On one of the outer edges of Barcelona next to the Serra de Collserola, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district, is the Parc del Castell de l’Oreneta, a 17-hectare forest worthy of an entire day’s visit, especially if you are travelling with young children.
The greatness of the park is precisely its lush, typically Mediterranean vegetation, although there are also aromatic plants and some traces of the agricultural past from the farms it used to house. Some things you might find there include orange trees, medlar trees, olive trees, and almond trees.
Apart from its natural beauty, the park offers fantastic views of Barcelona and a wide array of facilities that make for a spectacular day. Children’s play areas, ping- pong tables, a food bar, pony stables, fountains, picnic areas, spaces for dogs, and bathrooms, plus the train that crosses the park, with a 636-metre track that includes 3 tunnels. This train, the main attraction at Parc del Castell de l’Oreneta, has been operating since 1984 on Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00. It is one of the best miniature trains in Europe.
The park is open from 10:00 to nightfall, and access is through the Camino de Can Caralleu, Pasaje de la Blada, and Av. Espasa, all on the Ronda de Dalt service road.