Most of us relate holidays to relaxation. But when we elect to travel, most of us do everything but relax. If you’re planning to travel to Barcelona, a perfect respite for weary travelers is the Parc de la Ciutadella. In addition, give yourself a great gift by lodging in apartments in Barcelona.
About Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella is better known to local inhabitants as Ciutadella Park. In their estimation, the park provides the ideal setting to refresh yourself, with its tinkling fountain and waterfalls, gorgeous flora and fauna and myriad people to watch. Be camera-ready while you’re absorbing local flavor and observing activities such as drumming, dance lessons or ping pong.
Fact is you can laze the entire day away between sunbathing, picnicking, listening to local guitarists or watching jugglers and tightrope walkers. However, if you are traveling with children, they will probably nag you until you cave in and visit Barcelona Zoo.
The Barcelona Zoo
The century old Barcelona Zoo is on park grounds. Most admirable is their dedication to conservation and education. Over 400 species are represented by about 7,500 animals that were gathered globally. Zookeepers are extremely conscious of endangered species and encourage reproduction in a controlled environment.
It is most unfortunate that the main attraction, Snowflake, a world renowned albino gorilla departed earth in 2003. Nevertheless, you will see cheetahs, orangutans, monkeys, Iberian wolf, tigers and leopards. Bird fanciers must visit the Donana bird center and watch the grey herons frolic. The aviary houses a worldwide collection of parrots and pigeons. If you’re fearless, there are reptiles galore, from boa constrictors to pythons and anacondas. Also, you can watch more crocodiles than you’ll likely see again in one place.
When you’ve had a surfeit of thrills and chills, slow the pace and visit the children’s petting zoo.
Lake in the Parc de la Ciutadella
After trekking through the zoo gardens, you’re due a spot of serenity. Rental boats are available, so that you can row in peace, turtle-watch or gaze at beautiful botanicals. Drift through the mists of time and when you’re re-energized, you must visit the waterfall.
Students of architecture will find much to admire at the Cascada (waterfall), with its baroque construction and fountain, which was inspired by the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Don’t miss the sculptures of Neptune and Pegasus. You’ll take stairs fashioned from crab pinchers to view Venus, who stands proudly on a clam!
Museum of Natural History
Continuing their mission to conserve and educate, the Zoology Museum contains exhibits that fascinate children featuring preserved mammals, insects, birds and eggs, fish, mollusks and reptiles. Children of all ages will be wowed by the skeletons of a mammoth and whale, in all their enormity.
As the beautiful Barcelonan sun sinks lower, it might be prudent to plan a two-day adventure at Parc de la Ciutadella! The 70-acre park grounds need to be strolled. You must spare time to stop and smell the orange trees.
For now, wiggle your toes in the grass and let the tranquility of this park of greenness permeate your soul. After all, you’re in Barcelona to adventure. Maybe your Barcelona apartments are the best place to refresh yourself!