Adress: Passeig Picasso or Passeig Lluis Companys – Arc de Triomf
Metro station: Arc de Triomf, Barceloneta, Jaume
The Born area is close to the Park. Cross the street from the Passeo Picasso or from the street to Francia train station.
The Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s most central park. It is located next to the Francia train station and to the Born area. The park includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. The Catalan Parliament is seated at a building in the center of the park. The zoo is at one of the entrance.
In 1714, after a 13 month long siege, Barcelona fell to the army of Philips V during the war of the Spanish Succession. In order to keep firm control over Barcelona, King Philips V built the largest fortress in Europe, a star-shaped citadel or ‘Ciutadella’. A large part of the Ribera district was demolished to make way for this fortress. Only 30 years later was the neighborhood rebuilt at another location as the ‘Barceloneta‘. A beautiful monument with a big lightened flame recording the death of so many people on September 11th, 1714 can be seen on side of the Cathedral of the Sea.
The park also features a small lake , a popular spot where you can hire a rowing boat.