Jardins del Laberint d’Horta

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Jardins del Laberint d’Horta information

Location
Barcelona , Spain
Address
Passeig del Castanyers 1
Telephone
+34 93 413 24 00
Getting there
Metro: Mundet
Prices
adult/student €2.23/1.42, free Wed & Sun
Opening hours
10am-sunset
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These 18th-century gardens take their name from the central maze; other paths take you past a pleasant artificial lake, waterfalls, a neoclassical pavilion and a false cemetery. The last is inspired by 19th-century romanticism, characterised by an obsession with a swooning, anaemic (some might say silly) vision of death.

To reach the gardens, take the right exit upstairs at Mundet Metro station; on emerging, turn right and then left along the main road (with football fields on your left), then the first left uphill to the gardens (about five minutes).

The labyrinth, in the middle of these cool gardens (somehow odd in this environment, with modern apartments and ring roads nearby), can be surprisingly frustrating! Aim to reach the centre from the bottom end, and then exit towards the ponds and neoclassical pavilion. This is a good one for kids. Scenes of the film adaptation of Patrick Süskind’s novel Perfume were shot in the gardens.

Laid out in the twilight years of the 18th century by Antoni Desvalls, Marquès d’Alfarras i de Llupià, this carefully manicured park remained a private family idyll until the 1970s, when it was opened to the public.

Also in the area are two exceptional restaurants: Can Cortada and Can Travi Nou .