Central Park…..Poblenou!

Willows, palm-trees and architecture in a park in Barcelona

El Parc del Centre del Poblenou, Barcelona

Poblenou’s very own Central Park; “El Parc del Centre del Poblenou” opened in 2008 and was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. I’d describe the park’s style as “Post Industrial Recovery” which is a reflection of the surrounding area.

When the park first opened the trees’ trunks were painted white to represent buildings. As the trees have matured the paint has faded and they have become more tree-ish.

Poblenou was once the heart of Barcelona’s textile industry. The neighbourhood was full of large 19th century brick-built mills. It has undergone a lot of change in the last 10 to 15 years and is now a thriving part of the city.

Most of the old mills have been torn down and replaced with a growing number of interesting modern buildings and large hotels. The park retains one of the old mill buildings as well as an original chimney.

Iron gateway framed by purple flowers, Poblenou Barcelona

One of the Park’s entrances

The park is surrounded by a high perimeter wall covered with flowering creepers. There are 4 children’s play areas with climbing frames and table tennis tables.

The large number of trees provide plenty of shade. Underfoot the ground is mainly compressed sand/gravel but there are a few grassy areas if you want to stretch out,

Photo of Poblenou's Central Park taken through one of the portholes in the perimeter wall

A glimpse of the Park from Av. Diagonal

Old brick chimney in front of a steel dome in Poblenou's Central Park, Barcelona

The old brick chimney

Location:

Av. Diagonal, Barcelona

How to Get There:

Tram T4, Tram stop “Pere IV y Fluvià”

Opening times

Summer, Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00 Winter, Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00

Entrance fee

FREE ENTRY

Attractions nearby:

La Rambla de Poblenou
The Agbar Tower
Disseny Hub Barcelona
Barcelona Music Museum
Poblenou Cemetery

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Weeping willows, grass and steel chairs in El Parc del Centre de Poblenou

The park has plenty of shady areas

El Parc del Centre del Poblenou – Quick Guide:

NameEl Parc del Centre del Poblenou
CategoryPark
Size55000 m2
Opening Hours10:00 – 19:00
Entry FeeFree
NeighbourhoodPoblenou
Public TransportT1 – “Pere IV y Fluvià”
UnderfootGravel with grassy areas
Sculptures / Public Art?No
Café / Refreshments?No
Drinking Fountains?Yes
Public Toilets?No
Children’s Play Area?Yes
Sports / Fitness Equipment?Table tennis tables and basketball nets
Shady Areas?Yes
Dogs Allowed?Yes

 

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