The Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona's urban "green lung", is no ordinary park. In 1869, the demolition of the military citadel, built a century earlier by Philip V, was highly significant for a boom Barcelona with its sights firmly set on the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The result was a park which the architect Josep Fontseré adapted to the needs of the world fair.
Relics of the exhibition can still be seen today in the Parc de la Ciutadella, with buildings such as the Castell dels Tres Dragons, which occupies the original restaurant designed for the exhibition by Domènech i Montaner, the waterfall and lake, designed by Fontseré, and the beautiful plant house, the Umbracle, and glass house, the Hivernacle. Barcelona Zoo has stood on the other side of the park since 1892. The Catalan Parliament stands in the parade ground, in the former military arsenal of the citadel. Nearby, you can see a replica of Josep Llimona's beautiful sculpture "El desconsol" (Distress), which is one of the most important pieces of public art in the park.
A giant mammoth and a bandstand are among the other elements which surprise visitors to this vibrant central park in Barcelona, which covers an area of 18 hectares.
The Parc de la Ciutadella is one of Barcelona’s oldest and biggest parks. All the entrances are accessible and the ground is flat, making it ideal for wheelchair users. The paths inside the park have no architectural barriers and are correctly signposted.
We strongly recommend the integrated accessible play area for families with children. It features inclusive play equipment which can be interpreted in more than one way so that the benefits of play can be enjoyed by everyone. In other words, it provides different routes and equipment that can be used at different speeds and rates. Special emphasis is placed on tactile play equipment, table games and those involving sensory experiences. All the equipment has been chosen so that all children, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, can use the area unaided or with the help of their parents or assistants. Each game has a plaque indicating the recommended age of the child it is intended for. There is an entrance to the play area on the corner of Passeig de Picasso and Avinguda del Marqués de l’Argentera. It is located next to the chapel, opposite the parade ground (Plaça d’Armes). Ten of the city’s parks have this type of fully accessible children’s play area.
There are informative plans in relief lettering and Braille at the entrance on Passeig Pujades and Passeig Picasso.
The children’s play area also has signs in Braille.
Rowing boats can be hired at the boating lake, as well as tandems and pedal-powered vehicles for 4 people.
A trip to the park offers countless possibilities. You can touch the sculptures, smell the flowers and plants, listen to bird song, the birds on the lake and the concerts, particularly in spring and summer.
Parking: There are three correctly signed reserved parking spaces for disabled badge holders. They are in front of the entrance to the Zoo
, next to the gate at the corner of Passeig Picasso and Avinguda Marquès de l’Argentera. There is also an accessible paying car park on Passeig Lluís Companys.
All the entrances to the park are accessible and the ground is flat, making it ideal for wheelchair users. The paths inside the park have no architectural barriers and are correctly signposted.
The bar and café near the waterfall and lake has an adapted toilet.
The Umbracle, or plant house, is an accessible, very pleasant place to have a rest in summer. It contains large plants that require damp and shady conditions. There is a small metal strip on the ground at the entrance but it doesn’t present any accessibility problems. Once inside, the ground is flat, making the plant house easy to get around.
Last update: 25/08/2016
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