Leisure in Barcelona

Parks and gardens

For an afternoon of relaxation, to read a book, to stroll, to do sport, to enjoy…

  • Parc de la Ciutadella on Avda. Marquès d’Argentera, inside of which there are many museums.
  • Park Güell, on carrer Larrard.
  • Jardins Joan Maragall, built for the 1992 Olympic Games and located at the entrance of Palauet Albéniz, on the mountain of Montjuïc.
  • Barcelona Jardí Botànic
  • Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, next to Sants train station.
  • Parc de Joan Miró or Parc de l’Escorxador, on Carrer Aragó
  • Parc del Laberint d’Horta, on Carrer Germans Desvalles
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Parc del Fòrum
  • Open-air museum Poble Espanyol


Barcelona has six beaches that cover 2.5 miles of coastline and it is another of the city’s attractions. They are perfectly communicated with the city centre. You can enjoy the beaches all year round, since they are totally equipped with sports facilities.

From east to west, you find the beaches of Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta, where you can find a talaso-therapy centre, Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella, with a space reserved for naturists.


The seafront is one of the busiest nightlife spots in the city, going from Moll de la Fusta to the surrounding area of Palau de Mar, going through Rambla de Mar, as well as the area of Port Olímpic.

To experience and enjoy the nightlife you just have to choose the option that adapts best to your preferences. On Passeig de Gràcia and the area of Poblenou, you can find the most alternative and local bars and clubs, whilst the more refined crowd head towards Sant Gervasi and Tibidabo. Tourists choose the areas of Raval, the Barri Gòtic, Poble Espanyol, Maremàgnum and Port Olímpic.

In the last few years, the area of Eixample has consolidated itself as one of the most popular gay areas in the city among young people.