Once a part of the inhabited town, King Charles I destroyed the location and constructed a fortress during the 1700s. By 1869, General Prim gained control and renovated the area into a park. A statue commemorating the military leader remains standing there today. In addition to beautiful landscaping, the park houses a number of attractions. The old palace now serves as an art gallery. Visitors also find museums displaying geological and paleontology objects. A greenhouse features a variety of plant species and one of Europe’s best zoos makes its home in the park
Named for the donor of the land, artist Antonio Gaudi designed the park and many of his elaborate creations dot the landscape. A museum within the park features Gaudi’s life and works. Considered the most famous park in the city, UNESCO declared the area a world heritage site. The location originated as a private estate until deemed a public park in 1922. Some of the main features of the park include the primary entrance and the stairway that takes guests up to the Hundred Columns Room, also known as the Sala Hipostila.
Parc de Montjuïc
Montjuic translated means “mountain of the Jews.” The park consists of 620 acres (250 hectares) that extends from the peak of a small mountain and travels downward to the sea. Taller mountains also surround the location and provide amazing views over Barcelona. A cable car journeys to the peak and a tourist bus takes guests to the various points of interest in the park. Besides the Olympics facilities, Montjuic features an art museum, museum of industrial arts and many others amongst a wide array of specialized gardens and water features. A castle on the peak houses a café/restaurant. The various gardens and museums provide hours of relaxing entertainment.
Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes I Estany de Sant Maurici
Located approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of a little town known as Lleida, the park contains over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of valleys and mountain scenery. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts, many scale 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) up into the majestic Pyrenees for picturesque views over the land. Strolling along the many paths and trails, visitors encounter over 150 lakes and numerous waterfalls. Public bus routes travel to many access points around the park.
Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa
Though centered on the La Garrotxa, a volcano that erupted thousands of years ago, the location features approximately 30 volcanic cones and interesting lava flow formations. The park encompasses over 29,000 acres (11,000 hectares) of partially mountainous land. A favorite with bird watchers, Garrotxa serves as home to well over 100 species of birds in addition to a wide range of plant species. Natural waterfalls and ponds also attract those looking to escape the heat of the summer. You can get great rate flights and holidays to Spain from online tour operators such as Thomson so go see what bargain you can pick up and get out to see these historic parks and momumnets.
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