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A VISIT TO THE PARK OF CASTELL DE L’ORENETA

September 30, 2011

http://en.visitbarcelona.com/images/image/120/ort_06.jpgThe park Castell de l’Oreneta is a large wooded area, which has become the link between the city and the hill of Collserola. The park was opened to the public in 1978 and conserves, almost intact, the original Mediterranean vegetation, with many species characteristic of the high plateaux around Barcelona.

Two trees are exceptional, and are catalogued as listed trees. One is an enormous eucalyptus, which, with the city at its feet, is at a bend on the path which bears its name. The other is a Santa Lucia cherry: a road was being built and had to be modified in order to preserve this fantastic tree.

It is by the pony stables, one of the main attractions for children who visit the park, and the tree is also close by the miniature train, which adults also love to visit.

When you visit the park, it is worth planning a whole day out. It is an excursion through the park, where urban planning has improved the network of paths, built rest areas, children’s playgrounds – the largest with table tennis tables – and picnic areas.

The miniature train in the Park del Castell de l’Oreneta, inaugurated in 1981, is one of the best scale models, and best equipped, in Europe. It is great fun and one of the highlights of the Barcelona countryside. On Sundays, visitors to the park can travel on the train from 11am to 2pm.

 

Address: c/ Montevideo, 45                 

Access: Camí de Can Caralleu, Passatge de la Blada and Carrers de Montevideo and dels Esports

Open: Every day from 10:00 to dusk

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