Parc de l'Oreneta
For grown-ups, the Parc de l'Oreneta is an area of urban woodland between Collserola and the city, an outdoor place where they can lose themselves and observe the wide variety of Mediterranean vegetation. For the kids, it represents a world of excitement.
The Parc de l'Oreneta opened in 1978, in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, where the Collserola ridge meets the city, on a site once occupied by two rural estates, Can Bonavia and Oreneta Castle, from which the park takes its name. The castle was built in the higher part of the estate, and today only a few walls remain. This green area, in the high part of Barcelona, features characteristic Mediterranean woodland species that had encroached on the abandoned farmland and includes pines, evergreen oaks and northern red oaks, fruit trees, as well as undergrowth rich in shrubs, and a wide variety of aromatic herbs. A network of paths makes it possible to explore this compact wooded area and lie in the shade of some of the trees that have been classified as listed species, such as the enormous eucalyptus and the Santa Llúcia cherry.
The higher areas of the park, where there is an imposing carob tree, offer exceptional panoramic views of Barcelona and its surrounding towns.
The main highlight for families:
Do you want to ride on a miniature steam train? Since 1981, the one in the Parc del Castell de l'Oreneta has been running on the 635 m track and delighting the kids. It has all kinds of amenities, including a small station, its own crew, eleven locomotives and three carriages. The children's play area has zip wires and rubber matting they can jump on.
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