Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Gardens and Joan Brossa Gardens
Two parks designed with rest and recreation in mind
Located at the bottom of Montjuïc Mountain, these two gardens, which are connected to each other, form a large natural area where adults can rest while their children play in spaces especially designed for them. The gardens are dedicated to the Catalan poets Jacint Verdaguer and Joan Brossa.
Why visit these gardens?
Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Gardens were constructed over an old quarry and were opened in 1970. They are one of the three parks on Montjuïc opened in the 1970s dedicated to Catalan-language poets, along with Joan Maragall Gardens and Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens. These gardens specialise in aquatic, bulbous and rhizomatous plants covering 2,800 m2 of flower beds featuring lilies, tulips, hyacinths, narcissi and anemones, among others. A stroll through these gardens allows you to discover a number of sculptures, like "The Girl of the Lilies" (1970), located closed to the lake, which Ramon Sabí made in homage to the poet Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer.
For their part, the Joan Brossa Gardens are among the newest on Montjuïc. They were opened in 2003 on land previously occupied by the old Montjuïc Amusement Park, which closed in 1998. Because of its large play area it is a compulsory stop for families with small children. It includes an area with sound experimentation instruments and at the lowest point there is a zip-line. In fact, more than gardens, it is more like a forest park, given that it has conserved the majority of its pine trees and palm trees, in addition to the natural layout of the paths, which date back to the amusement park.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? Two constructions from the old Montjuïc Amusement Park have been conserved, the Parasol and the Damm Kiosk, which can be seen in Joan Brossa Gardens.
- Local’s tip: If you visit Barcelona in spring when the flowers are blooming, it is advisable to go to the main entrance of Verdaguer Gardens as it receives visitors with a spectacular large coat-of-arms of Barcelona in bulbous plants framed with large magnolias.
- A must: For families with adventurous children.