Horta's Labyrinth Gardens

Eighteenth century neoclassical garden

Interesting because: the oldest garden in town with with sculptures of Greek mythology.

Address: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035, Barcelona

Times: 1 April to 31 October daily from 10 am to 8 pm. 1 November to 31 March daily from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed 25 December.

Price: General: 2,23€ / - 5 years free.

The gardens were visited by various kings: Carlos IV (1802), Fernando VII and Alfonso XIII (1929). Near the park’s entrance is the former palace owned by the Desvalls, with neo-Arabic and neo-Gothic decorations.

El Parc del Laberinto de Horta is a historical green space in Horta-Guinardó, the oldest in Barcelona. On land once owned by the Desvalls family, near the Collserola mountain range, the park has a neo-classical garden from the 19th century, and a romantic-style garden from the 19th century.

The park also contains the Torre Subirana, a medieval watchtower, and many sculptures, some referencing Greek mythology, others folklore, and there are a number of fountains, wells, and ponds.

The neo-classical garden spreads over three levels
  • On the lowest level: we find the grassy labyrinth that gives the park its name. There is a marble relief depicting Ariadne and Theseus and in the centre of the labyrinth is a statue of Eros.
  • On the second level: there are several Italian-style pavilions, with Tuscan columns and statues of Diana and Artemis. By the staircase is a bust of Dionysius, God of wine and revelry.
  • On the third level: pavilion dedicated to the 9 muses, crowned with a sculpture that represents art and nature. Behind the pavilion is a large pond fed by a foundation depicting the nymph Ederia.

The romantic garden is made up of a series of flowerbeds shaded by large trees. There are only a few traces of the original garden, but it seems that the design made allusions to death, to contrast with the neo-Classical gardens analysis of love.

L3 station Mundet. Follow the signs once you exit the station.