The Horta Maze was created when a Catalan aristocrat decided to convert an old, extensive family property at the end of the 18th century. The garden’s layout, buildings and ornamentation were designed by Bagutti – an Italian architect – and Delvalet – a French gardener.
It was enlarged in the mid-19th century, this part adopting a romantic style. In 1969 the family reached an agreement with Barcelona City Council who acquired the estate and opened it to the public. Restoration works began in 1993. Although the extraordinary maze is the best known part of the gardens, its other areas, statues and especially its luxuriant vegetation make a visit thoroughly enjoyable.
The park occupies an area of 9.1 hectares and become oficially open to the people only in 1971. The Horta park is divided into two parts: a neoclassical garden and a romantic garden. In each corner there are sculptures, some of them are inspirated to Greek mythology and others have a rustic decor, as well as a great number of fountains and ponds.
The Horta Maze is a perfect activity to do with your family, away from the busiest tourist routes. While your children play in the vegetation and nature, hiding in the maze, you can enjoy a romantic moment close to a waterfall or water features surrounded by caves, flowers and stones. In fact, part of the garden is dedicated to love, as evidenced by the big statue of Eros in the center of the park. You can also enjoy the architecture of the ancient palace of the family Devalls, with its neoarabo style.
The park is located in Mundet (Mundet Underground stop, the green line), on Wednesdays and Sundays the tour is free, but the garden is open all the week. Feel free to leave your apartment in Barcelona for a pleasure picnic in the park under the shade of century-old trees during a beautiful sunny day.