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Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens

One of Europe’s largest cactus gardens

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On the side of Montjuïc mountain there is a garden dedicated to plants from sub-desert, desert and tropical climates. The Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens are home to 800 species of cactuses and succulent plants at a lookout point with panoramic views of Barcelona’s coastline and port.

Why visit the Costa i Llobera Gardens?

Created in 1970, the gardens bear the name of the Majorca-born poet Miquel Costa i Llobera, forming with the Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Gardens and the Joan Maragall Gardens, the three parks on Montjuïc dedicated to Catalan poets.

The Costa i Llobera Gardens specialise in cactuses and succulent plants and constitute an excellent open-air classroom where you can learn about the evolutionary strategies adopted by varieties of succulent plants to adapt to environments with little water. In addition to plant life, the gardens are also home to various decorative elements, such as a pergola that offers protection from the sun, which reaches all corners of the park, and various sculptures, including "La puntaire" (the lacemaker), by Josep Viladomat, located on a part of the mountain that offers good views and benches to enjoy them.

 

How do you get to the Costa i Llobera Gardens?

From the Miramar – Jardins Costa i Llobera stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic you can get to the gardens in just a few minutes by following Avinguda de Miramar.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? In 1987, "The New York Times" included the Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens on its list of the world’s ten most beautiful gardens.
  • Local’s tip: The temperature in these gardens is two degrees higher than anywhere else in the city and there are few shaded areas, so it is advisable in the summer to avoid visiting at midday.
  • A must: For specialists and green-fingered amateurs with an interest in desert and sub-desert plants.