Ajuntament de Barcelona

Joan Brossa Garden

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Characteristics
Average length: 
25 min
Distance: 
350 m
Opening times: 
10 am until dusk
Objectives: 
Discover a Mediterranean garden in a poethic and musical environment.
Accesses: 
Carretera de Montjuïc near Plaça de la Sardana. You can also access through Carrer dels Tarongers and make the itinerary in reverse.
Audience: 
All audiences, specially recommended to the youngest ones, up to 8 years old
Associated spaces: 
Joan Brossa Garden

The route begins on the gate of Joan Brossa Garden located at Carretera de Montjuïc. On your left you can see the monument La sardana (1966), by Josep Cañas, located at Plaça de la Sardana, in front the Mirador de l’Alcalde; the views from this point over the town and the harbour are breathtaking.

Right at the garden’s doorstep, there is a small terrace with benches and a fountain. Here you can see several perennial plants, such as the orpine (84) and the native hops (85). The low irrigation need of some of them (as the native hops) contrasts with the plants that are a few further on (86) (winter heliotrope, soft rush, creeping Jenny, feather red grass), adapted to living in humid environments like riversides and marshes.

Following on and going down the stone stairs on the right hand, the path goes to a space where in old times it was the magazine Álvarez de Castro and, later, the tunnel of terror of the former amusement park of Montjuïc. There still is a wall from the front of the old magazine (1 m thick and about 7 m tall) where today one of Joan Brossa’s visual poems can be seen. The space has musical games (musical levers and a seesaw-keyboard) belonging to a collection of experimental instruments and audible appliances distributed along the route: musical cushions, musical wheels, wooden phones...

The vegetation is mainly Mediterranean: walnut (87), London plane (88), winter heliotrope (89), eulalia (90), narrow leaf ash (91), downy oak (92) and milfoil (93) follow one to another on the path.

A bit further on there is an area with a bronze statue honouring the clowns. It belonged to the old amusement park, just as the sculptures of Carmen Amaya, Charles Chaplin and Joaquim Blume (also in this garden but out of the itinerary). At the same space there is a species that blooms during all the winter, the health phylica (94).

At the final part of the route there are plants from different origin: Middle East (date palm (95)), Orient (Korean velvet grass (96), Persicaria amplexicaulis (97)), Europe (wild olive tree (98)) and America (Monterey cypress (99)).

The route finishes on the garden’s gate located at Carrer dels Tarongers, in front of the access gate to Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Garden, starting point of the next route.

Advice: 

Suitable footwear to walk and camera. Spare clothes for the children (in case they get wet or dirty when playing with the water games).