A stones throw from Barcelona’s main railway station, the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial is best known for the 12m high dragon sculpture by Andrés Nagel. The sculpture doubles as a childrens’ slide and is commonly used by skaters and BMXers (Note the “BMX or die” slogan spray painted above one of the ramps).
The park gets it’s name from the old textile mill which originally occupied the site. When the mill closed Barcelona city council bought the land and converted it into a park centred around an artificial lake with fountains, waterfalls and a statue of Neptune.
The lake is flanked by steep concrete terraces with imposing lighthouse towers, a municipal sports centre and a grassy area with plenty of shady trees, several sculptures, 2 basket ball courts and a children’s play area.
Carrer Muntades No. 1, Barcelona
How to get there
Turn right as you leave Sants train station.
The nearest metro stop is Sants Estació on lines l3 and L5 (yellow and blue lines). Tarragona (L3), Hostafrancs (L1), Plaça de Sants (L1) and Plaça Espanya (L1& L3) are also nearby.
There is also a subterranean car-park underneath the park.
10am to sunset.
Other Attractions Nearby
Park Guide – El Parc de l’Espanya Industrial
|Name||El Parc de l’Espanya Industrial|
|Opening Hours||10am – sunset|
|Neighbourhood||Sants – Montjuïc|
|Public Transport||Metro – Sants Estació|
|Underfoot||Paved & grass|
|Sculptures / Public Art?||Yes|
|Café / Refreshments?||Yes, open air cafe|
|Children’s Play Area?||Yes|
|Sports / Fitness Equipment?||Yes, 2 basket ball courts and table tennis tables|