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Barcelona Photography: Parc del Laberint

Photography Locations in Barcelona – The Labyrinth Park

What?

The oldest garden park in Barcelona, designed in 1792 for an aristocrat, Joan Desvalls. It’s explorable in half a day and can be a great location for a full day’s photoshoot.

The Parc del Laberint is outside Barcelona’s centre, so is usually quiet and safe. It’s slightly busier on Wednesday and Sunday when it’s free. There’s actually a cap of 750 people per day anyway. The neighbourhood is called Horta/ Montbau.

Obviously the park gets its name from the labyrinth, but with its hedges as mangy as an old fox such that you can see straight into its interior, this isn’t a highlight; though it does make an interesting background for your photos. Maze aside, the amazing feature is the ornate but beautifully decaying stonework and water features – canals, ponds and waterfalls. These give a great feel to the photographs, especially as part of a series.

There’s a neo-classical theme, with statues of Eros, Dionysus, Ariadne and Theseus among others. The themes of love and death abound in the Horta Labyrinth park.

When?

1st April – 31st October: Daily from 10am to 8pm
1st November – 31st March: Daily from 10am to 7pm

Christmas Day, December 25th: 10am to 2pm

Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Price?

Less than 3 euros, and free on Wednesday and Sunday.

Special Thoughts?

No pets, skateboards, bikes, balls or food. The latter is obviously important if you’re planning to spend the day there. ‘I’m a diabetic who promises not to leave any litter…’

There are lots of steps, but the Parc del Laberint has been (re)designed with ramps etc for disabled access.

Where?

Address: Passeig dels Castanyers 1, 08035, Barcelona – 41°26?25?N 2°8?44?E
Metro: L3, Mundet. Green line, about 15 minutes from Placa de Catalunya. The entrance is about a five minute walk from the metro, uphill.
Bus: 27, 60, 73, 76, B19