Right on the edge of Barcelona, where Avinguda Diagonal leaves the city and heads for the cities of Tarragona and Lleida, is Cervantes Park, a spacious green area noted for its wide paths and large grassy areas. As well as these generally sunny spaces there are a great variety of trees offering welcome shade to park visitors.
The park is much appreciated by Barcelona residents as it offers fresh air in a haven of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also a favoured spot for cyclists and joggers, and in the centre of the park there is a children’s playground and Ping-Pong tables. For refreshment there is a water fountain and a picnic area beneath a nearby pine grove.
A notable feature of the park is the Rosaleda rose garden with over 200 species of rose covering over four hectares. This collection of over 10,000 rose bushes is in bloom from spring till October. For ten years now the Barcelona International New Rose Competition has been held in the Rosaleda, and visitors can also see winning plants from previous years. This contest is usually advertised throughout the city, where appreciation of roses goes way back.
A tour of this rose exhibition takes us through Asia, America, the Middle East and Europe to the origins of the different rose varieties.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 706.
Metro: L3 Zona Universitària.
Bus: 7, 33, 60, 74.
Barcelona Bus Turístic: Parc Diagonal Mar.
Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 20:00.