clot Park shows a combination of old and new

Tip: from this park you can have a different perspective of the Agbar building, that has a pretty original shape.

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The Agbar building has a quite singular shape

Pedralbes gardens

This park is one of the most elegant park in Barcelona. The calm you can enjoy in these gardens contrast with is location: the busy Diagonal street, pretty close to the Camp Nou (Barça Football stadium.  If you are a nature photographer you will love these park because you will find there several interesting species, including centennial Himalaya Cedar tree (Cedrus deodora) and even a little bamboo corner. If you are more into art, the gardens are full of interesting sculptures. There is also a quite photogenic palace.

Pedralbes park is calm although it is located in a really busy part of the city.

 

Centennial Himalaya Cedar tree (Cedrus deodora).

 

Mediterrania, a sculpture from Eulalia Fabregas de Sentmenat (1962).

Can Mercader: a park in Barcelona suburbs

There are a lot of interesting parks in Barcelona suburbs, but today I want to show you one located in Cornella de Llobreagat. You can come from Barcelona either by car or by public transport (Almeda stop in the trains called Ferrocarrils). Tourists rarely get so far. This park is full of centenary trees. Once there you will see that the park even has a botanic route that takes you to see the most interesting ones. The park has also a lake and a palace and it is a wonderful place to sit and relax.

This is the entry to Can Merdader Park

 

The park is really proud of one of its Honey locust trees (Gleditsia triacanthos). It has 103 years old. It was planted when the gardens were built. It is a tree with a lot of History!

Tip: if you like to take photos of local products, visit the park on Sunday mornings because there is a little food market that day.

I hope you like the parks I show you today as much as I do.  Feel free to contact me with any question about the parks or if you have any problem finding information about them (as I told you some information is not available in English, but I can help you with that).  Have a happy shooting!!!

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Sara Rodriguez Martinez
I am a biologist and a self-taught photographer based in Barcelona (Catalonia). Buddhist philosophy has a strong influence on me: I have a deep appreciation to life and I give a huge value to the little things that makes our days happier. I became a passionate about photography when I got my first camera and I understood that photography allows me to express my way of approaching life. I love learning so I am always willing to trying new things. These days I am shooting mostly nature and portraits.

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