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Relax at Parc de la Ciutadella

Pass the Arc de Triomf and through Passeig de Lluís Companys, lays a spectacular park. Ciutadella Park is one of the main public parks in Barcelona, Spain. The park is filled with history. The abundant amounts of attractions make it appealing to locals, as well as tourists.

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Tourists sometimes overlook the park. Compared to the other sites in Barcelona, the park doesn’t always get enough credit. However, having fewer tourists is what makes the park peaceful. This way, it isn’t too crowded. Ciutadella Park is a calm park in a busy city.

barcelona97-620x413In 1888, Spain hosted its first International World’s Fair. The fair was to celebrate the removal of the despised, military citadel. The 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition took place at Ciutadella Park. Over two million people were present. Most of the park was designed specifically for the fair. All the buildings had specific purpose. Since the fair, the park’s layout has been modified.

At 70 acres, Ciutadella Park is bigger than ordinary parks. There is much more going on. Individuals spend their time wondering the trails or walking their dogs. It is a great place to get exercise. People will go jogging or ride their bikes through the park. There are plenty of things to do and see.

Parc Zoologic is known to be the main attraction in the park. Housing over 7,000 animals, the zoo attracts many tourists. In the past, many individuals would visit the zoo to see Snowflake, the famous, albino gorilla. Sadly, Snowflake passed away in 2004. Located at the end of the park, the zoo is still the most popular aspect.

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In the center of the park stands Parliament de Cataluña. This is the original building for the military of the citadel. Parliament de Cataluña is the oldest building in the park. Even though the public isn’t allowed inside, it is still admired. Occasionally, there are private tours provided.

The Cascada is a large fountain located in the corner of the park. Built by Josep Fontsère in 1888, the fountain was another addition for the Universal Exposition. Antoni Gaudí was said to have many contributions to the architecture. Two staircases on either side of the fountain are available to climb for a better view of the park. For drinks or a snack, a small café sits in front of the fountain. Many individuals relax on the benches and listen to the waterfall.

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One of the most scenic sites of the park is the lake. The palm trees surround the lake makes the area more picturesque. The lake is known to be a romantic spot for the visitors. Boats are available to the public to ride. Many families and couples are seen rowing boats on the lake. Next to the lake is one of the thickest vegetation. There is a variety of vegetation that grows here that is picketed with signs.

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The park also offers a few museums. The Laboratory of Nature holds a museum of zoology and geology. There are exhibits for all ages. The museum of zoology holds exhibits for minerals, animals, and birds. The original building for the museum of zoology was used in the Universal Exposition. Francisco Martorell i Peña donated his collection of artifacts to the museum of geology. The building was constructed for the purpose of storing his artifacts. This was the first museum in Barcelona.

In between the building of the two museums, stands the Umbracle. This is another building built for the fair. The building is now used for a green house. Inside, palm trees and tropical plants cover the area. The roof is made of transparent to allow the light to shine through.

The park is a great place for families and kids. Parents take their children to play on the playgrounds at the park. There is an enormous statue of a mammoth that kids are free to climb on. Many schools lead their students on field trips to the park during the day.

This is a great recommendation for a place to visit in Barcelona, Spain. Parc de la Ciutadella has something for everyone. It has activities and history. The park is peaceful and active. For locals or tourists, the park is a great place to spend time. Whether someone wants visit the zoo or unwind, it is beautiful.

As for myself, I love to visit the park. It lived up to my expectations. Click below to hear and see my personal experiences at the park!

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Take a walk!

It was a Tuesday afternoon in Barcelona and I was all set to watch my Netflix. When I opened my bedroom curtains, the sun was shining so bright. It was a beautiful, blue sky day and I didn’t want it to go to wastScreen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.50.34 PMe. Instead of being lazy, I decided to get some exercise. I shut my computer, put on my Toms, and grabbed my iPod and a book. I was off to explore.

My first site that I came upon was the Arc de Triomf. On my way to class I pass by it, but never stop to look at it. I made my way through Passeig de Lluís Companys. This is a long promenade between rows of palm trees. A few street performers were blowing massive bubbles and rolling around in giant hula hoops.

Eventually, I made my way into the Parc de la Ciutadella. This is somewhere I had never been. There were so many people on this beautiful day. People were reading on benches, running for exercise, and kids were playing on the playground.Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 10.07.13 PM

On my walk through the park, I passed a museum of zoology, playgrounds, and art pieces. My favorite part of the park that I found was the fountain. The sound of the water and kids playing made me feel so peaceful. Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 10.06.18 PM

For more exercise, I climbed to the top of the fountain. There were a lot of stairs. That’s when I started to sweat. The water and the rest of the park was so pretty on top of the fountain.

After I climbed back down, this is where I decided to stop. I found a bench near the fountain. Then, I brought out my Lea Michele book that I packed. After a while, I had to head to class.Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 10.06.59 PM

At the end of the day, I ended up walking around 3.5 miles. That may not seem like a lot. If I did that every day instead of watching Netflix, I could see a lot of improvement. Now that I know that there is still so much more in Barcelona that I haven’t seen, I am going to take walks more often.

If I would have stayed in my apartment and watched New Girl, I never would have seen this part of the city. It is important to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. I enjoyed going by myself and having some alone time.

If you have free time, take a walk and explore. You don’t have to run or sweat. Its a relaxing to listen to music and reflect on your thoughts. Bring a book and create an adventure! Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 10.07.31 PM