Ciutadella Park is the perfect place to relax when you just want to hang out on the grass and embrace the warmth of the sun. Located right next to the El Born neighbourhood, it is super central and easy to get to. Did you know that the Park of Ciutadella hides many incredible things? In this magnificent park you can find multiple attractions. You can visit the zoo, or maybe take one of the paddle boast our in the lake. But one of our absolute favourite attractions in Ciutadella Park is the spectacular Cascada Monumental. It really is a hidden gem, right in the middle of the CIUTADELLA PARK, it is so stunning and breathtaking. Trust us, it will be worth it!
Built during the 19th century and situated in the Ciutat Vella of Barcelona. Inside of this 17-hectare large park, is the spectacular Cascada Monumental. In addition to an artificial lake, a castle, the Catalunya Parliament, museums, and much more! The rest is for you to find while exploring this incredible park. The park is situated right between the ARC DE TRIOMF and the Barcelona ZOO, making it a very important tourism hotspot. The Cascada is on the northern side of the park.
History of Cascada Monumental
Anyway, now let’s talk about the impressive Cascada with the magical fountain! The architect who designed this extraordinary monument was Josep Fontseré in 1875 and just five years later, in 1981, the Cascada was inaugurated. Antoni Gaudi, who is now a world-famous architect, was only at the beginning of his career at the time when he worked with Josep Fontseré. Indeed, he was only an architecture student when he participated in Josep Fontseré’s Cascada huge project of the Cascada. In fact, Antoni Gaudi caught the eye of Josep Fontseré and they decided to collaborate together.
On each side of the Cascada Monumental, you will find two stairs giving access to a little podium that you can find in the center of the Waterfall. Gaudi designed the hydraulic pipework of the Cascada, as well as designing two beautiful decorative medallions which you can find on the top of the fountain. In addition to this extremely magnificent piece of art from Gaudi and Fontseré, there are also spectacular sculptures, one of which was designed by Venanci Vallmitjana. This impressive sculpture represents the birth of the Venus Roman Goddess. Other sculptures decorating the Cascada are from various Catalan artists.
Was Trevi Fountain in Rome the inspiration behind the Cascada? Unfortunately we will never know the answer to that. But we can definitely agree that both fountains are quite the eye candy. Then how about you go and see the Cascada Monumental for yourself? Enjoying the day in Ciutadella Park is definitely one of Barcelona’s most relaxing and picturesque attractions! It’s also an ideal location to have a LOVELY PICNIC!
Prices: Admission entrance FREE
Opening hours: every day | 10:00 – 22:30
How to get there:
- TRAMWAY: Trambesòs station Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica (Yellow Line, L4)
- BARCELONA METRO: – three metro stops: Arc de Triomf (Red Line, L1) / Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica (Yellow Lince, L4) / Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)
- Public bus: Passeig Pujades / Parc de la Ciutadella: 40, 42, H14, H16
Parc de la Ciutadella / Princesa: 39, 51, H14
- By private “Hop on hop off” sightseeing bus: nearest stop for the Ciutadella Park is “El Born – Ciutadella – Zoo”
Address: Passeig de Picasso 21, 080033 Barcelona, Spain
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