Whether you are looking for a place to let your children play, somewhere to walk your dog, have a picnic or escape the heat of the August sun, El Parc de Les Aigües in Barcelona’s Horta/Guinardo district could be just what you are looking for. The park is very well maintained and the abundance of evergreen and deciduous trees afford both shade and privacy.
El Parc de les Aigües (Park of the waters) owes it’s name to the fact that the land was previously owned by the Barcelona water company. The park is laid out in a series of terraces surrounded by dense vegetation. In addition to 5 children’s play areas there are table tennis tables, fronton & petanque courts, picnic tables, drinking fountains and a public library.
At the top of the park is a grassy area dedicated to the memory of those killed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War. Jardins de Hiroshima contains 2 large public sculptures; The Hiroshima memorial which consists of 22 white concrete slabs and The Buried Submarine by Josep Maria Riera i Aragó.
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How to get there
The main entrance to the park is next to the Alfons X metro stop (yellow line L4).
10am ’til sunset (between 7pm and 9pm)
Other attractions nearby
El Parc de les Aigües – Quick Guide:
|Name||El Parc de les Aigües|
|Opening Hours||10:00 – dusk|
|Neighbourhood||Horta / Guinardo|
|Public Transport||Metro L4 – Alfons X|
|Underfoot||Paved, compressed sand and grassy areas|
|Sculptures / Public Art?||Yes|
|Café / Refreshments?||Picnic tables|
|Children’s Play Area?||Yes, 5 including slides swings and a sand pit.|
|Sports / Fitness Equipment?||Table tennis tables, fronton and petanque courts|
|Free WIFI?||Not checked|