A big city like Barcelona needs large green areas that connect with nature in order to allow its visitors to forget the urban hustle and bustle for a moment or two. Fortunately, Barcelona has a very extensive network of gardens and urban parks that are closely connected to its history, culture and art.
One of the most popular public parks is Ciutadella, the largest and one of the oldest in Barcelona. On the grounds of the great 1715 citadel, a park has been designed and created with Felipe V's command. This park is based on the 1872 Parisian Luxembourg Gardens. In 1988 it hosted the World Exposition event and in 1892 it was extended to house the Zoo.
It constitutes an oasis of tranquility, with features as outstanding as its surprising waterfall, a navigable pond, a beautiful greenhouse and monuments as attractive as the Castle of the Three Dragons. Admirable and centuries-old plant species and multiple kinds of birds as well as statues as popular as the life-size stone mammoth are some of its great attractions.