Stop and smell the roses… Parc de Cervantes
When walking into Parc de Cervantes, we are overwhelmed by the amount of roses. Roses in all the colours of the rainbow and in so many different shapes and sizes. Thousands of them. Between the rose bushes is lush green grass and there are borders with nice herbs and other plants. Several pergolas, all covered in climbing roses growing up and over the top, provide nice shadowy spots to sit down and relax. After marvelling over the beauty of one rose, you turn around and see one that is equally stunning. And then another one, maybe even more beautiful! Big flowers with lots of petals, small ones with a stripy pattern, ones with lots of different shades of pink and orange. The roses in this park are amazing. Not to mention the sweet perfume some of the flowers exude!
The rose garden in Parc de Cervantes is a very well kept garden with around 10,000 rose bushes. There are many different species from all around the world. Some of them are wild roses, others were cultivated. The rose garden takes up about 4 hectares of the park. It’s not a surprise that Parc de Cervantes is the location of the “Barcelona International Competition for New Roses”. The competition is a display of new rose plants from breeders who come from all around the globe. The competition is held in the start of May. A great time to visit the garden. But because of all the different types of plants and Barcelona’s warm climate, you will find roses in bloom until autumn.
For anyone who loves flowers, Parc de Cervantes is a great place to visit. It is not the typical place to go when visiting Barcelona but it’s worth getting off the tourist trail for a look. A lovely place to enjoy some quiet time and enjoy the splendour of mother nature. So stop and smell the roses!
To visit Parc de Cervantes:
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 708-716
Opening hours: From 10:00 until dusk
How to get there:
Metro L3, Zona Universitària