The oldest garden in the city of Barcelona and still preserved in splendor is the Labyrinth of Horta park, did you know it? This historic garden is located in the Horta-Guinardó district of Barcelona on the former estate of the Desvalls family (1794). If you have already been there, you can never go again to enjoy its beauty and its challenges, such as not getting lost in the labyrinth of Horta in Barcelona.
The labyrinth is one of the largest in Spain and if you enjoy the activity, it is well worth a repeat visit to lose yourself in the labyrinth’s twists and turns until you can emerge victorious. Enjoy this ride as a couple or with your family.
Several scenes from the movie Perfume were filmed there. Admission is paid, but on Wednesdays and Sundays it is free. Right at the entrance you can see the house where the original owners lived in the eighteenth century, the Marquis of Llupià i Alfarràs and his family. At that time it was a farm two hours away from Barcelona if you arrived by carriage.
By 1967 the family ceded it to the City Hall, which in turn opened it to the public in 1971.
The labyrinth was elaborated with cut cypress trees (about 750 meters of trees) distributed in an area of 45 x 50 meters. It is said that the famous Labyrinth of the Minotaur in Crete was used as a model for the shape. In fact, when you go in there is a relief that says: “Enter, you will get out without any detour, the labyrinth is simple, it is not necessary the ball that Ariadne gave to Theseus”.
Inside the park you can also enjoy a neoclassical garden from the 18th century and a very romantic one from the 19th century. You can also appreciate sculptures, fountains, waterfalls, pavilions, ponds, all as part of a romantic atmosphere to enjoy with your partner.
Near the park you can currently find the Vall D’Hebron hospital and the velodrome for the Olympic Games.
What else can you find in the labyrinth of Horta in Barcelona?
It is a park with a varied biodiversity. During the tour you can marvel at a variety of species such as camellias, linden, a Jupiter tree and the Himalayan cedar.
In the garden of love you can enjoy a plantation of agapanthus or the flower of love and its intense violet color, as well as mythological sculptures, springs and fountains.
The park is considered a garden-museum, because in addition to appreciating the flora and the labyrinth, you can also walk among romantic and neoclassical buildings. Its unique architecture, its harmonious integration with nature, its flowers, its landscape and fresh air make the park a place to visit as many times as you want.