Cervantes Park was opened in 1965. It was designed by Lluis Riudor i Carol as a tribute to the rose. There are over 11,000 bushes and 235 different varieties in the park. The pleasant climate ensures the Cervantes Park roses are in flower from April until November.
Catalonia has a passion for the rose. On the 26th of April, the region celebrates Sant Jordi. The tradition is for the men to buy a rose for the women. Legend says a rose bush grew from the blood of the dragon killed by Sant Jordi.
Since 2001 the park has been host to an International Rose Show. The show features new species which are added to the collection. One type, 'Bamboo Rose' (Rosa multiflora watsoniana) is named 'Solidarity with Japan' in memory of the tsunami victims of 2011.
Amongst the rosebushes there are some sculptures. Two stone monuments to writers Àngel Ganivet and Concha Espina. A striking metal work entitled 'Rhombus Twins' by Andreu Alfaro. The more classical female nude 'Serenity' was carved by Eulàlia Fàbregas de Sentmenat in 1964.
Even though the Diagonal is close by, this is a peaceful spot. There is a small playground and picnic area. The shaded area by the palm tree is a meeting point for Tai-Che classes. Make sure you pop nextdoor to the Royal Palace.
Also Known For
Hosting the annual
Barcelona International New Roses Competition
The Cervantes Park is FREE
Metro Line 3 (green)
30 minute walk from Camp Nou