Wander neoclassical gardens at a former royal estate at Laberint d’Horta Park.
The oldest garden in the city, the Laberint d’Horta was once the property of the Marquise Desvalls. Explore lush green spaces in search of striking statuary and plant life, then find love—in the figure of Cupid at the center of the garden maze. Above the maze there’s a large terrace overlooking the gardens and a charming pavilion with a reflecting pool full of carp. Pack a picnic, the snack bar is limited and overpriced.
Address: Parc del Laberint d’Horta Passeig dels Castanyers, 1 08035, Barcelona
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Seek out spots away from the crowds
Monasteries, Modernista buildings, lush green spaces, and historic cemeteries are tucked away into hidden corners in and around Barcelona. In the city proper, visitors can spend an afternoon snapping shots of gorgeous funerary art at Montjuïc or Poblenou cemeteries. Barcelona’s beautiful Labyrinth Park is hardly a secret but it’s far enough from downtown to discourage many tourists from making the trip. Just outside Barcelona, in Sant Joan Despí, there’s a bevy of Modernista buildings designed by Gaudí disciple Josep Maria Jujol. One of the most noteworthy, Torre de la Creu, is located just steps from the main train station.