Barcelona’s Botanical Garden

Jardín botánico de Barcelona con el Palacio Nacional de Fondo

Located on one side of the Montjuïc Park, the Botanical Garden of Barcelona opens to the world as a place of union between cultures, where the Mediterranean vegetation becomes the link between such disparate places as California, South Africa and the Mediterranean. This is one of the largest collections of Mediterranean plants in the world and is a clear example of how nature and culture walk, often, hand in hand.

Created for the International Exhibition of 1929, it was one of many projects undertaken to integrate Montjuïc to the urban Barcelona and, in fact, still hosts many of the most important cultural buildings in the city and even of Catalonia.

Discover Barcelona’s Botanical Garden

The garden is divided into five areas, each of which focused on the five regions of the world that have this type of climate: Australia, California, South Africa, Chile and the Mediterranean; and whether you follow the marked route or you prefer to get lost in the vast network of roads, you’ll enjoy a changing landscape according to the season:

  • In summer you’ll find a more arid and dry environment, where the predominant leaves are those of the larger trees.
  • In autumn it is when most plants germinate and when they begin to grow.
  • In winter the visible parts are stable and roots take advantage to grow.
  • In spring when you can see more flowers at the botanical garden.

 

Sede del Jardín Botánico de Barcelona

Main Building of the Botanical Garden (Autor: Wojtek Gurak / Foter / CC BY-NC)

Apart from this large area dedicated to the Mediterranean world, you can enjoy a space with own plants from colder areas: it is the historic garden, located in a hollow of the mountain, where temperatures are up to 4 degrees lower. You also find temporary exhibitions and different kind activities, such as bonsai specimens.

The Botanical Garden of Barcelona is located in Font i Quer, 2; to get there you can use both the red and green line subway and get off at Espanya or buses 150 or 13 and even the funicular. This is a very well integrated into the public transport network, so you will not have problems if you want to reach it by car.

The first Sunday of each month admission is free, as in other museums of Catalonia; other days, it is 3,5€ or 1,7€ for over 65, people between 16 and 29, groups of 10 people or more. If you have the BCN Card, the admission is free and if you have a tourist bus ticket you will have a 20% discount.

Enjoy nature right in the city is possible, and the Botanical Garden of Barcelona is the indisputable proof.

 

 

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Photo credit: Jorge Franganillo / Foter / CC BY

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