Parc de la Ciutadella – City Respite
Here at SBT we believe hectic city life is only as good as it’s corresponding chill time. This beautiful park finely smoothes out the stresses of co-inhabitation, and washes away the aches and pains of apartment life.
Take a picnic with your friends, join a capoeira session, or just sit back and meditate to the faint patter of the drums.
This tranquil site has been vastly transformed since the terrorising citadel first built in 1714 to repress independence-seeking Catalans. When the fortress was finally torn down, Josep Fontserè I Mestre, the green architect in charge, opted to breathe new life into this symbol of repression. He installed a series of ponds, water features and statues amongst a network of winding paths, providing the ultimate city respite.
Although providing a great chill spot any day of the week, the place really comes alive at the weekend. Groups of artists and dancers practice their trades over a few drinks and doobies, whilst musicians provide a tuneful soundtrack. Take a picnic with your friends, join a capoeira session, or just sit back and meditate to the faint patter of the drums.
SBT says dine on: A hamper brimming with treats.
SBT says wine on: Locally sourced cerveza and cheap shop wine.
Photo credit: Thanks to Ulf Liljankoski