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Get lost in 'El Parc del Laberint d'Horta'

Get lost in 'El Parc del Laberint d'Horta'

Seen all of Barcelona's highlights? Or do you prefer to explore less popular sites? In that case, be sure to head off to this special park in the Horta-Guinardó district, in the hills of Barcelona, next to Gràcia.

'El Parc del Laberint' was built in 1791 by Joan Antoni Desvalls i d'Ardena on the former estate of the Desvalls family, who donated it to the city of Barcelona in 1967. This historical parc includes the oldest preserved garden in the city. On the premises, spanning over 9 hectares, you can find a medieval watchtower, a waterfall, a canal, and an actual labyrinth well worth getting lost in. It's a popular spot for locals, and you'll see many families enjoying a picnic, lovers having a moment to themselves, and newly-weds posing for a romantic photo shoot.

As the park is located quite high up, you will need to brace yourself for a bit of a climb. Departing from Plaça Catalunya, it will take you about 45 minutes cycling to get there. But hey, if things get to steep, you can always walk your bike the last bit, right? The stunning views over Barcelona, the walk through a beautiful, authentic labyrinth and your off-the-beaten-track local park experience will make up for everything. As will your effortless way back downhill!