Somewhat confusingly, Barcelona has two botanical gardens: the new Jardí Botànic, and these, first planted in 1888 and greatly expanded for the 1929 International Exhibition. After 20 years of being off limits, the gardens were tidied up and re-opened again in 2003.
The gardens are hidden away in the hollows of two former quarries on the slopes of Montjuïc behind the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. Temperatures here are cooler than elsewhere on the big mountain (notably in the Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera), making it a perfect place for a siesta on a hot summer afternoon under the city's tallest trees. The Catalan Masia, or family farm house, was built for the Exhibition to show rural Catalan life, and is still used for various activities.
Avinguda dels Muntanyans
Hours Nov-Jan 10am-5pm; Feb, Mar and Oct 10am-6pm; Apr, May, Sept 10am-7pm; June-Aug 10am-8pm
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