The beautiful Ciutadella Park is the largest green space in Barcelona, covering more than 17 hectares. It is located in a central neighbourhood, home to many winding streets, perfect for getting lost and discovering the hidden attractions of Barcelona.
The Parc de la Ciutadella takes its name from an old fortress, or citadel, shaped like a star, which was constructed under the reign of King Philip V in the 18th century. 150 years later, the citadel was demolished and since then the space has become a ´green lung´ in the middle of the bustling city.
Nowadays, the park has many charming attractions such as the Barcelona Zoo, the Parliament Building of Catalonia, a grand fountain and a lake, among others. The colossalArc de Triomf, built as the gateway for the Universal Exhibition, is located at the end of the park, following an extension of palm trees and a large walkway for pedestrians.
Around the park, you will find a number of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and museums. The area is home to many Barcelona apartments sandwiched between El Born and Vila Olímpica, giving you easy access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and dining areas in Barcelona. You can also reach the beaches of Barcelona from here, either on foot or by metro.