It’s the perfect place to escape the busy city life of Barcelona, mundane weekdays and car fumes. It’s pure escapism for me. Here we can wonder around a labyrinth hand in hand, breath in the fresh air, listen to the birds and marvel at the beauty around us and the green leaves above our heads. Time seems to go slower and kissing on an old stone bench has never been as romantic. Even the pigeons are in love here…
Along the side of a beautiful palace is the entrance to this lush retreat. Before you enter the park, have a look at the palace itself. It used to be home to the Desvalls family, the family that created the gardens that you can now enjoy as a visitor. Their home was built in a neoarabic and neogothic style and kind of looks like a fairytale palace. The park behind the palace has two parts. A neoclassical garden that was designed in the 18th century and a romantic garden that was later created, in the 19th century. Works on the neoclassical garden first started in 1791. Knowing this it might not come as a surprise that this is the cities oldest garden you can visit.
When you walk into the park you will soon find the famous labyrinth gardens that give the park its name. Made up of high cypress bushes you can lose yourself or play hide and seek with your lover. Running around the labyrinth, getting lost between green walls can simply be the best way to get some stress release and laughter. Once you have found an exit, walk up the stairs and you will find two small Italian style pavilions. From here you have a nice view over the labyrinth you just managed to find your way out of. A bit further on is another, bigger, pavilion that is dedicated to the muses and was used for events. Behind the pavilion is a water reservoir, built especially for collecting water for the gardens. It’s a lovely place to sit on a stone bench and meditate, read a book or just look around and relax your mind. All around the gardens you can find sculptures of figures out of Greek and Roman mythology.
Along the side of the neoclassical garden you can find the romantic garden. A waterfall was built at the highest point of the garden and water streams all along the side down to the lowest part. With flowerbeds and trees it is shady and green. Strangely enough this garden was created with hints of the theme of death. A replica of a small graveyard was built here. Nowadays nothing of this odd feature remains. The neoclassical garden on the other hand is created around the theme of life and love.
With forest surrounding the gardens and water streaming throughout, the Parc del Laberint d’Horta is the perfect place to go and unwind. Breath, laugh, kiss, relax and shake off your stress…
To visit the labyrinth gardens in Barcelona
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
Address: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1
Opening hours: From 10.00 until 19.00 during winter time and until 20.00 in summer
Price: €2,23 but free on Wednesdays and Sundays
How to get there:
Metro L3, Mundet
Bus nr. 27, 60, 73, 76