One of the things we like most about Barcelona is that you never leave the city without finding something new: a hidden place, a new gastronomic centre of gourmet cuisine, a beautifully designed building or one of those special places that not everyone knows about. Today, in the middle of spring, we decided to spend the day in one of the most romantic and beautiful places in the city, one that does not usually appear in all the travel guides and that gives many unique moments. Yes, today we are going to walk to the Labyrinth of Horta de Barcelona.
This beautiful neoclassical garden located to the north of the Catalan capital (about 15 minutes drive from the city, if you take the Petit Palace Boquería Garden, the Petit Palace Barcelona or the Petit Palace Museum as a starting point) is not only the oldest garden in the city, but it is an authentic work of art created between 1794 and 1808 by Domenico Bagutti, an Italian architect who had a a lot of success in those days.
Magic in purest state
Very few know that this labyrinth (and its stunning surroundings) were part of the film set of the film adaptation of Best Seller “Perfume”. This place is like a garden of Versailles on a smaller scale – it is a historical reference of the city of Barcelona after having witnessed the royal receptions of figures like Carlos IV and Alfonso XIII.
In its more than nine hectares, the Labyrinth of Horta de Barcelona is a unique natural space full of flower beds, waterfalls, large trees, fountains and terraces featuring different artistic styles ranging from classical and neoclassical to romantic. That place where you take a romantic date and the perfect setting for lovers of artistic photography.
Maximum care for details
If you plan to visit the garden-museum of the Labyrinth of Horta de Barcelona do wast time as the site only admits 700 visitors a day. The reason? The premise of preserving the place and its structure.
It is a fact that the attention to detail is the secret to the success of this place. A place that seems to be drawn from a story where you can walk through thousands of plants, in which you will discover unique facilities such as its neogothic palace, the same that houses the Labyrinth Formation Centre and in which you will discover details that can not be appreciated by the naked eye.