In the neighbourhood of Horta, the oldest park of Barcelona can be found, the Parc del Laberint d’Horta. Designed by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti in 1792 at the direction of the owner of the land Joan Desvalls, the Marquis de Llupià i d’Alfarràs, it was already a fine example of a city garden, which reached its apogee when the marquis’s descendants extended the grounds under the supervision of the architect Elies Rogent with the addition of a romantic garden with flower beds, small squares, tall trees and a waterfall.
A total of 55 hectares of partially landscaped gardens were laid out according to the taste for neo-classical gardens at the time, and the park’s woodland setting give it that romantic touch. The grounds are full of hidden corners to be discovered, some of them decorated with sculptures of mythological figures.
The park is also the home of the Torre Soberana, a 14th-century country house, which was restored and redecorated in the Arabesque style in the 19th century. The park takes its name from the maze, created from cropped cypress trees, and is a charming spot for a meeting place at the foot of the Collserola range where young and old alike can enjoy their leisure time.
Address: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1
Metro: Mundet (L3)
Bus: 27, 60, 73 and 76
Guided Visits: 934 132 400
Opening times: daily from 10am to 9pm
Services: Handicapped accessible